Hurghada, known in Egypt as Ghardaga, was at one time just a simple fishing village. But now, with it’s crystal clear water, untouched reefs and a multitude of ship wrecks, it has become one of the best Egyptian tourist destinations. The small town centre with its bazaars, mosques and lively atmosphere reflects typical Egyptian life.
Further inland are the Desert Mountains, ideal for desert tours. Most of all Hurghada offers sunshine and relaxation – all you could want for your holiday.
With more than 20 km of hotels along the beach, Hurghada can satisfy the needs of every visitor, from scuba-diving to windsurfing to desert safaris. One can choose from the finest 5 Star Hotels to simple Guest Houses, and everything in-between. Hurghada is world renowned as a center for some of the world’s best Diving. Within a couple of hours from your hotel you can be among a group of islands that are the home to Dive Sites guaranteed to astound even the most experienced divers.
The offshore islands tempt the diver to discovery. Of course many other recreational activities are available. Temperature Throughout the year Hurghada has a warm and dry desert climate with a steady breeze. Summers are very hot – be sure to protect yourself against the sun.
In winter the temperature lies between 20 degrees – 25 degrees Celsius and water temperature reaches 20C – 22C Celsius. Enjoy a delightful submarine ride nearby, to view the underwater life in a unique fashion.
Other nearby islands and destinations include the Shadwan Island (Diving, snorkeling, fishing but no swimming), Shaab Abu Shiban (Diving, snorkeling and swimming), Shaab el-Erg (Diving, fishing and snorkeling), Umm Gammar Island (Diving and snorkeling), Shasb Saghir Umm Gammae (Diving), Careless Reef (Diving), Abu Ramada Island (Diving), Shaab Abu Ramada (Fishing), Dishet el-Dhaba (Beaches and swimming), Shaab Abu Hashish (Beaches, diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing), Sharm el-Arab (Diving, swimming and fishing and Abu Minqar Island (Beaches and swimming).
Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century, and until a few years ago, remained a small fishing village. But today, it has gone on to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international center for aquatic sports. If it takes place in or on the water you can do it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but, above all, snorkeling and diving.
The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats. This area has many fine accommodations, usually offering warm and efficient service. Restaurants are mostly along the main road. While in Hurghada, don’t miss the museum and aquarium, with their complete collections of flora and fauna of the Red Sea.
Today, Hurghada is known as a party town, particularly among Europeans. Locals and others will tell you that life begins at night in Hurghada, with the many, many clubs. They are particularly frequented by the young, but certainly many others of all ages.
One may often find a rousing party centered around the visitors from a tour group taking over the action of a particular bar. They are easy to find along the main street, along with loads of inexpensive and expensive hotels.