Hurghada is hot on the heels of the more established Sharm el-Sheikh as one of Egypt’s most vibrant resorts. Clubbers from across the globe are increasingly heading to Hurghada, which stretches for more than 25 miles along the west coast of the Red Sea. Venues such as Ministry of Sound Egypt and Hed Kandi Beach Bar regularly host renowned DJs from Europe. But make sure you pack a swimsuit as well as the glow sticks. As with many of the other Red Sea resorts, Hurghada boasts dazzling beaches and inviting warm waters. It’s a hugely popular place for scuba diving and snorkelling. Marine life can even be seen from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. More adventurous beach-goers can try their hand at windsurfing.
There is plenty to do in Hurghada back on dry land and before you get the glad rags on for the evening’s fun. The nearby Sahara Desert is a great place to explore. Jeep safaris guide you through this desolate landscape. If you get the chance, we urge you to take a camel tour through the desert too. There’s no better way of sampling life as a Bedouin tribesman. History lovers can explore the Roman ruins at nearby Gebel Abu Dukhan. Or if you simply want to stay in Hurghada and shop for souvenirs, head to the local bazaar. Just make sure you put your best poker face on to haggle with the salesmen.
The liveliest tourist area of Hurghada revolves around El Sakala, or Sheraton Road as it is also known. Bazaars, coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs border this bustling route. If you can manage to navigate your way towards the sea, you will come to Hurghada Marina. This plush harbour was opened in 2008 and is packed with luxury yachts and apartments. If you’re keen to treat your loved one to a memorable evening, then head to one of the fine dining restaurants or chic bars here.
Just a 45-minute boat ride from Hurghada, Giftun Island is an untouched taste of paradise. This national park offers day trippers the chance to relax and play. You can soak up the sun on the beach, or explore the clear waters that are packed with fish, marine life and beautiful coral reef. There is even a chance to splash around with the dolphins that regularly play in these waters. Those looking for more energetic fun can participate in one of the many watersports on offer.
To get a taste of how the locals live, then the Daha neighbourhood is one of the least touristy areas of the city. The best reason to visit Daha is for the shopping. There are streets crammed with shops and bazaars. No trip to Egypt is complete with haggling for that priceless wooden camel souvenir.
As you relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Hurghada, we’re confident that your thoughts will eventually turn to considering one of the watersports on offer. There are plenty available. Water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing and parasailing take place year-round. If you’re looking for some more peaceful water-based fun, then book a place on one of the scuba courses at Hurghada’s diving centres. The marine life in the Red Sea really is breathtaking.
Gabel Al Dukhan ruins
There are plenty of excursions available from Hurghada to explore Egypt’s history. Coach trips run to the pyramids in Cairo and to the ancient city of Luxor. Closer to Hurghada, there are the remains of the Roman quarry of Gabel Al Dukhan to wander around. The precious stone of imperial porphyry was mined here for around 300 years.
Bars, restaurants and nightclubs keep holidaymakers of all energy levels entertained in Hurghada. Spend an evening at a local bar sampling Egyptian beers and wines. Or if you’re looking to spend all night partying and all day recovering, then dance at one of the chic nightspots spread throughout Hurghada.
Beaches in Hurghada
Golden sandy beaches spread along the coast as far as the eye can see in Hurghada. There’s no doubt that you will spend a chunk of your holiday on these inviting beaches. Among the most popular sandy stretches are the Old Vic and Dream Beach.
Want to try some authentic Egyptian cuisine on your trip to Hurghada? You’re in luck! But be prepared to sample a seemingly never-ending range of dishes. Along the Red Sea coast, fresh fish is one of the staple foods and diners will be invited to select a specific fish from the kitchen before it is grilled to perfection. But lamb kebabs and kofta meatballs are also one of the staples of Egyptian diet. These are almost always served with a crisp flatbread and a range of mezzes. These are small dishes of salad and sauces, such as hummus.
You don’t need to stick to Egyptian cuisine in Hurghada. The town boasts a mix of local and international restaurants serving delicious food from across the globe. It’s just as easy to order a pizza as a kebab. For high-end dining, head to the modern surroundings of the marina. There is not just renowned food to enjoy here. Diners can sip on a glass or two of wine with the magnificent backdrop of the Red Sea.
As a vibrant alternative to Egypt’s popular resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada is an ideal destination for all ages and interests. Family fun can be enjoyed on the golden sandy beaches and in the warm waters of the Red Sea. Clubbers, meanwhile, can party into the early hours at Hurghada’s bars and nightspots. Book your holiday to Hurghada with easyJet holidays and benefit from a hassle-free trip. You can even save on your holiday when you book your flight and hotel together with easyJet holidays. If you’re still interested in other Egyptian destinations, then read some of our other destination guides.