Cheap flights to Hurghada
When it comes to that good old mix of rest, relaxation and revelry, the Red Sea resort of Hurghada has a winning formula. Located on Egypt’s eastern coast, this relative newcomer in the world of sun-drenched tourist hotspots is famous for its crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, colourful coral reefs and all kinds of accommodation.
From five star luxury to simple self catering, you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for here. And the clientele? Well this place is popular with families, independent travellers, youngsters looking for a party and even your romantic break couples – and with beaches this good, it’s not difficult to see why.
Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January. It's the same celebration, just a different calendar, so expect the decorations to be up and the parties to continue until mid-January.
Want to buy gold or silver? There's no place better than Cristiano's, with its superb selection of classic and innovative designs as well as a made-to-order service. Extremely well priced: you will not get ripped off. Find it next to the Three Corners Hotel, El Dahar, Downtown. cristiano-hurghada.com
Egyptian cotton is the best in the world and Cotton House Karkoucha offers the best value and choice in bed linen, fluffy towels, cotton accessories and designer casuals. Items are fixed price but there's no harm in having a bit of a haggle, especially for multiple purchases (next to Gad, Sheraton Road, Sekalla).
In October and November Hurghada's skies are filled with storks on their migration path. Many hundreds at a time can be seen circling in the thermals and coming to rest on outcrops and desert flats.
The exciting Senzo Piazza is a great afternoon/evening venue. The floodlit square is dominated by a fountain with an illuminated glass obelisk. There are cafes, restaurants, bungee trampolines for the kids in addition to the full facilities of the adjacent Senzo Mall, with cinema, Kids Zone, hypermarket and clothes shops. Shuttle bus available from Hurghada (Safaga Road, senzomall.com).
The Ghost City, a disused mining town, is located a 40-minute drive by jeep into the Safaga mountains. See the mosque, cinema, cemetery, houses, schools and mine entrances. Enjoy the desert landscape and a local meal. unique-expeditions.com