Take a 4x4 off-road jeep experience across the desert to visit a Bedouin
village followed by dinner.
Cruise to the uninhabited Giftun Island, relax on the white sand and
swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear sea.
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
Tourist Information:Further Hurghada
tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health:Before you travel,
click herefor recommendations and advice on visas and
health for your holiday to Hurghada.
Weather & Climate
Temperature:Can reach a sweltering
37°C between June and August
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
Open-air clubsFrom 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
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.
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.
Hurghada began as an old fishing village, but today, the town bursts
with activity, and the marina offers a selection of bars, restaurants and shops. The underwater
world is equally lively with its tropical fish and colourful reefs.
With a stunning mountain backdrop, coral reefs and a fine-sand beach,
Soma Bay has a laid-back atmosphere. Facilities are mainly hotel-based and this region is
popular with golfing enthusiasts thanks to the impressive Cascades 18-hole championship golf
On a wide sandy bay, this modern beach resort is situated among the
desert dunes, great for relaxing on the beach and scuba diving. All the facilities in Makadi
Bay are hotel-based, but for those who wish to explore further, Hurghada is just 33km away via
a free shuttle bus.