About Hurghada

 

Once a tiny fishing village unknown to the rest of the world, Hurghada took on a growth explosion thanks to tourism in the 1980s and nowadays is one of Egypt’s most popular Red Sea resorts. In reality, the Hurghada of today comprises three main centres and numerous self-contained tourist villages. To the north, lies El-Dahar, which hosts more than half of the total local population and some of Hurghada’s more expensive hotels, restaurants and the tourist bazaar. A couple of kilometres south, between El-Dahar and New Hurghada lies Sigala, perhaps less popular than El-Dahar. Still further south is New Hurghada where there is a concentration of up market hotels and restaurants.

With pristine white beaches and impossibly beautiful turquoise water, which laps gently at the shore, it is little wonder that Hurghada has sky-rocketed in popularity. With recent unrest in the Middle East region, the number of travellers to Egypt has dipped, but things are on the up again. Visitors to Hurghada will be reassured to know that the government has dramatically ramped up security measures, making Hurghada, and other traveller hotspots, safer than ever.

There are dozens of activities here for travellers who like a bit of adventure but by far and away the most popular of them all is diving. Situated on the coast of the Red Sea, Hurghada is home to some of the most stunning reefs and marine life in the world. It also helps that the water is bath temperature and crystal clear, giving swimmers top notch visibility. If you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, a trip to the bazaar in El-Dahar or a camel ride through the desert should keep you suitably entertained.


Hurghada become (mainly since the early 1990) more popular with East European and Russian tourists. Being a modern town, Hurghada lacks any historical or noteworthy sites.


Hurghada is one of the main tourism attractions on the Red Sea in Egypt. Because of that, it can be reached from major airports in Europe and the Middle East.


Over the last ten years the citizens of Hurghada have seen an amazing development. From desert sand has risen a town with more than 200 hotels, booming shopping promenades and vibrant nightlife. With ever growing number of tourist and perfect climate, this Red Sea Riviera has no off season. Hurghada has a special community where local habits and culture is presented next to resort lifestyle and behavior.
But the biggest beauty of Hurghada starts where coast ends – blue Red Sea is the reason why your dreams will stay with us. If it takes place in or on the water you can do it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but above all, snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats.
The huge advantage of the Red Sea is that visitors can enjoy the beauty of the marine world equipped with nothing more than a mask, snorkel and flippers. The spectacle is of course even more impressive when wearing a tank and weight belt.


Close to Hurghada you will find many of Egypt’s top tourist attractions and most impressive resorts. A particularly favourite is Sharm el Sheikh, which lies alongside the Gulf of Aqaba and is famous for its scuba diving and sandy beaches, while on the south-western side of Hurghada, the provincial capital of Qena contains a particularly impressive temple complex. Also within reach of Hurghada, the city of Luxor is without equal and full of awe-inspiring monuments, such as the Valley of the Kings.


Hurghada Information :

  • Country: Egypt
  • Location: east coast / Red Sea coast
  • Status: town / resort
  • Population: approximately 50,000
  • Language: Arabic
  • Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)
  • Time zone: 2 hours ahead of GMT / UTC
  • Country dialing code: +20
  • Telephone area code: 065
  • Religion: predominantly Muslim, remaining Coptic Christian
  • Average daily Hurghada January temperature: 19°C / 66°F
  • Average daily Hurghada July temperature: 40°C / 104°F

Arriving to Hurghada

From abroad

Hurghada International and Domestic Airport, 10 minutes ride from city center, is receiving many flights through out the year. Most common are charter flights to Hurghada, which you can check out from your travel agent. Increasingly, regular flights are operating.
Before planning your holiday, check out the entry regulations. In some cases visa must be applied for from local embassy. However, for most of the nations, touristic visa can be easily obtained upon arrival from airport – either it is included in your travel package or you shall buy one from airport bank (ca 15 USD). The visa is valid for 30 days and can be prolonged for extra charge in Visa office located in El Dahar. Be aware that after stay of 90 days no charter flight is allowed for departure!
Upon arrival all passengers are given entry forms which must be filled for the passport control. Same applies to departure. Make sure that the passport is valid for at least six months from date of entry.


From other cities of Egypt

For domestic flight, ferry and bus routes please check the transportation paragraph.


The city of Hurghada is divided into three areas- Sheraton Road, El Dahar and the Promenade.

1- Sheraton Road (El Sakala)

Sheraton road or El Sakala center is the main tourist street in town. It is the busiest street in town with numerous bazaars, coffee shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, restaurants and night clubs. You will find many hotels on the sea side of Sakala. Across the street are situated apartments for locals and foreigners living here (especially Hadaba). Sakala square is located in the one end of the main street. Here you will find many fish restaurants and local eateries. From the beginning of Sakala in a walking distance you will find an El Arousa square – a bride or mermaid standing in the middle of the road. The street to the sea side will lead you to Hurghada Marina – the new city promenade by the marina with luxury yachts and apartments surrounded by old fisherman households. Opened in 2008, one will find in Marina many shops (incl. some high street brands), fabulous bars, fine dining restaurants, nightclubs or just nice walking area for warm summer nights.


