Once a small fishing village, Hurghada has been turned into a luxury resort town, boasting some of the best diving holidays in the Red Sea. The town is divided into three main areas: Sigala where you can find many resorts on the beach side, mid-range hotels and restaurants galore. A little to the South is El-Memsha which is a strip of luxury resorts, and then there’s the charming older part of town El- Dahar with its bountiful bazaar.
Here are some tips you can make use of while in Hurghada:
- Parachuting: Hurghada is one of the few cities on the Red Sea Riviera where you can get initiated to parachuting. Training centres are usually located in 5 star hotels such as the Inter Continental Hurghada. They offer training courses ranging from 230 – 340 USD including 3 jumps.
- Hiking: You can go hiking from Hurghada. In fact, many tour operators offer exploration tours of the nearby Red Sea Mountains. These trips usually cost around 200 USD and the equipment rental or purchase is quite costly as well.
- Safaris: Hurghada is a perfect starting point for exploration safaris through the nearby Eastern Desert of Egypt. Your hotel and any tour operator can help you book a camel, 4X4, or quad-bike safari into the Eastern Desert.
- Culture: Hurghada isn’t all about beach fun, sunbathing and diving. From this coastal paradise you can head on day-trips to some interesting sites such as Caesar’s Town where a medieval fort awaits you, Umm Fawakhir, and Wadi Hammamat where you’ll explore Roman and Pharaonic ruins.
- Diving and Snorkeling: on a snorkeling or diving boat trip make sure to take your passport as you will need it at the port, and keep in mind that you’ll be paying 1 EGP as a “reef conservation tax.” Also help the reef by making sure your boat driver doesn’t anchor to the reef but rather to one of the available buoys.
- Don't miss the opportunity of visiting the Maritime museum in Hurghada (the Aquarium), in El-Dahar, where you can see a wide variety of rare fish and corals. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm. and tickets cost 5 EGP.
- Cash vs Credit Cards: When hitting the lively Hurghada traditional souks, leave your credit cards behind, supply yourself with cash and start haggling!
- Food: Thanks to its multicultural population, Hurghada offers a very wide choice of restaurants specializing in local, Middle Eastern, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and International cuisines. While most of the popular and cheap establishments are located in the Dahar area, western-like, upscale and exotic restaurants are located in Sigala and the northern part of the town, where new restaurants are added constantly.
- Buying Alabaster: When buying alabaster, make a close inspection and feel the piece. It should have a waxy feel, be translucent, light and white or cream-colored with veins of a dark red. The veins are natural, but they must not be breaks or cracks.
Facts About: Hurghada City
|Area Code : 65
||Population : 248000
||Seashore : 36 km