What's on Hurghada


What's on?

The resort isn't renowned for its calendar of events, but there are a few interesting celebrations throughout the year...


If you're in Hurghada when these events take place, do wander along and check them out - you'll receive a warm welcome from the locals.

Hurghada International Festival; February: Get your running gear ready (or simply watch and cheer on the competitors) as Hurghada welcomes this annual sporting extravaganza, which includes a triathlon and a half marathon. girls names

Sham el-Nessim; Easter Monday: Also known as the festival of 'sniffing the breeze', as this is when the scents of spring arrive and locals enjoy a public holiday to rejoice. Many families take a picnic to the beach - you can stock up at a local shop and join in. boys names

Tourism and Shopping Festival; July-August: This nation-wide event sees big discounts on dining and bargains in the shops. You can save a lot of money, though you'll have to be prepared for the heat as summer is sweltering in Egypt.

Top Things to do in Hurghada


What to see?

There's much more to see and do in Hurghada than sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling...


Get active in Hurghada and see what this part of Egypt has to offer intrepid holidaymakers.

Top five attractions

Makadi Water World

This waterpark has all the key ingredients for a tasty day in the sun: slides, pools, games and plenty of family amenities.

Sinbad Submarine tour

See life beneath the Red Sea without getting wet via these fun submarine trips that tour the coral reefs looking for a host of wonderful fish and marine life.

Jeep safari

Take an adrenaline-fuelled journey across the sands of the Egyptian Sahara in a 4x4. Most tour operators then let you whizz about on quad bikes before allowing a look at a Bedouin village, where dinner and traditional dancing usually round off the evening under a canopy of stars.

Snorkelling at Sharm El Naga

This resort, less than an hour south of Hurghada, attracts many holidaymakers looking for a peaceful stay in one of the great hotels. Even if you don't base your break here, you should consider a day trip to check out the fantastic array of coral reefs and fish that live just off the sparkling coastline.

Safaga

Health tourism is booming in this port town, which is close to Sharm El Naga. The healing properties of the black sands and the mineral springs are renowned for helping skin conditions, though it's a dramatic and beautiful place in which to simply relax and soak up the abundant sunshine.

Where to stay in Hurghada


Where to stay?

Hurghada hotels are mainly self-contained centres, with activities, entertainment and nightlife for everyone...


The area has a number of popular resorts, including Makadi Bay, which even though popular with tourists remains fairly quiet. Here the stunning scenery is complemented by a more subdued nightlife. El Gouna appeals to the more sophisticated tourist and has a vibrant marina scene. The purpose-built resort of Sahl Hasheesh offers extensive views of the Red Sea and mountains, allowing you to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the area.

Why Go To Hurghada

Home to a plethora of resorts, the area of Hurghada on the Egyptian Red Sea is a mecca for tourists looking to dive and snorkel in the clear blue waters.
Why Go To Hurghada

Why go?

The area has something to offer everyone, with the old bazaars mixing with the modern boutiques...


At just over a five-hour flight from the UK and with an abundance of self-contained hotels, Hurghada is perfect for the family market.

If your main aim during a holiday is to experience the wealth of diving sites, then you won't be disappointed. With stunning coral reefs and huge shoals of tropical fish, there'll be something to amaze even the most experienced of divers. Most of the hotels in Hurghada have on-site dive schools or can arrange lessons and equipment for you. Whatever your level, there's an area for you, with easy access to snorkelling at Sharm El Naga as well as the opportunity to explore around Shadwan Island for the more advanced diver.

When you fancy a break from diving, why not head into the Sahara desert on quad bikes or take a camel ride? It's also a great base for trips to Luxor and Cairo or to take a boat to the stunning Giftun Island Marine National Park. If you want to experience some Egyptian culture then visit the ancient monasteries of St Paul and St Anthony. If you're looking for some luxury and relaxation try out the mineral spas at Safaga.

There is a lively nightlife in Hurghada, with Western influences seen in the foam parties and techno discos. But you can also enjoy the traditional Egyptian belly dancing. For some excellent local fish and seafood, take a trip to the Safaga Port area.

Hurghada is a fantastic place to visit throughout the year. It has mild winters and the Red Sea breeze makes the warm summers less oppressive. For some retail therapy, why not take a trip in July and August for the annual Tourism and Shopping Festival? Or you could go for a picnic Egyptian-style during the Shem al Nessim Festival in April.

From haggling in the ancient bazaars to dancing the night away, Hurghada is a holiday destination for all the family. You can visit the mosques in the old town, followed by a meal in a café or boutique-shopping in the modern resort.

