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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.
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Makadi Bay is a modern seaside resort developed around a picturesque bay on the Red Sea Riviera. A quieter option to neighbouring Hurghada, Makadi Bay is popular for its idyllic palm-fringed beaches, spectacular diving and an 18-hole golf course. The resort is the ideal base for sailing and diving excursions, with a buzzing waterfront filled with quality hotel resorts gazing out across the bay.
Things to do
Explore Makadi Bay’s breathtaking Red Sea coast with a day’s sailing trip, either in a fishing boat, leisurely catamaran or glass-bottom boat tour. Keen divers can venture out to sea to experience the region’s wrecks and reefs, or snorkel in the vibrant waters surrounding Giftun Island. Next, head to the beach and pick a good spot on the silky, white sand wrapped around the turquoise bay. The water sports in Makadi Bay are excellent, with everything from parasailing to speed boat rides. If golf is your thing, then make a beeline for the resort’s championship golf course, with top-class facilities and magnificent scenery.
The beautiful coastline of Makadi Bay is made up of pale, golden sand that lies in a unique horseshoe shape. The beach is popular in the daytime, but you’ll still be able to find your own spot of paradise on the beach. If you fancy a more upbeat activity, there are a large variety of water sports to try, including jet skiing, windsurfing, paragliding and even pedal boats. Snorkelling is a must in Makadi Bay as the vibrant reefs are a haven for exotic fish.
Shopping is popular in Makadi Bay as you are able to experience a mix of western and traditional culture in one afternoon. Enjoy haggling at the grand bazaars found in the heart of Makadi.
Purchase unique Alabaster statues and handcrafted art, including beautiful hieroglyphics and illustrations on ancient papyrus paper. Walk through the bustling bazaar and browse the fragrant stalls of specially made perfumes, oils and spices.
The Makadi Bay nightlife is fairly low-key with the majority of after dark activities focused in the resort hotels. Dine on a delicious meal and sip on a cocktail in the beautifully warm evening climate. Enjoy nightly entertainment from the comfort of your All Inclusive hotel in this purpose built resort. If you are in need of something a little livelier, just a short drive away is the bustling town of Hurghada where you’ll be able to find plenty of buzzing bars and clubs.
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Sharm el Sheikh
One of Egypt’s oldest and most popular holiday resorts, Sharm El Sheikh wins fans for its breathtaking location on the Sinai Peninsula. The Red Sea coast provides white-sand beaches and some of the finest diving in the world, with crystalline waters teeming with underwater life, wrecks and coral reefs. As well as the diving, Sharm El Sheikh is the ideal place for desert safaris, where you can ride camels through the dunes and camp out under the stars.
The colourful Red Sea
One of the many things that draw visitors to this part of the world is the captivating Red Sea that surrounds the resort. Its waters are warm all year round, meaning that you can always take a dip and enjoy some snorkelling in the reefs close to shore. For the more adventurous among you, Sharm El Sheikh provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at scuba diving too. It has one of the best coral reefs in the world and an abundance of colourful, tropical fish to swim with.
The resort itself
Sharm El Sheikh provides such a great holiday atmosphere for all to enjoy. Its huge selection of luxury hotels will make it almost impossible to want to leave the poolside. But there’s so much more to explore around you. Each hotel along the coast is likely to have its own stretch of private beach. Then further inland, you’ll find excellent shops, designer boutiques, traditional markets and nightlife like no other.
The perfect base
The great thing about Sharm El Sheikh holidays is that you don’t have to just stick to the resort itself. In fact, the resort provides the perfect base to explore other areas of the country too. No holiday to Egypt would be complete without a trip to the historical city of Cairo. Gaze in awe at the iconic Pyramid of Giza, take a selfie with the Sphinx and delve into the country’s ancient past at the world famous Egyptian Museum.
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