To the South of the city of Hurghada, there is the city of Safaga, to the North, there is the city of Ras Ghareb, the Red Sea to the East, and the Eastern Desert to the West. Hurghada is located around 550 kilometers to the South East of Cairo, 280 kilometers to the North East of Luxor, and 780 kilometers to the South West of Sharm El Sheikh.
Hurghada was established at the beginning of the 20th century. The name Hurghada comes from the word Ghardaq, a name of a tree which was the meeting point of fishermen who used to fish around Hurghada.
At the very beginning, Hurghada consisted of small primitive huts where Bedouins and workers used to live. In 1913 oil was discovered in the area and played a major role in the development of the city.
Today, Hurghada has many several hotels and resorts as it became one of the most favorite touristic destinations in Egypt. In less than 30 years, the city evolved from a simple town to a huge touristic destination. Due to its wonderful beaches and the wonders of the Red Sea, Hurghada is a wonderful place for vacation in Egypt.
The population of Hurghada is now around 150,000 people who work in tourism mainly and many several other activities. Hurghada also became the home of many foreigners who fell in love with the city.
In Hurghada there are several intreseting things to do from cultural activities to fun and adventures. Day Tours to Cairo and Luxor are common activity as you should not miss this cjance to maxmize your Egypt experiene, some tourist go beyond to include a Nile cruise Luxor Aswan with a short visit to Abu Simbel famous temples.
Bedouine tours with desert safaris are present as well, along family friendly activities that suit all family members to Aqaua Park and Fantazia 10001 Nights dinner and show. If you are a sea fan then you would feel yourself in paradise; all snorkeling, diving and water sports are easily booked and handled on spot to Hurghada wonderfull coast on the Red Sea.
Above things to do are just an intro to wonderful list of activities to do while holidaying in Hurghada, check the full list here or contact us for more details.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Egypt is safe country to visit with notable low crime rate, tourist attractions are well secured and there is no common negative attitude towards foreigners, with some sensible precautions and preparations you will feel at home and as safe as you'll ever be.
There is no special dress code when visiting Egypt tourist sites, modest dress is recommended in less tourist sites and there is no special concern for women traveling alone.
Egyptian Arabic is the most commonly spoken language in Egypt, it is also the national language in the country but Egyptians speak and understand English as they study it in school. Fewer Egyptians can speak other languages like French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Egyptians working in tourism sector are accustomed to speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.
Egypt is very connected to the world, it has many direct flights with Africa, Asia, European Union and United States. Visit Cairo Airport website for a full list of Airlines that fly to Egypt.
Duty free allowances on arrival to Egypt are 1L alcohol, 1L perfume, and either 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200g tobacco. Duty free shops are available in Egypt airports and major tourist cities (Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh).
Giza Pyramids and most monuments and Museums in Egypt open between 8 Am to 5 Pm. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.
Shops and stores in Egypt are usually opened from 10 Am to 10 Pm however in major cities it opens much later and some are open 24 hours.
Visitors are welcome in most mosques throughout the year. Modest dress is recommended, women should cover their hair, arms and legs. Both Women and men will remove their shoes before entering.
Taking pictures for people and streets is fine after people permission While Taking pictures for official type or army structures is not permitted. In most historical sites and museums in Egypt it is allowed to use camera, some of them may charge you for camera but at the Egyptian Museum and some similar historical sites it is prohibited and you will be asked to leave camera at reception before entering.
Egypt enjoys big hotel variety from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations; Check in time in most hotels in Egypt is around midday, 12 or 1 PM.
There in no health concerns or vaccinations required to visit Egypt but we recommend to check with your own doctor, he knows you and your medical history best.
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (LE), it is about ,06 to USD. Money exchange is widely available, Credit cards are largely used in Egypt major cities and tourist spots.
We do not recommend the public buses in big cities. Taxi and limousine service are fine every where but price is negotiable. Trains go to all big cities in Egypt except Sinai and the Red Sea. Flights from / to tourist cities are always available.