Hurghada, Egypt: Hotels, Beaches & Sights
Hurghada is one of the most popular Egyptian resorts among Russians. It is noteworthy that our compatriots go here not only in the season, but also in the winter months. Sandstorms (and they happen very often in winter, even in the height of summer Hurghada is located on a plain, open to all winds) do not stop our tired of frost and lack of sunlight compatriots. The good news is that it’s always warm here, and the bathing season lasts all year round: the temperature of the sea water never drops below 20 degrees plus sign.
1. How to get there
An international airport is only 5 km away from the historical center of the city and serves, among other things, Russian flights. There are direct flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg on the timetable, and in high season the geography of flights is complemented by flights from other regions. There is no public transport from the airport to the city. You can get to the hotel by cab, but a much better option is to book a transfer in advance with a tour operator.
1. How to get there
Hotels in Hurghada stretch along the coast for almost 50 km. Undoubtedly, in this abundance of options for every taste and purse. The large hotels owned by famous chains are of excellent service. They all have their own landscaped area and often have their own equipped beach. There are various sports grounds, discos, cafes and restaurants, children’s animation and discos on the territory of all-inclusive hotels.
Simpler “thirds” offer minimal service and quality food, often in the concept from “breakfast only” to “all inclusive”. But here on the territory, as a rule, there are no special attractions. However, in the city itself there is something for active travelers to do.
Almost all hotels have free Wi-Fi, but its quality can vary greatly. Somewhere the signal is so good that you can get online right from the bench on the beach, and somewhere even in the lobby is difficult to catch an acceptable signal. Egyptian hoteliers, taking into account the complaints of tourists, are actively working to eliminate the problems with communication.
The beaches of Hurghada are famous for their golden sands. For fans of underwater exploration this is rather a minus, because there are almost no corals with all the colorful creatures, but for lovers of a relaxing holiday on the coast it is a definite plus.
Sahl Hasheesh. Located just fifteen minutes from the airport, twelve-kilometer beach Sahl Hasheesh has an excellent infrastructure. In addition to umbrellas, sun loungers and cabins there are numerous bars and restaurants. Along the beach is a landscaped green area. The beach is covered with golden sand and the beach entrance is smooth and gentle.
Paradise Beach. It is Paradise Beach, located in a small lagoon formed by a cape, is most often chosen by locals for beach holidays. The beach is covered with soft sand, the entrance to the water is gentle, and the sea bottom is regularly cleaned from fragments of coral, which is nailed to the shore by the surf. The beach has all the necessary infrastructure, including a cafe. There are water equipment rentals.
Makadi Bay. It is a very calm and sparsely populated beach with a beautiful coastline, 25 km from the city. The beach is sandy but sometimes you can see large stones and coral fragments, so beach shoes are not to be forgotten. Almost the entire beach area is divided between local hotels, so there is all the necessary infrastructure.
Dream Beach. The beach belonging to the hotel of the same name is almost in the center of Hurghada. Those living on the territory can use it for free, the rest have to pay for the entrance. The coastline is sandy, the water entry is smooth and gentle, and the sea at this point is an amazing turquoise color. There are many bars, restaurants and cafes, it is strictly forbidden to bring your own water and drinks on the territory.
Mojito Beach. Another private beach, Mojito, belongs to a club that offers tourists a lot of entertainment, from a gym to a Play Station. Entrance to the area – paid, the sand is soft and clean, the entrance is gentle, but sometimes you can find coral shards. In the evenings there are often fiery parties.
Mahmya Island. Mahmya Beach is located on an island, and to get to it on your own, not having at least a boat, will not work. There is no diverse infrastructure, but that is not why travelers go to the island. The beach is popular with fans of diving and snorkeling, because, being part of a carefully protected national park, is home to a variety of sea creatures.
There are many places worth seeing in Hurghada. Therefore, tired of a beach holiday, you can safely go for a walk around the city.
