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Welcome to Hurghada

With the crystalline waters of the Red Sea to the east and the sands of Egypt’s vast desert to the west, Hurghada attracts vacationers from across the globe who want to relax on its endless beaches, explore its spectacular dive sites, and take day trips to the historic cities along the Nile River. Like its fellow resort cities of Sharm El Sheikh and El Gouna (just a half hour away), Hurghada is known for its incredible water sports and diving; and visitors can take a snorkeling trip along the coastline or across the water to the beautiful Giftun Islands and Mahmaya Island to view coral reefs populated with exotic fish, sea turtles, and rays. Though now a modern vacation destination, Hurghada has a long history, which visitors can learn about on a private tour of Old Town, with stops at the Abdel Monaem Read Mosque (Big Mosque), Church of St. Mary, and the marina. You’ll also want to stroll through the colorful, bustling souks (markets) to shop for souvenirs. Outside the city to the west, take an unforgettable desert safari by 4x4 quad bike or Jeep, stopping for a Bedouin barbecue under the starry night sky. Further west, explore the Nile from Aswan in the south to Cairo and Alexandria to the north. The river is lined with ancient cities and monuments, including Luxor, Qena, the Karnak temple complex, the Giza Pyramids, and the Valley of the Kings—perfect day tours for archaeology buffs.

Top 11 attractions in Hurghada

Hurghada Marina

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Opened in 2008, Hurghada Marina is the recreational hub of the Red Sea resort. Centered on a 200-berth harbour and bordered by the Marina Boulevard—a walkway flanked by palms, parks, and ochre-painted shops and residential blocks—the marina boasts an abundance of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.More

Giftun Islands

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The two Giftun Islands—Giftun Kebir and Giftun Sughayer—are some of the closest to Egypt’s resort town of Hurghada and comprise part of a marine reserve in the Red Sea with spectacular coral reefs and drop-offs teeming with life. Day-trippers come for snorkeling, diving, and sunbathing on the pair of islands’ pristine, protected beaches.More

Hurghada Grand Aquarium

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The Hurghada Grand Aquarium focuses on the the aquatic wonderland lying offshore. Whether you’re a keen snorkeler or merely want to learn more about the world’s rare coral reefs, the museum reveals plenty of insights into the Red Sea’s ecological environment, including all the animals, like sharks and turtles, that call it home.More

Mahmya Island

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Despite the name, Mahmya Island is not actually an island: it’s one section of Big Giftun Island in the Giftun Islands, off Hurghada’s Red Sea coast. Lounge on the sandy beaches; snorkel the coral reef from the beach or a boat; rent a “Sea-Spi’ glass-bottom watercraft; or eat and drink at the restaurants.More

Makadi Water World

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In the Makadi Bay resort area south of Hurghada, Makadi Water World is one of Egypt’s biggest water parks. Fifty different rides and slides include 25 adult-centered experiences such as Twister, Kamikaze, Space Boat, Black Hole, and Turbo Tunnel, and 25 kid-friendly rides. There’s also a surf simulator, wave pool, and lazy river.More

Careless Reef

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The corals of Careless Reef, set in the open waters of the Red Sea about an hour from Hurghada, are flourishing again as it recovers from the crown-of-thorns seastar’s predation. With excellent visibility, shallow pinnacles, and a steep wall with caves and overhangs, it offers something for every diver, including the chance of big pelagics.More

El Dahar (Hurghada Old Town)

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North of Hurghada’s luxury resorts lies the Old Town of El Dahar, where you’ll find the city’s most authentic restaurants and shops. A highlight of the area is a traditional Egyptian souk that’s crammed with shops selling leather, copper, papyrus, spices, and shisha pipes.More

Hurghada 1,001 Nights (Alf Leila Wa Leila)

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The open-air theater at the Hurghada Alf Leila Wa Leila hotel plays host each evening to the spectacular Fantasia show, often known as Alf Leila Wa Leila (1,001 Nights. The 2,500-capacity space delivers a feast of Arab, Bedouin, and Egyptian culture, folklore, history, and dance, complete with a horse show and an illuminated fountain.More
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Red Sea

