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When you think of Egypt, do you envision sand dunes and pyramids? You’d be forgiven for admitting it, since the country is well known for its desert landscape and ancient structures. However, there’s a lot more waiting to be discovered when you go on holiday to Hurghada in 2020. This beach resort town extends for 40 kilometres along the Red Sea, which connects Asia and Africa. A traditional fishing village with modern elements thrown in, Hurghada is the second biggest Egyptian metropolis.
It’s possible to fly directly into Hurghada, where an airport, old town and numerous scuba diving hot spots can be found. That's without even mentioning the profusion of nightclubs and restaurants that claim their position in the popular district of Sekalla. So, whether you’re hoping to let your hair down at a beachfront bar or want to embark on a diving excursion around nearby Shadwan Island, you’ll surely be satisfied with your time spent in this coastal-urban paradise.
Your guide to Hurghada holidays
Boat excursions depart from Hurghada multiple times a day in the direction of the Giftun Islands. Draped in white sand, this pristine shoreline provides snorkelling enthusiasts with a chance to witness various fish species in the Red Sea. Hurghada Marina looks out onto the Red Sea and if you visit at sunset, you’ll be tempted to dine inside one of the ocean-facing restaurants.
Diving enthusiasts regularly venture to the Straits of Gubal, where The Thistlegorm wreck rests beneath the ocean surface. Not into diving? Take the tourist submarine and descend 22 metres down into the Red Sea, where shoals of brightly coloured fish glide in between coral clusters.
Natural and artificial beaches can be found in the Hurghada region, with El Gouna being a man-made beach that features bridges and canals. It’s these artificial features that make El Gouna appear somewhat similar to Venice. For a high standard of service, sunbathe on Soma Bay or Mahmya, both of which are located in the south.
Makadi Bay can get pretty crowded in peak season, as can Sahl Hasheesh. Nevertheless, these beaches are worth checking out during your holiday to Hurghada. Fancy spending an afternoon kite surfing? If so, the wind conditions at the port town of Safaga are perfect.