Michele, who has been living and working in Switzerland for years, escaped to a warm destination in February, Dahab, in Egypt, and sent us this accurate review of the spot, which will be useful for many.
Windsurf spot reviews: Dahab (Egypt)
Escape from winter
February 2018, Zurich. The Burian, a cold wind from the Siberian steppes, has found a way to Europe, including the islands, and the situation is shaping up dramatically. Faced with temperatures that would make even a Swiss banker shiver, and let alone the wild monkey that has been laying on my shoulder for many weeks, I need to find an escape that allows me to get sane until the warmth of spring.
This time, after having surfed in previous years in Hurghada and Abu Soma, I decide to try Dahab. The choice will prove to be the right one, and will give me a week of surfing that will make me feel at peace until next summer, spring, week.
A wonderful holiday, with six days of wind good to glide out of seven (smaller sail a 5.5, for my 90 kg.), and maximum temperature, during the day, of 27 Celsius degrees (in the evening, I wore just a t-shirt).
The only downside was the shock of returning to Zurich with a snowstorm still going on: too early!!
Dahab is located in Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula, in the Gulf of Aqaba, and overlooks the Red Sea (see map in the final part of the article). It can be reached by landing at Sharm-el-Sheick airport, after a four-hour flight from North Europe, and continuing by bus for approximately 75 minutes. It is a small fishing village, which, with the explosion of tourism, about twenty years ago, has seen rising a tourist complex made of mini resort with bungalows and swimming pool, one next to the other, where there was nothing.
Its peculiarity is that the heights of the Sinai make the thermal winds channel along the gulf, and, in Dahab, the Venturi effect is amplified by the fact that immediately behind the village there are the mountains. The result is 300 days of wind a year, which in fact have made it a success as a favorite surfing destination for Swiss and German people, expecially.
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