January – December
190 – 272 £GBP
LCY → HRG
Visa on arrival
Up to 30 days
Hurghada City is Egypt’s second largest town on the Red Sea and, courtesy of its world-famous coral reefs, one of the country’s busiest holiday spots. Hundreds of Hurghada hotels and eateries cram its 20 kilometre coastline. In the north you’ll find the historic old town, while in the south is the new development, the palm-lined Village Road, the middle spot is taken is Sakalla, the hectic town centre.
Dozens of private hotel beaches line the scenic shoreline. All have soft and white sand, which runs gently towards the turquoise blue sea, children can safely paddle at almost all of them. And just off the coast are dolphin-friendly reefs, coral gardens, and World War II wrecks where bright schools of fish that part and reform as you swim around them. There is a vast list of professional dive centres which will all take you to the reefs on your Hurghada holidays. Because of the amount of competition, the standards are very high.
Off the beach, this vibrant town is full of surprises. The old town, El Daha, is packed with a maze of narrow streets. You’ll spot a bazaar here, a mosque there, and you will get you a strong taste of Egypt as it has been for centuries. For something more modern, head to Sakalla. On both sides of Hurghada Marine Boulevard is a first-class selection of shops, and at the nearby marina, upscale cafes, bars and restaurants look out onto the luxury yachts moored there.
Temperature: Temperatures range from 16 degrees Celsius in winter to 33 degrees Celsius at the peak of summer.
Best time for holidays to Hurghada: Whatever time of year you go to Hurghada, you are practically always guaranteed clear skies and plenty of sunshine.Hurghada enjoys a hot and dry, subtropical climate featuring cloudless skies almost all year.
Summer is the best time for hitting the beach, when high temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius are perfect for snorkeling and diving. Temperatures hover in the high to mid-20s degrees Celsius in spring and autumn, before sitting in the mid-teens throughout winter. Rain practically never occurs, and temperatures rarely drop below 16 degrees Celsius even in January, Hurghada’s coldest month.
This luxury resort town is represents the “capital” of the Red Sea Riviera, full of dive sites, hip nightclubs and secluded beaches they all await you on Hurghada holidays. This resort is the main base with a vast choice of Hurghada hotels. It is very difficult to tell this was once a fishing village – it is now a buzzing resort, with a marina brimming with elegant bars, fine dining restaurants and designer shops.
Surrounding the town is the windswept and dramatic Sahara desert, where camel trains pick their way over the rolling dunes and the Bedouin tribes are frozen in time having lived the same nomadic existence for several millennia. For a first-hand experience, sign on for a desert safari. But if you feel more like Robinson Crusoe than like Lawrence of Arabia, then Giftun Island is a paradise for castaways featuring white-sanded beaches and snorkeller-friendly waters, its 45-minutes by boat away.
Head to the unspoiled Soma Bay, with its dramatic mountain backdrop and an 18-hole golf course, also a short drive from Hurghada, in the desert landscape of Makadi Bay, is a secluded new resort, with a luxury selection of watersports on offer, bars, cafes and restaurants, nightlife, and retail therapy at the Souk Makadi.
If you have the kids in tow take them for a ride on a banana boat on your holidays to Hurgada. For something a little more tranquil, enjoy a cruise in a glass-bottomed boat; it’s a great way to see the Red Sea’s dazzling array fish without getting your hair wet! Or, take the family to Hurghada’s Red Sea Aquarium to see sharks and turtles. The soft white sands of the beaches in Hurghada are perfect for little one, with warm shallow water perfect for paddling.
Hip bars and clubs and fine dining establishments overlook yachts at Hurghada Marina Boulevard. Here, you can eat sushi or even camel steak prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. You can dance until the sun comes up at a Hed Kandi pool party in the famous Papa’s Beach Club, which often has Ministry of Sound DJs on the bill. If you want traditional food and drink on Hurghada holidays, take the opportunity to sample mint tea in an ahwa (traditional teahouse) as the locals do in the Dahar neighbourhood. Head out on an off-road jeep trip to have dinner in a Bedouin village to sample local cuisine.