2- The Promenade (Village Road)

The second famous touristic area is called Village road (El Memsha in Arabic). More than 5 km long promenade with wide and clean walking area, mainly 4 stars hotels, famous nightclubs, restaurants with international cuisine, some mall-type shopping centers and uncountable number of shops. For a first acquaintance with Hurghada, Village road is more peaceful and less harassment for tourist than one will experience in Sakala area, but therfore as well reflects much less local culture and lifestyle than any other parts of the town. Famous spots in Village road include Esplanada Mall, Kottas mall, Duty free shop, Little Buddha nightclub and Hard Rock café.


3- El Dahar

And then there is l eft El Dahar. Dahar is home for most of the locals living in the area, but as well for number of hotels, city council, aquarium, library, biggest mosques and food market. In Dahar one will find touristic and not so touristic areas, although until now, most of the areas are safe enough to sneak around and discover the other face of Hurghada. If interested in shopping, Dahar offers you streets full of bazaars and good bargains.

Hurghada Tours

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Half Day Tour To Karnak Temple & Luxor Temple

Visit two of the most important historical sites in Egypt, the Karnak Temple Complex and the Luxor Temple. See the
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1001 Nights Show

Includes: All transfers by A-C Van English speaking guide All taxes & service charge Excludes: All transfers by A-C Van
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Banana Boat & Tube Ride

Includes: All transfers by A-C Van English speaking guide All taxes & service charge Excludes: Travel insurance Optional and extra
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Camel Ride Trip

Includes: All transfers by A-C Van English speaking guide Camel riding Bedouin Tea All taxes & service charge Excludes: Travel
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Coloured Canyon & Dahab

You journey starts when you are collected from your hotel by Land Cruiser and taken on a two-hour drive into

Day To Aqua Park

The day will start by picking you up in the morning after you have your breakfast, at about 10:00 am,
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Dolphin Show

You would be picked up from your hotel at approximately 14.30pm and would drive for about 20 minutes (depending on
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Horse Ride Trip In Sinai Desert

Horseback riding is one of the most appealing activities in Sharm El - Sheikh, Enjoying the beauty and serenity of
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Breathtaking Sunrise at Mount Sinai (Moses Mount) & St. Catherine Monastery

Experience unforgettable sunrise from a top of" Moses" Mountain where Moses received the 10 Commandments .Descent after sunrise to visit
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Parasailing Excursion

Have you ever dreamed of flying in the sky? Here's your opportunity. Your parasailing will be safely secured to a
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From Sharm El- Sheikh: St. Catherine Monastery & Dahab

Enjoy amazing full-day trip from Sharm el-Sheikh, visit St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai. you will also
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Day Tour To Egyptian Museum, Citadel Salah El Din & Old Cairo

Enjoy tour to Egyptian Museum with the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world, then Visit Salah El Din
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Day Tour To Pyramids, Sphinx, Sakkara & Dahshur

This is a great excursion to see the most famous pyramids in Egypt. Visit the Giza Pyramids, the Step Pyramid
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Private Day Tour Giza & Museum from Hurghada by Road

Try to take the chance to dig deep inside the mystery of the Gigantic Pyramids and then visit the Egyptian
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Tohutmosis Tour

Discover the ancient culture of Cairo and the beauty of the weather and sunny beach to get your bronze skin
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Cairo Tour

Be the first one who Explore our amazing mixture of the Ancient Egyptian History& Islamic and Coptic history in Cairo
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Cairo to luxor tour

Discover the old Egyptian civilization as you will mix Ancient Egyptian with the old Coptic and old Islamic History, starting
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Depth Pyramids Oasis

This fantastic tour will take you to the beautiful deserts surrounding The Pyramids and Sphinx to ride camels and horses,
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Queen Isis

Live the adventure with us; As you will get a wide knowledge of ancient Egyptian history. Starting from the Old
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HATHOR: Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh & Petra

On this 7-days tour see the highlights of Cairo with Visit the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum,
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RAMSES II: Cairo & Aswan

If you want to live a stunning experience, come with us to enjoy visiting the highlights of Cairo and Aswan.
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RAMSES: Cairo & Luxor

Spend the most enjoyable 6 days in two of the most wonderful cities in Egypt, Visit the highlights of Cairo
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HATSHEPSUT: Cairo, Alexandria & El Fayoum Oasis

This package includes the many highlights of Cairo, Alexandria and  Fayoum Oasis. Discover the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Egyptian
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Amazing French Group

This is our latest amazing french group. They arrived to Luxor in 15 February and they enjoyed a breathtaking vacation in two
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Marvelous Queen Tye Dahbiya

Live a unique experience and sail by Queen Tye Dahabiya which built in the traditional style to visit the amazing

Red Sea Submarine from Safaga Port

spend almost 2 hours in a semi submarine, Experience the underwater world of the Red Sea without getting wet! aboard