Sheraton Street. The main street of the city going from the historic center to the seafront. Very clean and always crowded, it will delight tourists with numerous eateries and souvenir shops. The waterfront itself, Marina, also deserves attention. Numerous shopping and entertainment venues, including discos, and all this – against a backdrop of breathtaking views of the Red Sea.
Grand Aquarium. The local sea stimulator takes a respectable third place among similar institutions around the world. On an area of more than 20,000 square meters there are a lot of tanks with sea animals. Moreover, not only the local underwater world is represented. One of the zones is really dedicated to the inhabitants of the red sea, and the second one is occupied by the African fish. In total, the aquarium is home to over a thousand species.
El Dahar. The most ancient and interesting for the lovers of history area of Hurghada will delight tourists with the atmospheric oriental architecture of the old quarters. Located here are such iconic landmarks of the city as El Mina mosque and the Coptic Orthodox Church. You can get a delicious meal in the small cozy cafes, and you can buy memorabilia in the small souvenir shops. And you must also go to the local agricultural market and buy the freshest fruit.
The Palace of a Thousand and One Nights. The huge entertainment center is referred to by many as the “Oriental Disneyland”. There are impressive theatrical shows, circus performances with camels and Arabian horses, the show of singing fountains, and there are many restaurants and cafes with oriental cuisine, hookah rooms and attractions. Neither adults nor children will be bored here.
Sand Sculpture Museum. Open-air museum with huge exhibits that were created by artists from seventeen countries.
The first part of the exhibition presents the characters of myths and legends, as well as famous personalities. The second part – the heroes of popular films and movies. By the way, our compatriots, the heroes of “Well, wait a minute” and the Russian version of “Winnie the Pooh” are also here.
Hurghada – Egypt’s resort with golden sands
Past the tedious journey via Cairo, the sunny, hospitable Hurghada is finally within direct flight distance. Why is this Egyptian resort so popular? We found an explanation!
Features of Hurghada
Hurghada is located in eastern Egypt on the west coast of the Red Sea. Today it is, without a doubt, one of the favorite resorts of Russian tourists. You can go here for excellent diving, beach relaxation, interesting excursions and nightlife (or all at once!) And most importantly – Hurghada can now be reached by direct flights from Russia. Just 4.5 hours – and you are already stepping on Egyptian soil, and immersed in an atmosphere of Arabian color!
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Pros and cons of the resort.
Like any resort, Hurghada has its strengths and weaknesses. The strengths, of course, more, otherwise so many tourists would not seek here.
Pluses and minuses of Hurghada
The presence of an international airport at the resort – thanks to this you can get to any hotel in half an hour maximum.
The area can be chosen depending on what kind of vacation you are planning – the northern areas are suitable for a beach holiday, the south – for sightseeing, and the area Sakkala is ideal for lovers of a vibrant nightlife.
The list of attractions is long enough to keep you entertained even if you don’t leave the resort.
A visa is required for visiting Sharm El Sheikh – if you can get a “Sinai stamp” to visit it, it won’t work with Hurghada: you’ll have to pay 25 dollars for a visa (3 months valid).
It is necessary to be very thoughtful in choosing a hotel – it is recommended to clarify in advance if the beach is a sandy bottom without stones.
The need to swim in special shoes – corals in the sand are very common, so without shoes is better not to go into the water.
When it’s better to go
The “high” season in Hurghada lasts from May to November – during this time at the resort the air temperature is +26 … +33 °C, water – +24 … +28 °C. I must say that in summer at the resort stay the most resilient tourists – during this time there is a strong heat up to +40 ° C. Many come to Hurghada to celebrate the New Year – the water and air temperature remains at +22 ° C, you can sunbathe and see the sights.
Al Dahar, Hurghada’s old town
Hurghada is divided into three regions – El Dahar, Sakkala and New Hurghada. Each of them has access to the Red Sea, and where best to stay, tourists choose depending on what kind of vacation they like.
