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"Coral Reefs, Turquoise Waters and Nightlife"

Hurghada Tourism

Stretching 40 kms along the Red Coast, Hurghada is a beach town in Egypt, located 600 km from Cairo. It is known for its stunning coral reefs and turquoise waters. One of Egypt's main tourist attractions, Hurghada, which once used to be a fishing village, is now known for its nightlife, holiday resorts, beaches and water sports activities.

Hurghada does not have many spectacular sightseeing options. Still, it offers numerous adventure activities like cruising along the Red Sea to Giftun islands, quad biking in the Sahara desert, or a glass-bottom boat ride with amazing corals. Also known for its watersports, Hurghada has some of the best numerous diving and snorkelling sites around Abu Ramada Island, Giftun Kebir, Fanadir and Giftun Soraya. Tourists also like to visit the shipwrecks at El Mina and Rosalie Moller.

The beach town of Hurghada is a perfect blend of modernism and traditions, studded with vintage coffee houses and restaurants, Hurghada also houses some great bars and clubs. If you are looking for a beach destination where you can relax and party while enjoying a town's rich history, Hurghada is the place for you.

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Must Know Before You Travel to Hurghada

  • Hurghada is divided into El Ahia, El Helal, El Dahar, Sakala, El Kawsar and El Mamsha.
  • The traditional bazaars, post offices and bus stations are located in downtown El Dahar.
  • The city centre, Sakala, is the busiest area being the closest to all major tourist spots and has great accommodation options.
  • El Mamsha is the modern town studded with new and luxury hotels, restaurants and cafes. 
  • Hurghada is known for its all-inclusive resorts, most of which have in-house waterparks and loads of other activities. For an authentic Egyptian experience, stay in El Dahar (old town) while choose Sekalla (city centre) for budget-friendly options. Luxury resorts are mostly located in El Sakala and the marina.
  • Regular taxis and ABC Taxis are the most convenient for getting around. Uber and Careem cabs are also easily available.

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Nightlie in Hurghada

Hurghada is one of the premier party spots along the Red Sea. Studded with bars and clubs, Marina is the hub for dancing the night away in Hurghada. You can stroll past boats around Marina for a quiet night or engage in club-hopping. Hurghada's clubs offer a night out scene every day; while some clubs host parties over the weekends, others are packed around weekdays. Soho Square and Naama Bay are hubs for all party-lovers. With a variety of nighttime cafes and bars, they attract many tourists. Some important clubs to look out for in Hurghada are Pangaea, Little Buddha, Taj Mahal, Malibu Beach, Space, Camel Bar and Hard Rock.

Shopping in Hurghada

Alongside various shopping centres and malls, Hurghada has several street markets, where bargaining is a must-have skill. Souks in El Dahar, Sheraton Street and El Mamsha are the best places to purchase Egyptian souvenirs, haggling is definitely required in these areas because of the hiked-up prices. Sheraton Street in Sakala is Hurghada's busiest and longest shopping street. These shops aren't fixed price, you will have to negotiate with the vendors. El Mamsha and El Kawther are other important souqs selling local souvenirs. El Mamsha also has a few malls where you can buy branded products. The old market or El Dahar is a must-visit for the experience alone. You'll find things of daily use, kitchen appliances and amenities, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Located 15 kms away from the city centre is Senzo mall, the largest shopping mall in Hurghada, with its own buses coming in from different parts of the town. Full of international chains and restaurants, the mall offers an arcade and movieplex as well!

Suggested Itinerary for Hurghada

Day 1: Start your day at the Mosque El Mina Masjid, a multi-dome modern mosque in Hurghada. Next, head to the Sinbad submarines, which is a unique experience in Hurghada. This will take up to 3 hours, after which you can unwind by booking dinner and show at a popular Turkish restaurant offering Arabian nights.

Day 2: Enjoy a quick dive among the coral reefs of the Aegean sea. Book your scuba diving session online or on-site around the city center, where multiple travel agencies offer the experience. You can also go for a desert safari and experience adventure through ATVs and camel rides. The sunset desert tour will also include dinner in the dunes.

If you have more days in Hurghada, take a day trip to the Giftun islands.

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