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Holidays in Hurghada
This luxury resort town is the ‘capital’ of the Red Sea Riviera, where exciting dive sites, hot nightclubs and tranquil beaches await on your Hurghada holiday. Below its 40km of coastline are dazzling underwater coral gardens, awash with some of the world’s most amazing marine life – everything from butterfly fish to anemones that glow in the dark. Your choices for family fun are endless, with squeal-inducing banana boat rides and shallow white sand beaches perfect for paddling.
The waters are warmest in summer, the best time for diving and snorkelling. Winter temperatures are more mild with temperatures of 21°C in November being the high and 16°C in January and February being the low.
Hurghada International Airport lies approximately 8km southwest of central Hurghada.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Hurghada for snorkelling among the Red Sea’s fish, lazy days on the beach, and dancing under the stars to world-class DJs.
Hurghada Resort is your main hub with a huge choice of hotels. It was once a fishing village – difficult to tell in this buzzing resort, with a modern marina packed with fine dining restaurants, elegant bars and designer shops. Enjoy a laid-back holiday at unspoilt Soma Bay, where a dramatic mountain backdrop and 18-hole golf course make for an exclusive break. Also just a drive away from Hurghada, the desert landscape of Makadi Bay is a tranquil new resort, with a luxurious selection of watersports, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping at Souk Makadi.
Slip on a snorkel and fins to float on the Red Sea’s dazzling coral reefs with luminous fish drifting below – look out for turtles, or moray eels teeming around reefs at Giftun Islands. For something more dramatic, try diving beyond the islands off Hurghada’s east coast, or perhaps delving around submerged shipwrecks. Advanced divers can up the ante and spot sharks at Careless Reef. Hire a jet ski and feel the wind in your hair, or take a windsurfing course and learn from the experts.
Fine dining and hot bars and clubs overlook sleek yachts at the contemporary Hurghada Marina Boulevard. Here, you can dine on sushi or even camel steak with chocolate sauce from a Michelin-starred chef. Then afterwards dance until sunrise at a Hed Kandi pool party at the award-winning Papa’s Beach Club, with Ministry of Sound DJs. If you want a taste of traditional eating and drinking in Hurghada, sip mint tea in an ahwa (traditional teahouse) with the locals in the old Dahar neighbourhood. Or take an off-road jeep trip for dinner in a Bedouin village for tasty local cuisine.
Don your life jackets and take the kids for a ride on a banana boat, a fun zip across the waves with the wind blowing in your hair. For something more tranquil, enjoy a cruise on a glass-bottomed boat; it’s a good way to see the Red Sea’s dazzling fish without getting wet! Or, take the whole family to Hurghada’s Red Sea Aquarium to see scary sharks and placid turtles and learn about life in the ocean. The soft white sands of Hurghada’s beaches are perfect for young visitors, with warm shallow waters for paddling.
Adventurers: Take a 4x4 off-road jeep experience across the desert to visit a Bedouin village followed by dinner.
Day trippers: Cruise to the uninhabited Giftun Island, relax on the white sand and swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear sea.
Families: Take a cruise on a glass-bottomed boat.
Language: The language spoken in Hurghada is Arabic.
Currency: The currency used in Hurghada is Egyptian pounds (E£).
Local time: Hurghada is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Hurghada International Airport lies approximately 8km southwest of central Hurghada.
Flight time from UK: 5-5.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Hurghada tourist information can be found at www.egypt.travel
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Hurghada.
Temperature: Can reach a sweltering 37°C between June and August. Winter temperatures are more mild with temperatures of 21°C in November being the high and 16°C in January and February being the low.
Best time to visit Hurghada: The waters are warmest in summer, the best time for diving and snorkelling.
In Hurghada, enjoy 13 hours of sunshine each day in the summer, in a hot dry subtropical desert climate with cloudless skies. Bring plenty of sun cream and make sure you drink plenty of water. Even in December and January, enjoy seven hours of sunshine a day, with average highs of 22°C and the sea warm enough to swim – but bring layers for cold nights. Be prepared for strong winds in March.
By microbus: Flag down a white microbus and hop on board to travel around Hurghada cheaply. There are no fixed stops, but the routes are fixed – just make sure the driver knows where you want to get off.
By taxi: There are plenty of taxis, though it’s wise to agree the price in advance and don’t pay anything until you have reached your destination. It’s also advisable to have plenty of change, and ask at your hotel what the fare should be.
By hire car: If you’re planning to hire a car, don’t forget your International Driving Permit.
For hobby anglers: Just as the winter ends, February sees the Hurghada Fishing Competition attract anglers from around the world in a prime contest.
Open-air clubs: From June, the resort gets into its stride and the summer fun begins – open-air clubs and beach parties mean that your nightlife is under a blanket of stars.
Watersports: In October, the International Yacht Racing & Water Skiing Festival celebrates the amazing watersports skills in the resort.
Religious festivals: The fasting month Ramadan won’t affect the resort of Hurghada as much as throughout the rest of the country. However straight afterwards, the festivals of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha see Egyptian families travel en masse to resorts, which will mean Hurghada and its surrounding region get busy.