General information about the Hurghada International Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located inland, 5 km (3 miles) southwest of the downtown of the city of Hurghada (El Dahar district). It serves Hurghada, the center of Red Sea Governorate of Egypt, seaport city Safaga and a lot of amazing Red Sea beech and aquatic sports resorts: Al Quseir, Sharm El Naga, El Gouna, Al-Mahmya, Soma Bay and Makadi Bay.
General information about the Hurghada International Airport

Route Network

Route network of Hurghada consists of scheduled passenger services to the Egypt capital city of Cairo and direct connections to several European destinations. More than 40 airlines perform seasonable charter flights to the cities in Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS countries. Nowadays the airport has undergone massive renovations to accommodate dramatically rising leisure traffic.

Passenger Services

There is only one terminal in the Hurghada airport and car parking is located just outside the terminal. It is possible to get to the city or to the hotels by taxi or piblic transport (minibuses).
More about getting to the airport

In the terminal there is the various infrastructure necessary for satisfaction of requirements of taking off and arriving passengers: restaurants and cafe, changes, phones and post office, shops of souvenirs and essential commodities, a left-luggage office, the VIP-lounge, car rental office.
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There are no business facilities at the airport but it's possible to use conference and meeting facilities at the resort hotels which are located only in 5 minutes by car from the airport.

Airport Shopping

Hurghada airport suggests wide range of shopping possibilities before flight. A lot of souvenir shops are located at the terminal. There are also duty free shops at the departure zone selling parfums, alcohol and confectionery products with great discount.

Hotels in Hurghada

Hotels in Hurghada

Hurghada Hotels range from more basic accommodation for those who are comfortable in simple surroundings right through the more luxurious accommodation with facilities to match.

Many of the hotels in the Hurghada area are located close to the golden sands of Hurghada beach.

The vast majority of them are available for online booking 24 hours a day.

Wake up to blue cloudless skies and a warm breeze as you prepare yourself for another day relaxing in the Egyptian sunshine. Sun cream is a must!

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Hurghada Egypt differs from many traditional holiday destinations familiar to UK travellers in that it is a true year-round destination with a mild climate through what are traditionally the 'winter' months in Europe.

The majority of Hurghada Hotels take advantage of the fantastic sunshine climate by being open to visitors for twelve months of the year making this part of the world famous Red Sea Riviera perfect for a winter sun break.

With the euro working against UK travellers, we're predicting a bumper year for Hurghada hotels.

Hotels in Hurghada

Accommodation in Hurghada is both privately owned and the responsibility of major international hotel chains that can be found across the world.

Choose the facilities that you seek for the perfect break and then sit back and wait for your sunshine break to the Red Sea Riviera to arrive.

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Most of the hotels have luxurious swimming pools and sun terraces for you to soak up the rays of the Egyptian sun.

But it's important that you are aware of the risks of excess sun exposure, and given the strength of the sun in this part of the world make sure you wear a high factor sunscreen to reduce the risks of skin cancer.

Hotel in Hurghada

If you want to take part in activities outside your hotel in Hurghada, make sure you organise these through the reception desk.

There are many other options available from local vendors but generally your level of cover and 'come back' is far less if you take this route.

Tourism in Hurghada

Plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight during the early days of the Red Sea’s tourism drive, the tiny fishing village of Hurghada has long since morphed into today’s dense band of concrete that marches relentlessly along the coastline for well over 20km. Rampant construction has left the town blighted by half-finished shells of pleasure palaces never realised. The coral reefs closest to the shore – which put Hurghada on the international hot-spot map originally – have been degraded by illegal landfill operations and irresponsible reef use. In recent years Hurghada’s star has largely lost its lustre and many travellers have migrated to the newer, glossier resorts of El-Gouna and Sharm el-Sheikh.

There is hope on the horizon, though. Further offshore there is still superb diving aplenty; local NGOs are now playing a leading role in getting the town to clean up its act; and the new resort area concentrated to the south of town and Sigala's swish new marina are bringing back some of Hurghada’s sheen. If you want to combine a diving holiday with the Nile Valley sites, Hurghada is a convenient destination. Independent travellers, however, will probably prefer to press on to Dahab in Sinai.

Hurghada is split into three main areas. To the north is Ad-Dahar, the most ‘Egyptian’ part of the city, with lively backstreet neighbourhoods and a bustling souq. Separated from Ad-Dahar by a sandy mountain called Gebel al-Afish is the congested Sigala area, with shops and restaurants aplenty. South of Sigala, lining the coastal road, is the resort strip. Here you’ll find an ever-growing row of mostly upmarket resorts.
 

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