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Situated on the Red Sea, Hurghada was once a small fishing village. Tourism was unknown and the coral reefs had yet to be discovered...
Today it is one of the most popular resorts in Egypt, largely thanks to its stunning beaches and numerous beachfront hotels. It is known as the Egyptian Red Sea gateway and plenty of popular beach resorts such as El Gouna, Makadi Bay and Safaga are easily accessible from this location. If you head a little further south you will also be able to discover the beautiful area of Marsa Alam.
The resort of Hurghada is renowned for supporting water-based activities such as sailing, diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and even fishing. The Red Sea is one of the biggest draws to the area and there are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water and marvel at its wonders.
If diving isn't your thing, you can take a trip on a glass-bottom boat to view the stunning coral reefs that surround the shoreline. Taking a boat trip to the unpopulated islands of Big and Little Giftun is another excursion that is popular with visitors to the region. If you arrange Hurghada car hire you will be able to take a trip to nearby Luxor with all of its spectacular sightseeing opportunities, or visit the Senzo Shopping Mall, which is a fantastic new shopping complex on Airport Road. Gold trading is also thriving in Hurghada.
The resort areas up and down the coast make for excellent days out to try out your diving in different locations or for a change of scenery...
From Marsa Alam and its quiet beaches in the south through to Quesir and Safaga near to Hurghada itself, you'll be spoilt for choice for beaches to sunbathe on and dive from.
Car hire will also allow you to take advantage of desert adventures such as exploring the Sahara in a beach buggy or by camel. You can ride a quad bike into the desert to meet a traditional Bedouin Tribe or marvel at the wonders of the ancient world as you traverse the biblical plains. There are many activities available here that you will find nowhere else on Earth, so don't be tempted to stay in your hotel as you will be missing out on some amazing adventures.
For those looking to head to Luxor or Cairo, it's a long journey and in order to make the most of the sightseeing trip you would be wise to consider an overnight stay.