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The area has something to offer everyone, with the old bazaars mixing with the modern boutiques...
At just over a five-hour flight from the UK and with an abundance of self-contained hotels, Hurghada is perfect for the family market.
If your main aim during a holiday is to experience the wealth of diving sites, then you won't be disappointed. With stunning coral reefs and huge shoals of tropical fish, there'll be something to amaze even the most experienced of divers. Most of the hotels in Hurghada have on-site dive schools or can arrange lessons and equipment for you. Whatever your level, there's an area for you, with easy access to snorkelling at Sharm El Naga as well as the opportunity to explore around Shadwan Island for the more advanced diver.
When you fancy a break from diving, why not head into the Sahara desert on quad bikes or take a camel ride? It's also a great base for trips to Luxor and Cairo or to take a boat to the stunning Giftun Island Marine National Park. If you want to experience some Egyptian culture then visit the ancient monasteries of St Paul and St Anthony. If you're looking for some luxury and relaxation try out the mineral spas at Safaga.
There is a lively nightlife in Hurghada, with Western influences seen in the foam parties and techno discos. But you can also enjoy the traditional Egyptian belly dancing. For some excellent local fish and seafood, take a trip to the Safaga Port area.
Hurghada is a fantastic place to visit throughout the year. It has mild winters and the Red Sea breeze makes the warm summers less oppressive. For some retail therapy, why not take a trip in July and August for the annual Tourism and Shopping Festival? Or you could go for a picnic Egyptian-style during the Shem al Nessim Festival in April.
From haggling in the ancient bazaars to dancing the night away, Hurghada is a holiday destination for all the family. You can visit the mosques in the old town, followed by a meal in a café or boutique-shopping in the modern resort.
Hurghada hotels are mainly self-contained centres, with activities, entertainment and nightlife for everyone...
The area has a number of popular resorts, including Makadi Bay, which even though popular with tourists remains fairly quiet. Here the stunning scenery is complemented by a more subdued nightlife. El Gouna appeals to the more sophisticated tourist and has a vibrant marina scene. The purpose-built resort of Sahl Hasheesh offers extensive views of the Red Sea and mountains, allowing you to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the area.
There's much more to see and do in Hurghada than sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling...
Get active in Hurghada and see what this part of Egypt has to offer intrepid holidaymakers.
Top five attractions
Makadi Water World
This waterpark has all the key ingredients for a tasty day in the sun: slides, pools, games and plenty of family amenities.
Sinbad Submarine tour
See life beneath the Red Sea without getting wet via these fun submarine trips that tour the coral reefs looking for a host of wonderful fish and marine life.
Take an adrenaline-fuelled journey across the sands of the Egyptian Sahara in a 4x4. Most tour operators then let you whizz about on quad bikes before allowing a look at a Bedouin village, where dinner and traditional dancing usually round off the evening under a canopy of stars.
Snorkelling at Sharm El Naga
This resort, less than an hour south of Hurghada, attracts many holidaymakers looking for a peaceful stay in one of the great hotels. Even if you don't base your break here, you should consider a day trip to check out the fantastic array of coral reefs and fish that live just off the sparkling coastline.
Health tourism is booming in this port town, which is close to Sharm El Naga. The healing properties of the black sands and the mineral springs are renowned for helping skin conditions, though it's a dramatic and beautiful place in which to simply relax and soak up the abundant sunshine.
The resort isn't renowned for its calendar of events, but there are a few interesting celebrations throughout the year...
If you're in Hurghada when these events take place, do wander along and check them out - you'll receive a warm welcome from the locals.
Hurghada International Festival; February: Get your running gear ready (or simply watch and cheer on the competitors) as Hurghada welcomes this annual sporting extravaganza, which includes a triathlon and a half marathon.
Sham el-Nessim; Easter Monday: Also known as the festival of 'sniffing the breeze', as this is when the scents of spring arrive and locals enjoy a public holiday to rejoice. Many families take a picnic to the beach - you can stock up at a local shop and join in.
Tourism and Shopping Festival; July-August: This nation-wide event sees big discounts on dining and bargains in the shops. You can save a lot of money, though you'll have to be prepared for the heat as summer is sweltering in Egypt.