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The Red Sea channel draws tendrils of Indian Ocean water up through Africa and Arabia to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Divers and snorkelers appreciate the Red Sea’s clear waters and colorful coral and marine life, while sandy beaches lure sun worshippers from around the world.More
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Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque

Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque

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Named for the Egyptian military hero Abdul Munim Riad, the Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque can be spelled many different ways in English. Built in the early ’70s, not long after Riad was killed in action, the mosque’s twin minarets tower above El Dahar (Old Town, Hurghada’s most traditionally Egyptian district.More
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Mons Porphyrites

Mons Porphyrites

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Egypt’s rare porphyry was highly valued by the ancient Romans, and this former Roman quarry—once a thriving settlement of houses, temples, and workshops—was mined for its precious purple and white crystalline stone, used to decorate columns, sarcophagi, and temples. Relics and ruins of this activity remain at this archaeological site.More

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Top activities in Hurghada

Day Trip to Cairo by Bus

Day Trip to Cairo by Bus

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hurghada

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Great value for money and so fun!
Nicola_C, Nov 2022
Super Safari ATV, Drive Buggy Car, Camel Ride, Bedouin Dinner, Show-Hurghada
Our tour guide spoke perfect English and was very friendly.
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A Beautiful Gem You Must See!
Nancy_K, Nov 2022
Sand City Museum Skip the Line Pass With Private Transfer - Hurghada
We’re so glad we got a chance to see Sand City.
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Worth it!
Asif_Y, Oct 2022
1-day trip to Cairo with flight from Hurghada / Makadi Bay / Soma Bay / El Gouna
Great trip overall, we’ve always wanted to see the pyramids and they did not disappoint!
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Thank you Achmed and Saïd for the amazing experience!
Megan_B, Aug 2022
Private Tour: Luxor Day Trip from Hurghada
On our summer holiday to Hurghada, we wanted to see something from Egypt.
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A fun-filled adventurous experience
Joy_K, Jul 2022
Trip to Orange bay including Lunch, Snorkeling & Water Sports from Hurghada
For anyone planning to visit Hurghada, book with Sunshine tours and I’d also recommend Safwan and his crew.
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Watch the Moon and more
Patrick_T, Jul 2022
Star Watching and Jeep Safari With Bedouin Dinner and Camel Ride - Hurghada
We were picked up at hotel in time and after a short drive to other hotels we went to the desert, saw a beduin village and continued the journey back to the Red Sea where we watched the sunset over the dessert, had a dinner in a camp and finally went to see the moon with a big telescope.
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A long journey on a hot day
Patrick_T, Jul 2022
Small group Hurghada to Luxor, Valley of the Kings by Van
We got water from the guide and had the chance to see tree tombs.
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Great cultural experience with expert staff
Kevin_H, Jun 2022
Day trip to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings from Hurghada
Our guide, Mohammed, guided my girlfriend and I in English and a German couple in fluent German.
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Amazing City!
Joie_R, May 2022
Hurghada City Tour Private
Got to see new and old Hurghada.
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Great tour Guide Fouad Hurghada
Cornelius_W, Apr 2022
Excursions Night City Tour VIP with Dinner & Egyptian Show - Hurghada
After this tour we know a lot more about what to expect in Hurghada and what activities we should do during our stay.
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Amazing Hurghada Tour
Santae_R, Mar 2022
Hurghada: 3-Hour City Sightseeing Tour
Very informative and get to see different parts off Hurghada and worth doing 100%.
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Amazing glo
Mohammed_A, Jan 2022
Semi Submarine Underwater Tour from Hurghada, Safaga, soma bay, Makadi, elgouna
This is my first time to come to hurghada and was very amaze friendly crew and pleasant atmosphere unfortunately couldn't have time to see more but promise coming back again great experience thanks guy's hope to see u soon
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Fantastic
Ashu_S, Jan 2020
Day Trip to Cairo by Bus
Fantastic way to see Cairo in a day, we were picked at 1.
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Perfect day in Luxor
Erin_N, Nov 2019
Day Tour To Luxor from Hurghada by Bus
I went from hurghada to Luxor by bus for 1 day it was very amazing tour and the driver was perfect and it was very safe for me to have a tour like this I enjoyed the time between hurghada and Luxor also the temples was very amazing to see really it have very special history you should have this tour once
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Great Accommodation!
Joseph D, Jul 2019
Private Tour: Cairo Day Trip from Sharm El Sheikh by private coach
They hit all the main highlights you need to see in Cairo.
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Enjoyed every second of it! Our tour...
Michelle J, Oct 2017
Private Tour: Hurghada City Sightseeing
Our tour guide Mohammad was excellent and knew all the best sights to see.
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Amazing trip to Luxor
Boris_S, May 2022
Private Tour: Luxor Day Trip from Hurghada
Driver barely spoke any English.
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Amazing experience to Luxor!
Imogen_S, May 2022
Private Full-Day Tour Luxor from Hurghada
Mahmoud picked us up in his air conditioned car, he was very friendly and spoke good English.
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Don't miss this one
Elaine_S, May 2022
Luxor Day Tour from Hurghada, El Gouna Small group with the top operator
All English group and just 6 of us which made it more personal.
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A Good Duo
Santae_R, Mar 2022
Day Tour to Cairo from Hurghada By Bus
Very good way to see both Cairo/Giza when in Hurghada.
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All about Hurghada

