The cosmopolitan resort of Hurghada is the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, where beautiful beaches, vibrant nightclubs and world-class diving destinations await. It’s a world away from its origins as a small fishing village, yet is maintains all of its Egyptian charm. Tucked away in the depths of the turquoise waters are striking underwater coral gardens just waiting to be explored by eager divers; they’re awash with incredible marine life like pretty butterfly fish and glow-in-the-dark anemones. As well as underwater experiences, the possibilities for family fun are virtually endless on Hurghada holidays, with everything from paddling in the shallow shores of white-sand beaches to diving in the deep, blue sea and sailing on a catamaran
What do I need to pack?
With the ‘Capital of the Red Sea’ sitting on the edge of the Sahara Desert, you can expect the sun to be strong, so be sure to take plenty of sunscreen on your holiday to Hurghada. Unlike other tropical climates, there’s little or no humidity, so cool and airy clothes made from natural fibres like cotton, linen or bamboo are perfect.
Egypt is a conservative country, so it’s advisable for women to cover up once they’re away from the beach. Pack long dresses, long-sleeved shirts and, if you’re thinking of visiting any religious sites, a headscarf is also a good idea. Similarly, men ought to pack some trousers as, even in modern cities like Cairo, too much flesh can cause unintended offence.
For those who want to bring gadgets with them, a plug adaptor is essential, and it can be helpful to have a portable power pack to hand.