Hurghada, a beautiful city in Egypt stretched about 30km (22mi) along the sea shore in Egypt, it’s one of the main tourist centers located in Egypt’s Red sea and considered one of Egypt’s top attractions.
The magnificent city hosts thousands of tourists every year from all over the world especially from Europe as many Europeans head to Hurghada in the winter season to spend their Christmas and new year holidays to enjoy Hurghada warm weather, blue skies, sandy beaches and emerald blue water.
The city was founded in the 20th century and it was basically a fishing village inspired its name from a plant that was in ancient Egypt. However, the city later evolved and settled in 1905, Oil was discovered in 1913 in the region under British oil magnates but produced and exported in 1921.During the region of King Farouk a recreational center was built in the city but after President’s Nasser nationalization of Egypt’s industries it was turned over to the armed forces.
Hurghada counts around 248,000 Inhabitants and it’s divided into 5 parts:
The Northern part which is (El Ahia and El Helal), the old part (El Dahr), City center (Sekalla) and finally the modern part (El kawsar). There’s also El Mamsha which is a pedestrian road stretching over 4 km, you can find in El Mamsha many hotels, restaurants and shops.
The city’s major industry is tourism and holds a great value as a natural habitat. Furthermore, Hurghada offers so many activities (water activities) such as Windsurfing, Kite surfing, yachtsmen, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Dive sites can be found around Abu Ramda Island, Fanadir,Giftun kebir and Giftun Soraya as well and There are shipwrecks such as El Mina and the Rosalie Moller. All can be toured.
Beautiful places near to Hurghada:
Sahl Hasheesh is a newly-developed resort located 18 kilometres (11 mi) south of Hurghada on the Red Sea.
El Qoseir is one of the Egyptian gateways, and one of the oldest cities on the western coast of the Red Sea. In the past it was known by various names, such as Thagho in the pharonic period, Leucos Limen (white port in Greek) in the Hellenistic and Ptolemaic period, and Portus Albus in the Roman period. In the Islamic period it was given the name El Qoseir, which means "a small palace or fortress". Located between Hurghada and Marsa Alam, El Quseir used to be an important port. Many people traveled from there to the land of Punt to buy ivory, leather and incense. During the Ottoman and the Islamic periods, Egyptians and Muslims from North Africa traveled from El Quseir as pilgrims to Mecca. It was also the only port importing coffee from Yemen. During the French occupation of Egypt, El Qoseir was the arrival point for Arabs and Muslims from Hegaz coming to fight beside the Mamalic against the French army. The most important sites in El Qoseir are the fort and the water reservoir. The water reservoir was El Qoseir's only source of drinking water 100 years ago.
El Qoseir El Adima is another important site as well. It was the old Roman port where hundreds of amphora and old pottery artifacts were found. Even the police station is located at a historical site. There are now many bazaars here, as well as cafes, coffee shops and restaurants offering sea food. There are several 300-year-old buildings here: the Ottoman fort and the old mosques El Farran, El Qenawi and El Senousi.
A Tourist Resort located 30 km south of Hurghada dedicated only to hotels, shops and clubs. There are no settlements with locals. The place features good sandy beach.
Anemone and clownfish at Sharm El Naga beach
Sharm El Naga
A village, around 40 km (25 mi) south of Hurghada. Its beach contains a beautiful reef cliff.
Soma Bay A tourist resort situated 45 km (28 mi) south of Hurghada, with various hotels including Palm Royale Soma Bay, La Residence des Cascades, Robinson Club, Sheraton (Kempinski – opening August 2008) & Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay ( opened December 7).
Walkway in Hurghada by night.
A privately owned luxury hotel town, about 25 km north of Hurghada. Quiet and clean, the town consists of several islands separated by channels and connected by bridges. Besides 14 hotels and 3 marinas, there are also 2200 private villas and apartments, while many more are under construction. It is promoted by some as Egypt's Venice. It is built on 10 km of beachfront and has unique and diverse architecture.
El Gouna provides diving and watersports centers, horse stables, go-karting, shopping arcades, bazaars, a wide selection of restaurants and bars, night clubs, an internet cafe, four bank branches, many automated teller machines (ATMs), two pharmacies, the El Gouna international school, El Gouna national school, a nursery, a private hospital, three marinas, a library, an airport, one of several casinos on the Red Sea coast, a private radio station, a post office, a museum, real estate offices and an 18-hole golf course designed by Gene Bates with a unique aqua driving range.
A tourist beachfront camp on the protected Giftun island, 45 minutes by boat from Hurghada.
Things to do in Hurghada:
SEA TRIP PANORAMA