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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 10 attractions in Hurghada

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Giftun Islands

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
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Hurghada Marina

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
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Hurghada Grand Aquarium

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
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Mahmya Island

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
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Careless Reef

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
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El Dahar (Hurghada Old Town)

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
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Makadi Water World

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
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Hurghada 1,001 Nights (Alf Leila Wa Leila)

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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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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Red Sea

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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Recent reviews from experiences in Hurghada

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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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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 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, or Makadi
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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DO IT! you will not be disppointed
Sharon_C, Mar 2022
Cairo full day trip from Hurghada
We booked this trip from Hurghada to Caira to see the Pyramids as thought we can't go to Egypt without seeing them.
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Excellent with minor issues
Mark_K, Feb 2022
Day Trip to Luxor from Hurghada with Hotel Pickup and Lunch
We recommend not to visit crocodile island as we felt it should not be an attraction due to the animal welfare issues.
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Trip in Luxor
kai_z, Jan 2022
Private Day Tour To Luxor From Marsa alam by private coach.special day
We are really enjoy it and we will come to visit Luxor with him again.
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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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Fully recommended!!
Jose_C, Nov 2021
4-Days Nile Cruise From Aswan To Luxor including Abu Simbel and Hot Air Balloon
Many Thanks to our guide Khaled , he has all the knowledge about all attractions you will visit with him, he always been willing to help us in any way to make you comfortable, never push you to buy anything from the sites we visit and also he helped us to get our tickets from Luxor to Hurghada and drop us to the bus station at the end of the tour...
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Very nice cruise from Luxor to Aswan
Sabbir_C, Sep 2021
4 nights Luxor and Aswan Nile Cruise including Abu Simbel,Air Balloon From Luxor
The best experience was the Air Balloon in Luxor, that was memorable and definitely worth to wake up at 3am to see the sunrise from the sky.
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Incredible experience and customer service!
MICHELLE_B, Aug 2021
4-Days 3-Nights Cruise From Luxor to Aswan including Hot Air Balloon&Abu Simbel
Erase and friendly customer service vegan from booking and continued with the pickup at Luxor airport by our guide Mohamed who speaks very clear English and is very knowledgeable and friendly!
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amazing Tour with great tourguide
Sebastian_W, Aug 2021
Day Tour to Cairo from Hurghada By Bus
we arrived back at our hotel at around 23:30,so you can expect the Trip to take at least 22hours but in our opinion its 100% worth it to do this trip to see the last remaining of the 7 World wonders
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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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