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Holidays to Hurghada, Egypt

A holiday to Hurghada is a wonderful destination choice for many holidaymakers, thanks to the beautiful sun-sizzling weather, majestic coral reefs and the countless premium hotels sprinkled across the beach. What used to be a sleepy fishing village on the coast of the Red Sea, now offers a host of exciting water sports and adrenaline-pumping activities.

Tourists started flocking here in the 1980s after discovering that Hurghada offers some of the most beautiful reefs in the world. A boat trip sailing over the ocean is the perfect way to spend your day and cool down, or travellers can set up on the beach and enjoy a relaxing break unwinding in the sun. If water isn’t your thing, Hurghada is surrounded by the edge of the Sahara Desert, so you can be adventurous on land with dune buggies and camel rides, or sign yourself up to a thrilling sandboarding adventure.

There’s also easy access to other towns and cities from Hurghada, so you have the opportunity to travel over to the impressive Nile river, Cairo or Luxor – all within one exciting holiday trip. So, why not jet off to this spectacular holiday spot and make memories of your own? Compare trips and book exotic Hurghada holidays today with icelolly.com.

LANGUAGE Arabic
CURRENCY Egyptian Pound
TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +2
FLIGHT TIME 5-6 hrs
COST OF A BEER 23 EG£
3 COURSE MEAL 100 EG£
  • Wondrous Water Sports

    Watersports are the best way to cool down on a sizzling summer’s day, and Hurghada offers a pool of splash-tastic activities to enjoy. Scuba dive around the coral reefs (which hem the Egyptian coast) to see the colourful corals and fish that swim in out of this underwater phenomenon. There are plenty of things to get up to above the water too, from kitesurfing, parasailing and sea kayaking to surfing.

  • Daring Desert Exploration

    Hurghada’s deserts provide a unique gem that many beach holidays can’t quite offer you, and there are many ways you can traverse the desert and explore this immersive and magical landscape. Take a tour of the Arabian desert via quad bike, jump on a jeep adventure or ride across the sands by camel. Hurghada really does offer so many exhilarating ways to travel across this beautiful terrain and experience the real Egypt.

  • Sea Life Submarine Excursions

    See colorful fish, peaceful dolphins, and other magical sea creatures up close, on exciting submarine excursions here. If you want to experience the infamous underwater wonders on your Hurghada holiday but don’t want to take a dip, embark on a semi-submarine excursion. In the base of these vessels, there are windows with comfortable tables and seating, so you can peer out into the deep blue ocean.

Activities

On a holiday to Hurghada, you won’t be short of thrilling activities to explore, discover and embark on. Enjoy sun-soaked water sports adventures like kitesurfing, wakeboarding, jet skiing and scuba diving, or take organised trips over to the magical Arabian desert, where you and your holiday party can truly immerse yourself in this barren beauty.

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Desert Safari

There are many tour operators in Hurghada offering desert safaris, which one you choose depends on your preferred mode of transport. A popular choice is by quad bike as it adds to the fun of the journey and is an exhilarating way to travel.

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Dolphin World

The one-hour show at Dolphin World in Makadi Bay is definitely something that you shouldn’t miss during your holiday to Hurghada. On arrival, you will be able to spend some time looking around the Dolphinarium…

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Beaches

Hurghada has a fantastic reputation as a beach destination, since the city rests along a bustling coast, lined with sandy shores and scenic hotels right on your doorstep. The beaches dotted along the coast here feature fine white sands and sparkling turquoise waters (which are always warm in the peak seasons), making this destination the perfect place to relax, while admiring the stunning surrounding scenery.

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Dream Beach

Hurghada’s beautiful coastline has a mixture of public and privately-run beaches. Dream Beach is a public beach but unless you are a guest at one of the hotels, you will need to pay a daily charge to use it. This is usually the case…

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Mahmya Beach

The beautiful Mahmya Beach is located on the southern shore of Giftun Island’s National Park, just a short boat ride away from Hurghada. In order to protect the coral reef and its marine life, the boats moor at buoys located a short stop away…

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Food and Drink

The delicious Egyptian food available in Hurghada is one of the main reasons travellers visit this magical destination, time and time again. Get stuck in and eat your way around Hurghada. Feast on a delicious mix of Mediterranean cuisine, shawarma, kofta, kebabs, lentils and pasta, all accompanied with delicately cooked meats. Cheese is also an Egyptian speciality and Kushari is a nationally renowned dish you have to try, as well as falafel.

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Café Berlin and Restaurant

The Café Berlin and Restaurant with its attractive decor and cosy atmosphere has a lovely view of the Marina in Hurghada. Serving a good selection of well cooked, tasty meals, salads and snacks, the café offers excellent value for money.

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Grill & Chill Restaurant

The Grill and Chill, located on Marina Boulevard overlooking the harbour, offers its customers a barbeque-style eating experience. The charcoal grill used for cooking the meals is actually outside, so you can watch the chef preparing the steak, burger, fish or whatever else you have ordered right in front of you.

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Sights

There are a host of ancient sights and modern wonders to visit on Hurghada holidays. Start with the Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda, and admire the old stained glass windows within this incense-filled church. Then, stop by the towering monastery of St Anthony, nestled in an oasis in the Arabian desert. Not forgetting the epic sand sculptures at Sand City, providing a truly memorable and unique sight to discover.

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Al Mina Mosque

Al Mina (or El Mina) Mosque was built in 1968 and is the largest mosque in the city. This mosque cost 20-million pounds to build and sits next to the marina at Hurghada, right on the waterfront.

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Arrival Piazza

The Arrival Piazza is an elegant, open-air square with a central fountain surrounded by ornate and traditional buildings leading down to the sea. The whole area is beautifully designed and extremely stylish, with its arabesque…

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