Bordered by the Sahara Desert, Hurghada is one of Egypt’s busiest holiday destinations. It’s a real mix of old and new, from the narrow streets and souks of the old town to the stylish marina full of luxury yachts and incredible restaurants.
With dozens of white sandy beaches along the coastline and crystal clear waters, it’s a perfect holiday destination. Here’s a flavour of some of the tops things to do in Hurghada.
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The Giftun Islands
The Giftun Islands are in the Red Sea, a 45 minute boat ride from Hurghada. Famous for their pristine protected beaches, they are a popular attraction offering coral reef snorkelling, diving, sunbathing and peace and quiet. The beautiful beach of Mahmya is located at the Southern tip of the Islands and can be reached by booking a short boat trip. You might even spot a pod of dolphins on the journey!
A Day at a Waterpark
The perfect place to have some family fun is at one of the big water parks. The Jungle Aqua Park is the largest water theme park in Hurghada and boasts 35 slides as well as 14 pools. At Makadi Water World, you can choose between 50 water attractions, swimming pools, a children’s park, recreation areas and much more, including a 19m free-fall slide and a gleaming river to fulfill all your diving fantasies!
If you want to get a close up glimpse of the beautiful Red Sea marine life and amazing sea creatures, then the Hurghada Grand Aquarium is a must. Both a freshwater and seawater aquarium, it houses a variety of fish species including rays, sharks and sea turtles. In the park outside, discover a lush rainforest and the outdoor zoo with its African wildlife.
Enjoy a Bedouin Dinner
You won’t find a better way to experience Egyptian food and culture than this! Bedouin Dinner Tours are offered by many resorts and involve heading out to nearby Bedouin settlements and enjoying wonderful local cooking while reclining on colourful cushions in tradition Bedouin tent setting.
Shopping at the Senzo Mall
Looking to go shopping? Head for the largest shopping complex of its kind in the Red Sea area and browse the extensive variety of fashion, jewellery and homeware stores. When you need a break, there’s an indoor food court with an array of cafés and restaurants. To ensure the children don’t feel left out, they can be taken care of in Kidzo, the large indoor kid’s amusement park.
Hurghada Marina was redesigned in 2008 as a place for locals and visitors to stroll in the sun, get some fresh air or grab a bite to eat with views of the sea. The marina has 200 berths for sail boats and mega yachts, while the waterfront Hurghada Marine Boulevard is home to cafes, restaurants, shop and stylish bars, many hosting live music most nights of the week. Visitors can shop in a recreated Souk, dance the night away at a beach bar or board a glass-bottom boat to explore the colorful corals just offshore.
El Dahar (Hurghada Old Town)
North of the resorts, you’ll find El Dahar (Hurghada Old Town). Most locals live in El Dahar, and it’s here that you’ll find the most authentic restaurants and hotels. The highlight of the old town is the souk, or market. It’s easy to while away several hours here, browsing the local produce and spices, and shopping for take-home souvenirs like rugs, water pipes and traditional clothing.
Abdulmoneim Riadh Mosque
Also known as the Big Mosque, this architectural marvel stands tall on its own. With a classic Islamic architectural make-up and an intricate design, this mosque is ideally located between the main street and the ocean. The minarets can be seen from long distances, and its arches, domes and hallways feature delicate carvings details. What’s more, every day, the call to prayer can be heard resonating from within the mosque’s walls.