The Homeliness of Hurghada
Sandwiched between the rich and vibrant adventure of the Red Sea and the isolated and remarkable appearance of the arid desert, those that head out on Hurghada holidays will find themselves immersed in a culture, history and stream of activities like nowhere else in the world. Whether you’re after a session of sunning yourself on the sand, a chance to delve into the deep of the ocean or a rare glimpse into the world of a Bedoin tribe, you’ll find this and much more amid Hurghada’s beautiful corner in Egypt.
Hurghada will situate you perfectly if you’d like to enjoy the best of Egypt; not overly far from the ever-stretching Nile Valley and literally on the doorstep of some of the finest coral reefs on the planet, ensuring your days are sure to be full of outstanding natural beauty and unprecedented discovery, however you wish you spend them. You’ll be treated to a number of great daytrip options when embarking on holidays in Hurghada, allowing you to explore the ancient history of the country even more, whether it’s the tombs and temples of Luxor or the grand pyramids of Giza.
Beach Bliss and Underwater Adventure
Situating yourself by the golden and white beaches surrounding the Red Sea will allow you to take advantage of the magnificent diving spots, water sports and relaxation options on offer along the shores. Gazing out across the imperiously blue waters can only be matched by taking a dip below the surface, with a plethora of exotic fish and captivating coral to discover, deep-sea diving in the Red Sea really does take marine exploration to the next level during your holidays in Hurghada, as well as allowing you to explore ancient shipwrecks embedded into the seabed – El Quseir being one of the better known diving spots to explore.
Heading further south will take you to the mystical Marsa Alam, whose picturesque beaches are the perfect place to lay back and unwind in the sun, while averting your eyes to the sky in the Astronomy Centre will uncover hidden wonders in the galaxies above, the unpolluted atmosphere giving birth to heavenly scenes of sparkling stars. Make sure you head down the River Nile for some more Egyptian exploration during your holidays to Hurghada, stopping off in the many towns that line the tropical banks. Giza will be the first stop, the Pyramids of Giza being the centrepiece to Egypt’s third largest city, while sand-strewn sphinxes and terrifically formed tombs will provide the icing to this glorious slice of Egypt. To explore the majesty of the Nile a little further, the world’s longest river is perhaps best experienced in the city of Aswan.
However, the best thing about Egypt isn’t necessarily the scintillating sites at all; it’s the all-year sunshine which covers the country in a golden tint, giving modern day Egypt a relatable glow to the gold-obsessed days where ancient pharaohs ruled the lands. The winter sun will allow for Hurghada holidays to feature at any point in the year, whether you want to trade in the winter cold for sun-splashed shores or grab that bronzed Egyptian glow to rival anyone’s tan in summer - you’ll also discover year-round adventure in nearby Sharm el Sheikh, promising luxury and comfort by the Red Sea.
Things to do in Hurghada
The perfect destination for a sunshine holiday, Hurghada is a vibrant spot located on the west coast of Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera. Whether you are looking for an adventurous break or seeking total relaxation, there is a wealth of things to do in Hurghada. Dive beneath the surface of the Red Sea to explore the dazzling marine life or take a quad-bike through the Sahara Desert. If you’re not feeling adventurous, you can partake in some shopping at the local bazaar or settle on one of Egypt’s sandy beaches. Thrill-seeking adventures and sparkling nightlife are brought together in this resort to create a fantastic holiday whatever you are looking for.
Wine and Dine
Hurghada offers a variety of different culinary choices, whether you’re craving a light snack or looking to sample some of the local fare. With a resort located so closely to the Red Sea, it is unsurprising that fresh seafood is the order of the day. Downtown Hurghada is home to many seafood restaurants – try Starfish for delicious, freshly-caught shrimp and South Beach Bar for swordfish. Further along the street, you’ll find Bull’s, an international restaurant with a terrace. Serving everything from great Chinese dishes to wonderful European desserts, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Action and Adventure
The crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea are teeming with marine life. As a result, water sports are increasingly popular throughout the resort, particularly deep-sea fishing and windsurfing. If you prefer something more laid-back, climb aboard one of the glass-bottomed boats which provide a great way to catch a glimpse of the corals and coloured fish without getting your feet wet. Those with an adventurous streak will love the great range of activities to be found on dry land, too. For an ultimate thrill-ride, jump aboard a quad bike as you navigate your way around the Sahara Desert. Covering rocky roads and sharp hills, it is a great way to explore this otherworldly landscape.
Besides its warm climate and popular beaches, there are plenty of things to do in Hurghada for the entire family. Fun-fuelled days for children can be found at Makadi Water World, one of the top Hurghada attractions. Decked out in pirate theme and with over fifty water slides for both kids and adults, this is a day out that is not to be missed. Mini rainbow and elephant slides will excite and entertain young children, while the 19 metre free-fall slide is great for big kids. For a glimpse at some of the Red Sea’s colourful inhabitants, visit Hurghada’s Grand Aquarium. Opening a window to a variety of marine life, it is an opportunity to see rays, sea horses and even sharks at a safe distance! If you’re looking for something to make your holiday unforgettable, try swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea. Interact with these playful animals in clear waters, adorned with coral reef – an excellent way to make your trip memorable.
Hurghada is becoming increasingly popular as a resort that has plenty to do when the sun sets. A wide choice of clubs and pubs are available, many with themed nights or traditional Egyptian entertainment. If you favour a quieter night in Hurghada, head to the beachside bars for a cocktail or two, and relax against the backdrop of the spectacular Red Sea. If you are craving a piece of the action, head down town to the busy marina. Papa’s Bar is a great place to spend the early evening with some great live music acts and karaoke to begin the night. For hard-core clubbing fans, there is no better place than super-stylish Hed Kandi, located on the coast. This super-club boasts weekly pool parties, a fantastic setting and some great tunes spinning on the decks. Dancing on the sand under the palm trees? You’ll be there until dawn!
Recharge and Relax
Hurghada’s vast, sandy beaches and spectacular coastal views mean that it is a great place to recharge your batteries. One of the most popular Hurghada attractions lies in the exclusive resort of Soma Bay, with an untouched beach that is perfect for peace and quiet. With still waters and uncrowded shores, this resort is a perfect place for sailing or snorkelling. Soma Bay is also home to one of the biggest spa centres in the region. Recognised as the best spa in Egypt, the spa has over 65 treatment rooms and offers everything from traditional massage to hydrotherapy. For an extra special treat, indulge in a Wrap of Egypt, a clay body mask perfumed with rose petals and hibiscus that promises to soften your skin, boost your immune system and promote vitality. An ideal way to finish off a dream holiday, the Soma Bay Spa is the ultimate retreat.