With a few small islands off its coast for adventurous visitors to explore, island hopping should be at the top of any Hurghada itineraries. Whether viewed up close or at a distance, the islands are a stunning picture of vivid blue sea and white-hot sandy beaches which simply beg to be explored. Each isle has its own special charm, which makes day trips between them a fascinating experience, whether you want to simply catch a bronze glow or delve a little deeper into the history and cultural significance of the area.
Visitors who find themselves happier in the water than enjoying the rays on the sand, will also discover that a holiday in Hurghada is a must. Divers from around the world pour in to visit this site with its multitude of incredible coral reefs and array of fascinating sea critters. The balmy waters and pleasantly warm temperatures on land are also draws for the underwater enthusiasts.
Whilst Hurghada’s public beach is easily accessible and a great spot for photos, visitors may prefer to catch a tan in one of the luxurious resort poolside areas. With day passes available to most of these upmarket locales, you can enjoy the golden rays with a side order of cold fruit juice, tasty snacks and other treats you wouldn’t find on the beachfront.
Those with a keen interest in wildlife, and in particular fish, will need to make a stop in Hurghada an item on their bucket list. The pleasantly warm waters are teeming with a vast collection denizens of the deep throughout the year from tiny fish to entire pods of dolphins. Sightings in recent years have included pilot whales, bannerfish, angelfish, snappers, stingrays and leopard sharks.
A newcomer on the Egyptian hiking scene, The Red Sea Mountain Trail is a stunning seaside walkway which showcases the very best of Egypt’s incredible coastline. One of a number of official new long-distance trails appearing across the country as Egypt moves ever more rapidly towards Western ideals of modernity, this trail spans 170 kilometres. Whether visitors choose to take their time and explore the trail at a more leisurely pace or complete it in the estimated time of 10 days, they’ll find themselves experiencing the beauty of Hurghada’s highland wilderness in a way that’s never been possible before.
For those who prefer to get their thrills on land, there can be no more scenic spot than the Hurghada's marina. A picture-perfect setting at any time of day, but known to be particularly pleasant spot for couples at sunset, this vibrant stretch is a great place to take a relaxing stroll or indulge in some meditation as you stare out at the turquoise waves. And when you’ve had your fill of quiet reflection, you can treat yourself to a meal or drink in one of the many bars or restaurants at the marina.
It’s been mentioned that Hurghada is prime diving territory, but locating the perfect dive site can often be a struggle for first timers in the area. Umm Qamar comes highly recommended for all levels of divers. This incredible dive site, located near the Giftun Islands, is famous for its coral reef towers. The coral is well known for its signature, stunning shade of purple, which makes it a joy to behold. But coral isn’t the only draw, there are fish galore to spot and even a shipwreck to explore.
Hurghada Grand Aquarium is an awe inspiring attraction and a must on a holiday to Hurghada. This aquarium does more than just display the stunning collection of local sea creatures; it is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of marine conservation through its promotional tours, informative learning sessions and ongoing projects.
Egypt experiences a warm and sunny climate all-year-round, and peak tourist season is between December and January. If you plan on embarking on desert treks or visiting tombs and other attractions within the desert, the summer heat will be intense but visiting in the winter results in cold nights. Therefore, between mid-March and June is the best time to visit for low crowds and good, but not intense, weather.
You will not need a visa to enter Egypt if you are a British citizen, unless you are planning a holiday lasting more than 90 days. For the latest information on travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements.
The currency in Hurghada is the Egyptian Pound (EGP).
In Hurghada, the main language spoken is Arabic.