Hurghada started stretching its neighbourhoods on the maps of Egypt early in the 20th century, and since the 1980s it went through a non-stopping phase of development and modernism lead by American, European and Arab investors to become the superior bathing resort on the shores of the Red Sea. Tourist resorts and first class hotels provide excellent aquatic sport facilities for sail boarders, yachtsmen, scuba divers and snorklers.
Today the coastal city went ahead to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international center for aquatic sports. The charming and unique underwater gardens are some of the finest in the world, and famous sea lovers. The warm waters are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass boats.
While taking a tour in Hurghada, make sure that you don’t miss the museum and aquarium, with their vast collections of flora and fauna of the Red Sea.
Hurghada stretches for about 40 kilometers along the coast, and it doesn’t reach far into the desert. The resort is a destination for package holiday tourists from Europe, notably Russians, Czechs and Germans. The city remained a small fishing village until a few years ago.
Today Hurghada hosts 40,000 inhabitants and is divided into three main divisions: Downtown (El-Dahar) is the old part; Sekalla is the modern part, and El-Korra Road is the most modern part. Sakkala is considered the modest hotel quarter. Dahar is where the town’s largest bazaar, the post office and the long-distance bus station are located. Many restaurants, bars, shops, small pubs and internet cafes are seen al around Hurghada.
The Hurghada International Airport serves the city with scheduled passenger traffic to and from Cairo and direct connections with several cities around the world.
Hurghada is known for being a party town, and with its numerous clubs, life could be considered there a night life. Nearly every hotel has its own disco. Well known for belly dancing, Arabic and Nubian folklore, is “Alf Leila Wa Leila,” a big open-air area, which offers a bit of everything.
The city became a global center for aquatic sports such as windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, and above all snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers.
In addition to all the above mentioned, Hurghada is famous for providing access to many uninhabited offshore reefs and islands.
Facts and Figures:
Hurghada is located 22 km south of El Gouna.
Hurghada is located 54 km north of Safaga.
Red Sea is to the east of Hurghada.
Mountains of the eastern desert are to the west of Hurghada.
There are more than 150 hotels serving more than 1 million sun seekers and diving lovers all over the year.
Great cultural heritage
Fabulous nature and coral reefs
Amazing diving and water activities all year long
Few hours flight from any European country
Low cost of living
Friendly and safe atmosphere
Notable places of Hurghada
Sharm El Naga – a village, around 40 kilometers south of Hurghada. Its beach contains possibly the most beautiful reef cliff in the region.
El Gouna – an artificially-created and privately owned luxury hotel town, some 22 kilometers north of Hurghada.
Al-Mahmya – a tourist beachfront camp on the protected Giftun Island, 45 minutes by boat from Hurghada.
Soma Bay – a tourist resort situated 45 kilometers south of Hurghada, with various hotels including Hyatt Regency, Inter-Continental, Robinson Club and Sheraton.
Sahl Hasheesh – a tourist resort situated 20 kilometers from Hurghada airport.
Makadi Bay – a dreamy beachside resort, just 35 kilometers south of Hurghada. Makadi Bay is an oasis of quality beach resorts providing a superb location for scuba diving and snorkeling.