When to visit

Hurghada boasts year-round sunshine; when you land here, you’re almost guaranteed a blast of warm, dry air. The period from November to January brings milder (but still sunbathing-perfect) weather with almost no rain, though even hardy swimmers may find the sea chilly. Winter is also when Hurghada’s popular sporting events take place, including the Ironman competition in November and International Fishing Festival in February. Summer and the shoulder season see regular temps above 90°F (32°C).

Getting around

Hurghada doesn’t have much public transportation, largely because most visitors flop at the pool or beach for the duration of their trips. If you want to visit the Marina or Old Town, hop on a hotel shuttle, or do like the locals do and catch a public microbus. These cheap, cheerful (usually white) minivans will collect you and drop you off at the roadside on request. Cabs are also plentiful, but to avoid haggling with drivers who don’t use meters; use Uber or Careem instead.

Traveler tips

If you want to see a slice of authentic Egyptian life, head for the El Dahar souk in old Hurghada. The market is full of ramshackle fruit, vegetable, fish, and meat stalls, as well as colorful trinket and clothes stands, and offers a fascinating insight into locals’ everyday routines. Take Egyptian currency and haggle. While Hurghada is a safe place to travel, you may want to carry two purses or split your cash and cards into two sections, in case you run into pickpockets.

People Also Ask

What is Hurghada famous for?

Hugging Egypt’s Red Sea coastline, Hurghada is known for its hot sun, beaches, and abundant marine life above all else. Beach fans come to tan on its golden sands, while water babes and scuba divers book snorkel and diving trips to encounter the area’s dazzling coral reefs and underwater species.

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Can you visit the pyramids from Hurghada?

Yes, it’s easy to visit Cairo’s Giza pyramids. Popular day trips include cheap-and-cheerful bus tours to Egypt’s capital to view the extraordinary ancient tombs. A more comfortable option is by air; flying to Cairo and back in a day, which allows you more time at Giza and the city’s other sights.

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Which is better Hurghada or Sharm?

Much depends on what you want from your vacation. Both offer great beaches and diving, but Sharm is livelier, with more shops, restaurants, and nightlife—the latter concentrated in Na’ama Bay. Hurghada is quieter, and closer to Cairo and Luxor, letting you squeeze day trips into your Red Sea vacation.

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Is there a dress code in Hurghada?

The dress code in Red Sea resorts, including Hurghada, is less strict than in other places in Egypt. Swimwear is fine for women at the beach and pool; as are shorts in hotel areas, shops, and most restaurants. However, women still need to cover their heads and shoulders if visiting mosques.

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Is Hurghada expensive?

No, Hurghada is pretty budget-friendly. While it’s one of the pricier resorts on Egypt’s Red Sea and boasts numerous upscale hotels; dining out and activities here are still cheaper than say, across the Med. Dinner for two, with wine, at a tourist restaurant will likely come in around US$30, for instance.

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Is Hurghada worth visiting?

Yes. For sun and sea any time of year, Hurghada ticks the boxes. Beach-lovers come to enjoy warm or mild temps from September to May especially, although the heat is oppressive between June-August. Hurghada is also diving heaven, with good visibility and comfortable sea temps particularly during April-May and October-November.

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