Once a sleepy fishing village along the Red Sea Coast, Hurghada is almost unrecognisable from its quiet roots. Today, Hurghada is one of the most visited resorts in Egypt, with tourists flocking to its beautiful sandy beaches and superb diving spots.
Top Resorts and Hotels
There are more than 100 hotels spread out along Hurghada’s 40km-long coast, offering visitors an array of choice – from luxury 5-star villas to traditional Egyptian guesthouses.
Hurghada is divided into three main parts – El Dahar is the Old Town which has still managed to retain its authentic Egyptian charm, Sekalla is the city centre where you’ll find more budget-friendly accommodation, and El Memsha is the modern quarter, with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops.
The main tourist strip is El Sakala and the glittering marina surrounded by luxury hotels, designer boutiques and multi-million dollar yachts.
The nearby beaches of Makadi Bay and Soma Bay are just out of town, offering a laid-back oasis for guests to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday.
Attractions and Things to Do
Watersports, in particular snorkelling and diving, are the main attraction in Hurghada. Grab a mask and dive into the crystal clear waters – just 10m off shore you’ll be greeted with an abundance of colourful coral reefs and exotic fish. There are many glass-bottom boat and submarine tours that take visitors further out to see all that the Red Sea has to offer. Parasailing, jetskiing and windsurfing are also popular activities.
For something completely different, consider taking a quad bike or camel ride across the dunes of the Sahara Desert. Visit ancient Egyptian ruins, drink tea with a Bedouin tribe and see the sun set over the Sinai Mountains.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
The weather is pretty perfect all year round in Hurghada, with over 3,800 hours of sunshine annually. Winters are warm and mild, while summer (particularly through the months of June to September) can be extremely hot. The average high for Hurghada in July is 36ºC with 13 hours of sunshine. The sea remains pleasant to swim in all year – the average temperature is 24ºC, but can reach 28C in August. Rain is extremely rare.