Hurghada is located along the western margin of the northern Red Sea, in Egypt, 330 miles south of Cairo and 180 miles east of Luxor.
The resort stretches for about 25 miles along the coastline but doesn’t reach far into the surrounding desert. In fact Hurghada is three main centres and lots of self-contained tourist villages merged into one resort. To the north is the old town, Ad-Dahar, which has more than half of the total local population, and the cheapest hotels and restaurants. A couple of kilometres south is the Port of Sigala and New Hurghada is another few kilometres further south.
Red Sea Diving
Hurghada was the first commercial dive base in the Red Sea. It was once an isolated fishing village but is now a thriving tourist resort devoted entirely to diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.
The resort is now home to more than 60,000 people and hundreds of hotels along it’s 25 mile long beach. It’s also the gateway to Egypt’s southern dive sites, including Safaga, Quseir and Marsa Alam.
Hurghada attracts scuba-divers from all over the world as well as package holidaymakers.
Hurghada is warm and dry year-round, with the best times to visit being between February to June and September to November. During the summer months the temperature can reach an uncomfortable 40°C (104°F), however for divers this does provide warm waters in which to enjoy the marine life.
Long stretches of natural sand beaches and a year-round dry and temperate climate makes Hurghada an ideal vacation destination for sun seekers and watersports enthusiasts.
The sea here is clear and calm for most of the year, making it ideal for scuba-diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and deep-sea fishing.
Most of Hurghada’s dive sites are offshore and involve a boat ride of at least half an hour. The diving centres provide daily guided boat services as well as extended live-aboard trips.
The luxury holiday villages of Hurghada provide all kinds of activities for families, including day trips to the nearby islands for snorkelling and fish barbecues. For those who do not wish to dive but still want to experience the underwater world there is the Sinbad Submarine.The submarine takes up to 44 passengers and dives down 72ft.
The Red Sea Mountains can be explored from Hurghada by camel, jeep or quads.
A visit to the souk in Hurghadas old town is a must. Here you find canvas-covered alleys with vendors selling all sorts, including spices, clothes, handicrafts, plants, rugs, carpets, jewellery, shishas (water pipes), brassware, copperware, leather goods and glass objects. When shopping in the souk remember that it is a tradition to haggle with the shopkeeper about the price, along with accepting a cup of the mint tea that all shops offer to their customers.
The main town area, Ad-Dahar, is just a few kilometres from the resort hotels strip and has preserved all the traditions of a small fishing village, and apart from some restaurants. Most hotels in Hurghada have their own disco and there are also bars and cafes along the main road.
All of the hotels offer international and local food. In the main town area there are a couple of local restaurants with roof terraces where they serve fresh fish and local specialities. Restaurants and cafes are also found along the main road. In the downtown area of El Dahar there are lots of small restaurants and street vendors selling authentic Egyptian Fare.