Hurghada – Egypt’s Resort Town
The third largest city in Egypt, Hurghada is scenically located on the Red Sea Coast in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt. A major tourist destination in the country, the history of the city dates back to the 20th century when it was just a small fishing village. At an elevation of 14 meters above mean sea level, Hurghada boasts of a 36 km long shoreline and serves as a perfect resort destination for locals as well as tourists. The town is inhabited by 248,000 residents and is divided in three major parts – Downtown (old part), Sekalla (city center) and El Memsha (the modern area). Tourism is the major economic sector and here tourists can not only explore natural as well as manmade attraction, but can also indulge in recreational adventures like snorkeling and scuba diving.
All flights scheduled for Hurghada land at the Hurghada International Airport which is directly connected to Cairo along with a few European cities. It is located at a distance of 5 km from the main city. The city experiences sub-tropical desert type of climate which features mild winters and very hot summer. Summer in Hurghada last from May till October and it can get too hot to handle. Mild winters start from November and continue till April, making these months the best time to visit the city.
Serving as Egypt’s center for sea sports, Hurghada is also famous for its numerous architectural splendors and natural attractions. A dramatic landscape which is ideal for relaxing and long stretch of unspoilt beaches is what draws tourists to this resort town. The town's most popular boat excursion, Giftun Islands, is the best place to enjoy snorkeling and to sight coral reefs. If you are not interested in water sport then this beach is also ideal for relaxing and soaking in the sun. When in Hurghada, do not miss visiting the Hurghada Marina, which is located in the city center. It is a promenade which has some of the best restaurants and the view of the bobbing yachts and the Red Sea from here truly mesmerizing.
If you are interested in basking a diving expedition in Hurghada, head directly to the Straits of Gubal. Squeezed between Red Sea Coast and the Western shore of the Sinai Peninsula, this narrow strip of water is famous for The Thistlegorm, which is the a WWII cargo ship which sunk here. The list of beaches in Hurghada is a long one but the best among all is the ‘Sigala’, which lies in the south of the city. If you are fascinated by the water world then do not miss Sindbad Submarine, a tourist submarine which takes tourists 22 meters below water and allows them to see the magical world of fishes and corals.
The city is as famous for its desert Jeep Expeditions & Quad Biking as it is for its vast coastline. When in Hurghada, tourists can surely not afford to miss a ride of the ship of the desert – the camel. Most of the resorts in Hurghada offer this activity. Astronomical night tours, Bedouin Dinner Tours, Abu Nuhas Shipwreck Sites, Gota Abu Ramada Dive Site and Hurghada Aquarium are also some of the major tours and attractions one should not miss in Hurghada.
Eating and Shopping
Food options ranging from traditional platters to fast food to oriental dishes, everything is available for tourists in Hurghada. Many fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC have their presence in Hurghada. Similar to most of the cities in Egypt, meat is consumed but the wide option of sea food available around the city also forms a staple food. Most of the resort have their own restaurant but if you are looking for a food adventure visit Divino Restaurant, Café Del Mar, One In the Town, Bordiehn’s Restaurant B’s at Marina, Moby Dick, Granada Restaurant & Pub, Thai Garden, The Lodge Restaurant, El Mina and Heaven Bistro. Some of the most popular food items that you should not miss savoring here are – Kebabs, koshary, falafel, Fuul, taamiya, Kebobs, fatayeer and Egyptian bread. Hurghada is the most liberal city when compared to its counterparts in terms of drinking and alcohol is easily available in restaurants and bars.
When in Hurghada, there are lots of things that you can buy to satisfy your shopping instincts. The city is very popular for its handmade souvenirs and oil based perfumes. Most of the bargain shops are located in the old part of the town and here bargaining is highly recommended. If you are brand conscious, then go to New Marina and Sheraton Road, where you can find numerous boutiques and luxury shopping stores. The traditional markets or souks are a must visit if you want to enjoy the vintage charm of Hurghada.
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