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Hurghada

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Hurghada is one of the Egypt’s main tourist centers, and the second largest Egyptian city on the Red Sea coast. Spread over about 36 kilometers (22 miles) along the seashore, Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century as a small fishing village. The city holds more than 100 different hotels and superb diving opportunities. Hurghada is well known for its watersports activities, nightlife and warm weather.

Climate

Hurghada has a subtropical-desert climate, with mild-warm winters and hot to very hot summers.

Temperatures in winter range from 22-25 °C (72-77 °F) in the morning, while night-time lows drop to 14-11 °C (57-52 °F). In summer, the highs range between 38-42 °C (101-107 °F), and lows drop to around 21-25 °C (69-77 °F).

Tourist Attractions

  1. El Qoseir

El Qoseir is one of the oldest cities on the western coast of the Red Sea. It was known by various names in the past eras, such as: Thagho (pharonic period), Leucos Limen (Hellenistic and Ptolemaic period), and Portus Albus (Roman period). In the Islamic period it was named El Qoseir (meaning: a small palace or fortress).

The area holds many historical sites like the Ottoman Fort and the Water Reservoir. The Water Reservoir was El Qoseir’s only source of drinking water 100 years ago.

There are now many bazaars, cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants offering sea food in the area. In addition to several 300-year-old mosques, like: El-Farran, El-Qenawi and El-Senousi.

 

  1. El Mahmya

A beachfront camp for on the protected Giftun Island. A trip to the camp takes 45 minutes by boat from Hurghada’s port.

 

  1. Sharm El-Naga

A village located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Hurghada. Sharm El-Naga is famous for its beach that contains a beautiful reef cliff.

 

  1. Hurghada Grand Aquarium

A public aquarium and mini-zoo in Hurghada. It houses more than 100 animals, representing 1,200 species, all of which reside in 1 million US gallons (3,500 m3) of marine and fresh water. It offers many animal experiences, adventures, and daily shows & feedings.

What to do?

  1. Watersports

The coral reefs closest to the shore and hundreds of varieties of tropical fish just 10 meters away from the beach; managed to put Hurghada on the international hot-spot map

Most resorts and hotels provide aquatic sport facilities for windsurfers, kite surfers, yachtsmen, scuba divers and snorkelers.

The Red Sea is well known as being an excellent spot for diving and snorkeling; and Hurghada is an awesome place for beginners and advanced divers. Visitors get to enjoy the beautiful under water views with local divers who are excellent in handling beginners.

 

  1. Golf

Hurghada has multiple 18-hole championship golf courses that are open year round. Players get to enjoy stunning mountains and endless sea views; along with carefully placed bunkers, lagoons, and desert roughs.

 

  1. Safaris

Visitors get to enjoy a ride by motorbikes or beach buggies into the Sahara desert for tea with a Bedoin tribe. Or maybe ride a camel across Biblical plains to see remote and ancient wonders like the Ottoman Fort and the Water Reservoir.

 

  1. Cruises

For a more relaxed time, cruises across the Red Sea to the uninhabited island of Giftun surrounded by magical coral gardens, is a must try.

Visitors can get to the island by a glass boat, enjoy a lazy day on the white sand, and swim amongst the coral reefs.

 

 

  1. Entertainment

Hurghada holds a bowling and family entertainment center close by, as well as a few malls and restaurants. There’s also quite a handful of great night clubs spread around the city.

 

  1. Education

Hurghada features a few international schools to cater to its expat population, including: Deutsche Schule Hurghada-Red Sea, Russian School Hurghada, Creative Minds International School of Hurghada, and Sunrise International School Hurghada.