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Home to a plethora of resorts, the area of Hurghada on the Egyptian Red Sea is a mecca for tourists looking to dive and snorkel in the clear blue waters.
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.
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