Hurghada in Egypt lies on the edge of the Red Sea. It was founded early in the 20th Century and has since become a leading seaside resort within the area as well as now being Egypt’s second largest city. It is an established family holiday destination and offers lots of fun and interesting things to do and see.
One of the main things that this area is known for is its aquatic sports. The combination of warm waters and well looked after unique underwater gardens off the coast mean that a wide variety of rare fish and corals can be seen here. Glass bottom boats, snorkelling and diving are popular ways of seeing these wonderful sights, and not surprisingly this region is quite famous amongst the diving community.
The city has three divisions El Dahar the oldest part of the city, El Memsha the most modern part where you can visit the largest bazaar in the area, and Sekalla which is the area where most of the hotel resorts are located. Most of the hotels are on the main road through the town, and offer lots of choice to visitors. There are luxury 5 star hotels with all mod cons offered and traditional Egyptian guest houses too.
The weather in this region is warm all year round, and sunny days with temperatures into the 30’s plus warm mild nights make this a fantastic holiday destination. There are also many attractions locally which make this vibrant holiday destination suitable for all age groups. There is a local museum, an aquarium where you can see many examples of the flora and fauna of the Red Sea. The nearby desert offers opportunities to safari by camel or jeep, and there are plenty of water sports activities to join in with too. Hurghada is also close enough to both Luxor and Cairo to make it possible to take day trips to these remarkable cities quite easily.
Local islands off the shore in the Red Sea are quite popular with visitors. Gifitun is popular for people who wish to snorkel and they often hold fish barbecues on the beach afterwards. There are many others which are popular too including Shadwan, Shaab el-Erd, Umm Gammar and Shaab Abu Shiban.
Flying to Hurghada from the UK takes around 5 hours, and there are quite a lot of operators in the UK who offer family holidays here. This means of course that as well as lots of choice in terms of departure times and dates, you also stand the chance of finding some excellent deals when you search. Most package deals will include your flights, hotels and transfer and some will also include food and drink too. The hotels locally normally offer a mixture of western and Egyptian food, and there are usually a number of well known drinks brands on offer as well as locally produced drinks.