Holidays in Hurghada Resort
Hurghada began life as a tiny fishing village on the Red Sea Riviera, and over the years has blossomed into a full-scale seaside resort. As well as its beautiful white sand beaches and world-class diving, Hurghada is a great place to shop and has some of the best nightlife around, with a lively waterfront packed with bars and clubs.
The slightly cooler months of spring and early summer, from April to June. 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 (HRG).
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Visit Hurghada’s new marina to plan a sailing excursion out to the uninhabited Giftun Island, or go scuba diving in the crystal clear depths of the Red Sea. Pick a comfy spot on the soft, sandy beaches for a little relaxation, or get involved with the water sports – Hurghada’s beach has a reputation for great water skiing and kite surfing. For family holidays, it’s well worth visiting one of the city’s nearby water sports like Makadi Bay Water World, where you can cool off on a hot day at the slides and wave pool. The city has an energetic nightlife scene, with a buzzing waterfront lined with bars and clubs.
Long, golden stretches of sand wrap around Hurghada’s coast, with public and private beaches providing prime sunbathing spots all over. The beautifully clear waters of the Red Sea provide fantastic diving and snorkelling, with seascapes busting with reefs and colourful fishes, and shipwrecks further out for the experienced divers to explore. If you prefer not to go underwater, take a glass-bottom boat trip to watch the marine life swimming past. The water sports activities in Hurghada are excellent, with some of the best water skiing and kite surfing in the region.
The new, upscale marina makes sailing trips along the Red Sea coast even easier. One of the best places to visit in Hurghada is Giftun Island, an uninhabited island around an hour from the coast. Giftun has a pretty beach and is a superb place to snorkel, with vibrant underwater life and rare species of fish. If you’re on holiday with kids, Hurghada has several popular water parks within easy reach of the city. Around 45 minutes’ drive is the superb Makadi Bay Water World, with a variety of speedy water slides, a lazy river and wave pool.
Spend a day exploring the spectacular desert landscapes surrounding Hurghada with a desert safari. Take a trip across the sands in a jeep or quad bike, visit a traditional Bedouin village and go for a trek on camelback. Back in the city, the best place in Hurghada for picking up gifts and souvenirs are the city’s souks, where trying out your haggling skills is essential. Hurghada has some of the liveliest nightlife in the areas, with lots of bars playing live music, DJs and karaoke. The waterfront is great place for clubbing, with big international club nights and special nights like foam parties.
Night owls: If you’re looking for sun-drenched days and parties at night, Hurghada is the best place around for nightlife.
Beach lovers: Hurghada’s gorgeous golden beach is ideal for spending hours sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling.
Water sports enthusiasts: Think diving in the crystal clear Red Sea, racing the wind on kite boards and zipping around on water skis.
Language: The language spoken in Hurghada is Arabic
Currency: The currency used in Hurghada is the Egyptian pound
Local time: Hurghada is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Hurghada International Airport (HRG)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Hurghada tourist information can be found at en.egypt.travel/city/index/hurghada-city
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: Summertime average of 33°C, higher in July and August. Winter temperatures are more mild with temperatures of 21°C in November being the high and 15°C in January and February being the low.
Best time to visit: The slightly cooler months of spring and early summer, from April to June.
Hurghada experiences long, dry and very hot summers, which begin as early as April. The hottest month is July, which enjoys thirteen hours of sunshine a day but regularly peaks as high as 37°C.
By taxi: Taxis are the easiest way to get around in Hurghada, and are readily available across the city. Prices vary, although most have a fixed rate, so it’s best to negotiate the fare with the driver before you get in.
By micro bus: Micro buses are an efficient method of transport in Hurghada, cheaper than a taxi and running approximately every 30 minutes. They are a good option for getting down to the promenade and beach.
Yacht racing festival: Hurghada is a fantastic water and wind sports destination, and even hosts an International Yacht and Water Skiing Festival every summer. Crowds gather on the city’s waterfront to watch sailors and skiers fly past on the water and compete for a prize.
Film festival: Nearby Luxor hosts the annual Luxor African Film Festival every February. The festival supports and promotes African filmmakers and productions, including showings of short films and documentaries.