The most comfortable place to be is in New Hurghada – this part of town has many hotels, beaches, supermarkets and stores. In addition, here you can safely wear open summer clothes without fear of offending the feelings of the local population. New Hurghada choose those who count on a quiet holiday, increased comfort and familiar to Europeans atmosphere.
The best beaches are Dream Beach and Old Vic, which is reflected in the cost of visiting – for the entrance will have to pay about 500 rubles. The number of visitors to the beach suggests that they think the fee is justified – guests get towels and can use umbrellas, sun loungers, toilets and playgrounds. The entrance to the sea here is wonderful – the beach staff makes sure that the bottom was not a stone and coral.
Dream Beach is ideal for those who like to dive (there is a pontoon), as well as for divers (there are coral reefs). Old Vic is a great place to stay with the kids. The sea here is calm, shallow, and the entrance to the water is gentle.
Lovers of partying can usually go to Mojito Beach, which is open 24 hours a day. During the day you can swim, sunbathe, do sports, and go boating, and at night the beach hosts a lot of foam parties and famous DJs.
What to see
Hurghada is not just beaches and diving. There’s plenty to see, from historical monuments to water parks and amusement parks.
The Grand Aquarium is a huge 22,000 square meter room, where you can spend a whole day watching the underwater life of the Red Sea and African rivers. It is the only such aquarium in the Middle East and North Africa and the third largest in the world.
The glass underwater tunnel with a length of 24 meters, around which stingrays, sharks and other predators of the sea swim freely, is a special delight for the visitors of the complex. Guests of the Grand Aquarium are also invited to take a walk through the tropical “rain” forest and visit the exhibition “Whale Valley”.
El Mina Mosque
El Mina Mosque (also known as Abdulhasan Elshazi Mosque) is one of the most beautiful buildings in Hurghada. It is visible from afar, with 25 domes and two minarets crowning the elegant white stone structure. The facades of the mosque are decorated with traditional oriental ornaments and exuberant carvings. Most visitors to Hurghada tour El Mina Temple only from the outside, as only those who practice Islam and follow a strict dress code are allowed inside.
Promenade of Hurghada
Hurghada’s waterfront (marina) is a pleasant place for strolling and relaxing. It stretches along the coast for about a kilometer and offers great views of the sea and boats – both modern and historical (or stylized). Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, live music – entertainment at the marina never stops. Here you can enjoy delicious food, watch the sunset, dance or just stroll around, recharging with resort energy and positivity.
These islands are called the Paradise Islands for a reason – it is a must-see during your visit to Hurghada. Usually the tour to Giftun lasts about 7 hours and the day offers a lot of unforgettable impressions. Take a breeze ride on the sea in a boat or a boat, relax on the beautiful sandy beaches, snorkeling or scuba diving – for all that tourists go to the Big and Small Giftun.
The Palace of a Thousand and One Nights
The Palace of a Thousand and One Nights
This Hurghada attraction, also known as the “Disneyland of Egypt”, is located 17 km from the city center. The atmosphere here is that of an oriental fairy tale – the palace strikes the imagination of children and adults with its oriental flavor and offers an interesting entertainment program, including a theatrical show that tells about the history of Egypt, a circus performance with camels and Arabian horses, as well as an unforgettable show of singing fountains.
Coptic Orthodox Church is located in the old city of El Dahar. Its main feature is an unusual combination of Christian and Islamic architecture. The outside of the church is decorated with frescoes and delicate carvings on the windows and inside is a three-tier iconostasis with images of biblical scenes and images of saints. Tourists are free to visit the church; a strict dress code is not necessary.
The lively Sheraton Street never sleeps during the day or night and connects the old town of El Dahar to the waterfront. Party goers, entertainment and shopping lovers will love it here – restaurants, bars, clubs, stores and hookah houses abound on the Sheraton.
