We were in Egypt for about 12 days and I loved almost every bit of it. Yet, there was one thing that set my vacation distinguished and that was our short time spent in Hurghada! We came to Hurghada for a short 3 night stay after disembarking our Nile Cruise in Luxor. Nile Cruise was absolutely stunning! Check out on how we did our Nile Cruise.
Hurghada is a coastal resort city bordering the Red Sea. It is a must if you wish to enjoy some water sports or to simply lounge or tan around the beach. Hurghada has an international airport that connects Cairo and also some European cities directly. You will soon see that Hurghada is very unlike the rest of the country as it is developed with foreign investments for tourism. There is a good Russian majority and the city also hosts several Russian Schools. That said, the tourists are from all over the world -predominantly from Europe and the UK.
Most people come to Hurghada for just a leisure vacation by the sea and to get a good tan. However, it is a good walking town and no one will be jaded here!
Water Sports in Hurghada
Most agencies conduct guided water sports at Hurghada. They have a free pickup and drop facility from almost all hotels in Hurghada – which is a very helpful thing! Our main zone of attraction was Scuba diving in the Red sea which we did via one of the PADI certified agencies who picked us up promptly and dropped us back in the evening after two successful dives. The dives were beautiful as the water was crystal clear with high visibility.
Amongst all the dives I have done in different aquatic zones, this one has been the best for me! I will talk about the activity in another post but I would stress that it is a must do for all water sport adventure seekers.
They also welcome Scuba Diving activities for beginners! If you are not much into scuba diving, you can try out snorkeling or just take a tour in one of the glass bottom boats.
There are several resorts and luxury accommodation available along the coast. We stayed at the Grand Seas Resort – Hostmak. It was very good and convenient for all water sports related activities.
Shopping and Entertainment
Hurghada also has a traditional Egyptian Bazar for those who won’t be going to Cairo for any shopping. You might want to pick up spices (Cardamom, Egyptian Saffron, etc.) and perfumes to take back home.
However, if you do happen to go to Cairo, I would suggest all major shopping to be done in Cairo alone, as most of what you want to buy would be slightly cheaper in the Capital.
For anyone staying marginally longer in Hurghada, you should check out the Senzo Mall (for all utilities). This is one mall I can absolutely not forget.
This mall is a major attraction for a tier 2 city of Egypt. It has almost everything starting from entertainment to shopping to food.
There is Spinneys supermarket, several fast food jaunts, other restaurants, multiplex cinema, play area and many other options to keep people engrossed. The highlight of this mall is its free shuttle running on the main street ferrying people several times every day. The stops are in front of all important resorts and land marks and the shuttles are quite regular.
Hurghada is a beautiful coastal town in Egypt. It will give you an excellent beach holiday in midst of some history! Like I said earlier, you will know why it is so different from the rest of Egypt.
While at Egypt, do allocate some time for this sunny coastal city. Give it a shot and you will definitely thank me later!
We were in Hurghada after our Nile Cruise ended in Luxor. We traveled by cab and it was a comfortable ride! Do read on how we did our Nile Cruise –