Beach in Hurghada with palm trees, sun loungers and straw umbrellas, sea in the background © oleg_p_100/
Beach in Hurghada with palm trees, sun loungers and straw umbrellas, sea and mountains in the background © oleg_p_100/

Hurghada – Caribbean Atmosphere on the Red Sea

Published: 05 January 2024, 09:00

Hurghada delights visitors with its mixture of sunshine, Caribbean-like, palm-lined beaches and numerous leisure activities. The coastal resort on the Red Sea notably attracts water lovers, offering exciting adventures, be it snorkelling or diving in the fascinating underwater world, kitesurfing in the best conditions or swimming in the turquoise waters. But Hurghada is more than just a swimmers’ paradise – you can familiarise yourself with genuine Egyptian life in the Old Town (El Dahar): mosques and authentic bazaars provide exciting insights into Egyptian culture and tradition. In contrast, modern districts, such as Sekalla, offer lively nightlife and shopping, and elegant holiday resorts offer real luxury and comfort for the perfect, relaxing holiday. With its mix of old and new, adventure and relaxation, Hurghada promises unforgettable holiday experiences.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: + 1 hour
  • Population: 195.000
  • Official Language: Arabic
  • Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)

Ten Hurghada highlights

Impressive excursions from Hurghada

Hurghada can be used as a base for exploring numerous special excursion destinations and discovering other sides of Egypt – whether a visit to the pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, swimming with turtles or an adventure-filled desert safari.

Five special excursion destinations

Hurghada from BER

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Hurghada Airport (HRG)

Five travel tips for ...

1. Azure water and colourful underwater world on Sekalla Beach

2. Underwater biodiversity at Makadi Bay

3. Hotspot for divers: Soma Bay

4. The name says it all: Blue Lagoon Beach

5. El Dahar Beach offers numerous water sports

1. National dish: mashi – vegetables, such as aubergine or vine leaves, stuffed with rice and herbs

2. Filling: koshary, a dish made up of lentils, rice, tomatoes and spices

3. Delicious: fattah, rice garnished with tomato sauce and meat on deep-fried bread

4. For those with a sweet tooth: roz bel-laban, the Egyptian version of rice pudding

5. Even more sweet things: basbousa, a semolina cake with orange blossom water or rose water syrup 

1. Directly off the coast of Hurghada: the Giftun Islands with perfect diving and snorkelling conditions

2. Known for its white sandy beaches and turquoise-coloured water: Mahmya Island near Giftun

3. Perfect for visitors seeking peace and quiet – the less touristy Shadwan Island

4. Spectacular coral reefs and diving opportunities: Tiran Island

5. Small but beautiful with an abundance of marine life: Abu Ramada Island

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