Things To Do In Hurghada

Hurghada is a very popular destination on Egypt’s Red Sea, ideal for vacationers seeking glorious sun, wide open beaches, excellent hotels and plenty to do. The majority of people choose all inclusive holidays as many of the resorts are of exceptional quality, with great leisure facilities, on site swimming pools, luxury accommodations and good hotel restaurants and bars.

snorkelling in red sea area

Many of the all inclusive Hurghada resorts also offer a packed entertainments line up, with shows and family activities to enjoy, particularly during summer and Christmas vacation periods.   For holidaymakers, a trip to the Red Sea means a diving adventure and certainly Hurghada has much to offer, with diving available at all expertise levels. There are also boat trips on glass-bottomed vessels and snorkelling to enjoy in order to take in the colourful, exotic underwater world.

There are over 100 diving schools, many offering PADI accredited diving and they run courses and excursions from beginners to advanced. Water sports are very popular with those less inclined to dive or snorkel and there’s plenty on offer for the actively-minded, including water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and paragliding.

For entertaining shopping, head for Hurghada bazaar – it’s rich with souvenirs, spices, rugs, jewellery, clothes and more and a great way to try out your bargaining abilities! There are other traditional souks to enjoy, or try some traditional mint tea and pastries for a delicious break.

Peace and Quiet To Night Life Living

Beaches are ideal for sunbathing or enjoying watersports and there’s a very long one stretching along the coast from Hurghada, with all the necessary ameneties available, including sports, cafes, restaurants and more.

Head off shore to check out one of the uninhabited islands dotted along the Red Sea coast; Giftun Island is popular with those looking for tranquility and calm and it’s ideal for having a bbq on the beach and enjoying some fishing or snorkelling.

If nightlife is your thing, then head to the resort for the packed out beach parties, or visit some of the clubs and bars, which host visiting international DJs and are very popular with younger people. The beach parties are a real spectacle, with performers, light shows and fire acrobatics

For something a little different, then try the yellow submarine tour of the coral reefs, which is half a day in duration and ideal for families. Departure is from Sindbad Beach Resort in the South Corniche area of Hurghada.

Experience The Desert Life

Desert safari tours are also very popular and various excursion companies offer jeep tours to see the incredible oases, rock formations, mountains and sand dunes that are home of the Bedouins and are among the most intriguing and beautiful places on earth.

You can also take part in a dining experience with real Bedouin tribe villagers, enjoying traditionally prepared meals that are incredibly delicious and served with great hospitality. Start the day with quad biking on the bumpy terrain and finish with the starlit traditional barbeque.

History and Culture

Culture lovers will also find the monasteries of St Anthony and St Paul fascinating – both hidden very deeply in the desert mountains of the East, around 200 km to the north of Hurghada. Both founding symbols of Christian monasticism, Coptic monks still inhabit the monasteries today.

Similarly, the Roman Ruins at Mons Claudianus are a real draw for archaeology fans, around a 90 minute drive to the south west of Hurghada, on the road to Qena. The site has the best Roman site preserved in the Eastern desert, once home to the Temple of Venus, The Pantheon and thousands of soldiers. Tour operators run excursions on a daily basis.

There is always plenty to do, including golf at world class sites, taking traditional camel rides, visiting other historical monuments, enjoying fishing, swimming and much, much more.

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