There are at least two famous Pharaoh’s Island locations known to tourists all around the globe. One is near Shepperton Lock on England’s River Thames; the other one is also known as Ile de Graye and sits in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea, just a bit away from the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. It is the latter that is our topic here, and it is a delightful topic indeed: this is among the top travel destinations in the Aqaba Gulf, whether for those who want to see another of the country’s great historic fortresses or for those eager to get some snorkel/diving time in before they leave Jordan.
Pharaoh’s Island is about 17km or so from Aqaba itself and a mere 250m away from the Egyptian coastline. It is said that the oldest structures on the island date back to the 10th century BCE, when King Hiram of Tyre had plans for a major harbour to be erected on [Read more…]