Titanic Waterpark, one of the largest in Egypt, is located 17 km from the center of Hurghada, in the hotel Titanic Resort & Aquapark 4 *. Entry for hotel guests and children under 6 years old is free. The water park operates year round – during the winter months the water in the pools is heated. There are both small children’s pools and play areas, as well as pools with artificial waves and a river for rafting – all this pleasure is placed on 6000 square meters. The bars and restaurants are a great place to eat, and the sauna, steam room and massage parlor are a great place to relax.
The water park Jungle is located in the hotel Jungle Aqua Park 4 * and is considered one of the most popular water parks in Egypt. Here you can relax on islands with palm trees near large swimming pools connected to each other by bridges, take an extreme speed descent into the pool “Freefall” and swim in the reservoir with artificial waves. Kids will love the fun snake and octopus chutes and the shallow “paddling pools” with mushrooms and fountains.
Umm Huwaitat or Ghost Town is an abandoned desert town on the outskirts of Hurghada that tourists usually explore during a jeep or ATV ride. The main attraction of the town is the snow-white mosque, from whose minaret you can see an impressive panorama of Ghost Town and the desert.
Sand Sculpture Museum
Sand Sculpture Museum
A very unusual museum where you can see huge sand sculptures up to 10m high. The sculptors from 17 countries worked for half a year to create them – here are the historical figures, heroes of legends, movie characters and even characters from popular cartoons.
Egypt in Miniature
Egypt in Miniature is a great destination for families, located at the resort of Makadi Bay, 25 km from Hurghada. Here you can see a miniature (1:25) copy of Egypt’s most famous landmarks and take memorable photos against the backdrop of the mini Sphinx or the pyramid of Cheops. Many tourists after visiting the park go to see the sights that impressed them – the real ones!
The Sindbad Submarine
The Sindbad Submarine
A dive into the depths of the sea in a Sindbad submarine gives many vivid emotions to the guests of Hurghada. Normally this tour lasts about 2 hours: 30 minutes are spent diving to a depth of 22 m, an hour is spent inspecting the underwater beauties (bright fish, corals, seaweed) and another 30 minutes – on ascent. Children under 5 years travel free of charge.
Things to do in Hurghada
Bars and Restaurants
Many tourists come to admire the gastronomic diversity of restaurants in Hurghada – here you can find restaurants of Egyptian, Japanese, Mediterranean and even Russian cuisine. The resort is open cozy bars, cafes and pizzerias overlooking the sea or a busy Oriental street.
We recommend the following bars and restaurants:
- Sofra – a restaurant with Middle Eastern and Egyptian cuisine.
- Makai Tukai – A place with an impressive Asian menu
- Nino’s Restaurant is a cozy place serving delicious Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
- Waves Restaurant & Lounge Bar – hearty bar/restaurant with a view of yachts and Russian-speaking staff
- Che Guevara – camel steak served here!
- Hangover Bar & Grill – great place with good hookah.
- Papas Bar – often hosts rousing Latin parties.
Clubs and Nightlife
Hurghada is a party resort that never stops for a moment. Here you can see the mesmerizing performances of Nubians, enjoy singing fountains and colorful laser show programs, and visit nightclubs with world-class DJs. You will not be bored!
You should definitely visit one of the nightclubs mentioned below:
- Elements Club & Lounge – there are often Ladies’ nights with free admission and drinks for girls.
- Papas Club – themed parties and rocking music.
- Dome Club: A spacious club with great DJ’s.
Shopping in Hurghada
The most common tourist products in Hurghada are national and commonplace clothing, spices, oriental sweets, oils, papyrus, hookahs and jewelry. Very often from the resort are brought to remember the statues of cats and pharaohs, figurines of scarab beetles and small pyramids.
Shopping in Hurghada is very diverse – you can visit the major shopping centers of the resort or look in the small stores and stalls.
How to Get There
Hurghada International Airport is conveniently located just 5 miles from the center of Hurghada. Hurghada is easily accessible by direct flight from Moscow – flights have been flying in since August 2021. Then you can get to the hotel by shuttle bus, cab or pre-book a transfer.
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