Hurghada City History At the beginning of 1980 Hurghada starts to be known for the tourist industry
due to its natural condition as the fine beaches, coral reefs, colored fishes, and sunshine. The investors began their tourist projects in the area in
building resorts and hotels, nowadays Hurghada has around 350 hotels
and resorts beside there are many Travel agents, Transportation agents, Diving schools, Diving centers, Safari Agents.
City Travel Information
Hurghada city is far from Cairo by 6 hours driving and from Luxor by 4.5 hours driving.
It is the biggest city on the red sea. Hurghada airport make it easy to travel
to the city from worldwide and from Egyptian cites, there are many ways
for travel from/to Hurghada from other cites in Egypt by flight with Egypt Air,
ferry boat that sails between Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh or the transportation
companies in Hurghada that leave to Cairo, Luxor, Marsa Alam, Alexandria, etc
which makes the city easy to reach from anywhere.
The Hurghada city is divided into three partitions, El Dahar area is the old area
in Hurghada and it has the old market and Bazaars in Hurghada, the biggest
Masjed in Hurghada and church. The second area called El Sakala and this
one consists of many Bazaars, Cafes, discus, Hurghada Marina, Hurghada
a port which ferry boats leave to Sharm El Sheikh and Saudi Arabia.
The newest area is the Touristic Road that takes place in front of the hotels,
there are many Bazaars, cafes, and discus along the road.
El Gouna is a new city in the north of Hurghada by 25 Km it has around 18
hotels and many private villas, it has a private airport and Marina.
El Gouna has many activates in the field of water sports, including scuba diving,
windsurfing, kite surfing, waterskiing, parasailing, and snorkeling.
The three main areas in El Gouna have housing shops,
bars, and restaurants: Downtown, Tamr Henna square, and the Abu Tig Marina.
Giftun and Mahmya Islands
Hurghada has many islands far from its beach but there are two big islands
that are famous and you can do trips to them, Giftun and Mahmya Islands are
the main diving and snorkeling sites to which daily boats take diving parties.
The island has a beautiful sand reef and a garden of corals and exotic marine life.
These trips for snorkeling including in their itinerary one hour of relaxing in Giftun island.
Where to Go:
During your holiday in Hurghada, there are many places your can go to discover
the history of pharaohs, there are daily flights to/from Cairo that you can arrange
your trip to visit the Great Giza Pyramids, the old capital of Egypt Memphis area,
Sakkara and first pyramid (A step pyramid), Dahshur, The Egyptian Museum,
Islamic and Coptic sites in Cairo, Salah El din citadel, Mohammed Ali alabaster,
and many sites in Cairo and Giza. You can travel to Cairo by car as well the road takes around 6 hours by way.
Hurghada is opposite the Nile valley on the red sea, so the way from
to Qena and Luxor is easy and the daily excursions to Luxor start
in the morning from Hurghada at 05:00 AM to visit the sites in the west
bank valley of the kings, the valley of the Queens, Habu Temple, Hatshepsut temple,
and the sites in the East Bank Karnak temple, Luxor temple,
Mummification Museum. You can travel from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh, St.
Catherine monastery and Moses Mountain by ferry boat or by flight it is
too near rather than use the road. There are tour operators that
operated charter tours to Petra in Jordan in a new way to add other cities
to visit during the holiday
Things to Do:
its offers a variety of activities that you can do in the sea or in the desert,
the fantastic coral reefs in the sea make snorkeling and diving are one of the
main activities, there are daily trips by boat to do snorkeling and
diving operated by diving centers in the hotels also you can do the Glass boat,
this one is good for the kids as they can see the coral reefs without swimming or diving.
During these trips, they stop at Giftun Island one of the national parks,
other water sports take place like windsurfing, kitesurfing, and waterskiing.
Sindbad Submarine is one of the fascinating trips in submarine
sail every day two or three times to dive with 44 passengers for 20
meters underwater to see the underwater views and marina life of the red sea.
The Majestic desert of Hurghada is amazing like its beaches and coral reefs,
those who love adventure prefer to do the trips to the desert and the mountains,
the safari tour operators have a nice tour through the desert, you can do
the Jeep 4*4 safari trip or Quad Bike desert tours, during the desert trips
you will have the opportunity to ride the Camels and learn about the Bedouin
people and their life. After you make your trip through the desert and mountain,
you will be head to the most interesting dinner you can do, the Bedouin Barbecue
Dinner with Bedouin music and party. Also, there is stargazing with powerful
telescope for those who want to see the stars, as well morning Quad Bike for
people who are interested to drive longer and explore the desert.