The cosmopolitan resort of Hurghada is the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, where beautiful beaches, vibrant nightclubs and world-class diving destinations await. It’s a world away from its origins as a small fishing village, yet is maintains all of its Egyptian charm. Tucked away in the depths of the turquoise waters are striking underwater coral gardens just waiting to be explored by eager divers; they’re awash with incredible marine life like pretty butterfly fish and glow-in-the-dark anemones. As well as underwater experiences, the possibilities for family fun are virtually endless on Hurghada holidays, with everything from paddling in the shallow shores of white-sand beaches to diving in the deep, blue sea and sailing on a catamaran.
The climate is hot, dry and subtropical climate, without a cloud in the sky for most of the year.
5 hours fromt he UK, Hurghada International Airport is 8km away
Hurghada Resort is your main hub with a huge choice of hotels. It was once a fishing village – difficult to tell in this buzzing resort, with a modern marina packed with fine dining restaurants, elegant bars and designer shops. Enjoy a laid-back holiday at unspoilt Soma Bay, where a dramatic mountain backdrop and 18-hole golf course make for an exclusive break. Also just a drive away from Hurghada, the desert landscape of Makadi Bay is a tranquil new resort, with a luxurious selection of watersports, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping at Souk Makadi.
Egypt is one of the world’s finest water sports destinations, and Hurghada is no exception. If you’re seeking something tame, don your snorkel and fins and take a peek at the underwater paradise. Dedicated boat tours will take you to the right spots (such as the natural park at Giftun Island), where you can spot dazzling coral reefs, turtles, and even dolphins.
Looking for a thrill? Famous shipwrecks around the coast are some of the best dive sites around, and places like Thistlegorm, Ulysses and Rosalie Moeller are perfect for experienced divers. Powerful gusts of wind make this resort a great place for kiteboarding and windsurfing. If you’re inexperienced, why not book a course and learn from the experts?
Eating & Drinking
From laid-back bars and clubs to Michelin-star dining, there’s something to suit all tastes here. Lined with lots of lively places to eat and drink, the modern Hurghada Marina Boulevard has a great atmosphere day and night. Whether you want local or international fare, you can enjoy everything from camel steaks to sushi on your holiday. Fresh fish dishes are highly recommended. If you’re willing to travel, you can take an off-road jeep trip to a Bedouin village to sample regional cuisine. Looking for a traditional tipple? Sip mint tea in an ahwa (teahouse) with the locals in the old Dahar neighbourhood.
After dark, it’s time to let your hair down. Dance until the sun comes up at a Hed Kandi Pure Pool Party (held on Fridays at Papa’s Beach Club). Tunes come courtesy of Ministry of Sound DJs.
Gently sloping sands and warm shallow waters make the beach ideal for little visitors. They’re perfect for paddling. The kids will love the glass-bottomed boat tours, so you can explore Hurghada’s colourful underwater wildlife without getting wet. For an adventure to remember, grab your life jackets and jump aboard a banana boat, you’ll head out to sea, zip across the waves and feel the wind blowing in your hair.
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Adventurers: Hop on board a 4x4 for an off-road jeep ride across the desert. How about a trip to a Bedouin village followed by a delicious dinner bursting with regional flavours?
Day trippers: Take a laid-back cruise to the uninhabited Giftun Island; sit back and relax on the white sand before swimming or snorkelling in the crystal-clear sea.
Families: Everyone will enjoy a glass-bottomed boat trip across the stunning Red Sea surrounding Hurghada. Keep an eye out for dolphins, rays, turtles and all kinds of colourful fish along the way.
Language: The language spoken is Arabic.
Currency: The currency used is Egyptian pounds (E£).
Local time: Hurghada is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Hurghada International Airport. Transfers to the resort of Hurghada take just 20 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The Hurghada flight time is 5.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Before your Hurghada holiday, you can find further tourist information over at www.egypt.travel.
Visa & health: Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Hurghada.
Weather and climate
Whenever you head off for your holiday, you’re practically guaranteed clear skies and plenty of sunshine. The best bet for beach lovers is summertime, when you can top up your tan with highs of 33°C. Diving and snorkelling conditions are perfect at this time of year. If you like it slightly little cooler, choose spring or autumn when it drifts between the mid and high-20s. It also stays warm throughout winter with temperatures in the mid-teens. The chance of rain remains low all year round, and the temperature rarely drops below 16°C even in January, the coldest month of the year.
By microbus: Flag down a microbus (they’re the white mini vans) and hop on board to travel around cheaply. The routes are fixed, but there are no allocated stops along the way so just make sure the driver knows where you want to get off.
By taxi:You’ll have no problem finding a taxi in the resort. It’s always a good idea to get a price before you start, and you’ll pay on arrival. We recommend you ask your hotel for an estimated price so you know you’re getting a fair deal. Remember to take some change with you, too
For hobby anglers:Just as winter comes to an end, the Hurghada Fishing Competition begins in February, bringing in adventurous anglers from around the world to join in the contest. If you like your holidays to have a fishy theme, this is the time to book.
Open-air clubs: From June, this sunny resort’s nightlife scene really comes into its own. The summer fun begins with open-air clubs and beach parties, so you can party under the stars until the sun comes up.
Water sports: October sees the arrival of the Yacht Racing & Water Skiing Festival, where you can watch sailing and water sports specialists take to the Red Sea in style. Come and soak up the festive atmosphere for yourself.
Religious festivals: Ramadan (a holy month of fasting for Muslims, usually in May or June) won’t have a big impact on your holiday, as tourists are exempt from restrictions. However, the resort is likely to get busy straight after it finishes, as Egyptian families go away to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha.