Hurghada enjoys the title of being one of the oldest and most famous beach resort destinations in Egypt. The stunning beach town runs along the Red Sea coast of the country and has numerous diving schools, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Its old town, El Dahar, has several traditional Egyptian coffee shops and souks, which give an insight into the traditional lives of locals in the area. Let’s look at some of the best attractions in Hurghada, which make it an ideal winter destination.
Giftun Islands is one of the many offshore islands of Hurghada. Visitors can enjoy fantastic boat excursions to the Giftun islands from Hurghada. The islands have spectacular white sandy beaches and offer amazing snorkelling opportunities in their crystal clear waters. Apart from scuba diving, snorkelling, and swimming, visitors can enjoy sunbathing in the relaxed environs of the Giftun Islands.
Stroll around Makadi Bay in Hurghada to enjoy picturesque beachfront views. This place is also popular for snorkelling, surfing, and diving. However, it has gained most prominence as a luxury resort area, with several 4 star and 5 star resorts dotting its shore.
Stroll along the streets of Hurghada Marina in the evening to experience the local vibe. The Marina is a contemporary and stylish addition to Sigala, a part of Hurghada, and is full of world class cafes and restaurants. Before your meal, enjoy the spectacular sunset views against the backdrop of bobbing yachts and the Red Sea.
The old part of the town of Hurghada is called the El Dahar, famous for a traditional Egyptian bazaar selling all kinds of gifts, souvenirs, and local handicrafts. Don’t forget to haggle to bring the price down in case you buy something. The bazaar is quite popular with tourists.
Hurghada is best known for its pristine white sandy beaches. Although, most of the best beach patches have been claimed by the abundant beachfront resorts, travellers can still enjoy access to these sandy strips as most of these resorts offer day-access to non-guests. Head straight towards south of Sigala for the ‘Resort Strip’ to enjoy the charm of some of the best beaches in Hurghada.
Abu Nuhas Shipwreck Sites
An ideal activity for swimmers would be to enjoy scuba diving in the Abu Nuhas Shipwreck Sites. This is a diving area, which is located further north of Shadwan Island. The dive site boasts of five shipwrecks, which can be explored by divers. One is a wreck of the UK cargo ship Carnatic, which sunk in 1869. Dive into these ship wrecks to discover thriving corals and exotic fish life, including lionfish, triggerfish, and pipefish.