Miles of white sand beaches, days of endless sunshine and countless luxury hotels – you could be forgiven to think you’ve stepped into paradise when you visit Hurghada.
Once a sleepy fishing village, it’s now the jewel of Egypt’s Red Sea holiday resort and it’s easy to see why. Home to world-renowned diving sites and a wealth of spotless beaches it provides the perfect introduction to an Egyptian holiday. If you are a first-timer to Hurghada, here is everything you need to know to get the most out of your stay.
Diving and snorkelling in some of the world’s best sites
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, you simply cannot visit Hurghada without seeing the amazing diving sites. Plunge below the surface and explore the luscious reefs and meet the colourful marine life that inhabits it. The Careless Reef is home to colourful and even the occasional hammerhead shark. You can take diving lessons from the many schools around Hurghada or simply grab a snorkel and go exploring.
Valley of the Kings
See the incredible hieroglyphics of an ancient civilisation by visiting the Valley of the Kings. A 4-hour drive from Hurghada, you can admire some of the earliest depictions of the Egyptian pharaohs and gods. The valley is home to a number of royal burial sites dating back 2100 BC and you can see the three tombs of Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses VI and Ay while learning more about this fascinating culture.
Walk among the exotic creatures of the deep at Hurghada’s Grand Aquarium. Get up close to sharks and stingrays in the underwater tunnel and learn about the earliest forms of whales at the Whales Valley paleontological site. A great day out for children and grown-ups, it teaches about the importance of conservation in an exciting and fun way.
Visit Hurghada Marina
Enjoy a pleasant evening soaking up the atmosphere of Hurghada’s swanky marina. A modern contrast to the old town of El Daha, the marina is a boulevard lined with restaurants, cafes and luxury shops. It’s an excellent place to enjoy a meal and count the number of luxury yachts float into shore from the Red Sea.
Hit the beaches
When you wake up to clear blue skies every morning, there is no excuse for hitting the beach. Many of the hotels in Hurghada and nearby El Gouna have their own private beaches, all of which are of the highest quality. Soak up the sun on the white sands and take a dip in the inviting crystal clear waters.
Take in a round of golf
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods, you can take in a round on the golf courses of Hurghada, El Gouna and Mikadi Bay. The resorts have some pristine courses, expertly designed to challenge all levels of golfers. Each with their own clubhouses, improve your handicap surrounded by dramatic scenery.
Visit El Gouna
El Gouna is Hurghada’s glamorous neighbour. This man-made resort is a picture of endless white sand beaches, luxury hotel after luxury hotel and an elegant marina area with an array of restaurants and cafes. There is a real community atmosphere around El Gouna with the town having its own football team, mosque and even hosts an annual film festival.
Have you even been to Egypt if you haven’t been on a camel ride? Explore the desert in the best way possible – from atop one of these graceful animals. Almost all hotels in Hurghada promote camel excursions and it is one of the best ways to take in the amazing scenery of the Red Sea. Embark on a tour around sunset and prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience.
Red Sea Monasteries
A short drive from Hurghada is the site of the Red Sea Monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul. Dating back to the 4th century AD, these beautifully preserved structures are considered to be the holiest within Coptic Church in Egypt. Known as an oasis in the desert, the Monastery of St. Anthony is the oldest of its kind in the world and is home to a bakery, chapels and churches.
Try the local food
You won’t struggle to find flavours from around the world in Hurghada but there is nothing quite sampling the local delicacies. Egypt cuisine takes inspiration from North Africa and the Middle East specialising in delicious falafel and shawarma but there are some typically Egyptian dishes such as ful medammes. This traditional dish is made of fava beans and spices and eaten with eggs, cheese, pita bread for breakfast – the perfect start to the day.
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