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Hurghada, Egypt: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Hurghada is the capital of the Red Sea Governorate, within Egypt. Until the 80s it was a simple fishing village, but with the tourist boost it has undergone, today the city has become a much desired destination by visitors from all over the world. With almost 80 km of coastline, between crystal clear waters and splendid corals, this location represents a small paradise, where you can indulge in water sports or, more simply, a healthy relaxation.

Here all you need to know about Hurghada, Egypt: where is it, when to go and what to see!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see in and around Hurghada
  5. What to do in Hurghada: excursions and tours
  6. How much does it cost to visit Hurghada? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 200.000
  • Language: Arabic official language, English secondary language
  • Local currency: Egyptian pound (EGP) / € 1,00 = 17,44 EGP
  • Weather: subtropical desert, with mild winters and very hot summers. The average temperature in winter is around 16 °, while in summer the thermometer easily reaches 31 ° - find out more
  • Time zone: GMT + 2 (-1h compared to Italy)
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least 6 months or identity card with residual validity of at least six months (only for tourist trips), compulsory visa to be requested at the airport upon arrival, paying a sum of approximately € 20,00 / 25,00 ..
  • Safety info: Before departure and throughout the journey, keep up to date by consulting the official website of the Farnesina in the Egypt section
  • Closest airports: the Urghada International Airport is 12 km from the city center and is connected to numerous European cities, both with direct flights and with stopovers at the Cairo airport
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Hurghada is a seaside town located in Egypt, a renowned tourist destination and capital of the Red Sea Governorate Its coast extends to the mouth of the Gulf of Suez, which separates north-eastern Africa from the Sinai peninsula, and overlooks the Red Sea.



    How to reach us

    • From Cairo: from Cairo you can reach Hurghada with flights lasting one hour. By land you can travel by bus, in this case the duration of the trip is about 5 hours, or use private transfers (in any case it is advisable to check the adequate travel conditions of the means of transport).

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: the climate in the city is of a subtropical desert type, therefore the climate is mild all year round and during the summer temperatures are reached very high (in the months of July and August they can even exceed 40 °). Precipitation is almost non-existent. The sea temperature allows swimming all year round, dropping to 21 ° in winter and stabilizing at 28 ° in summer
    • Best time: during the month of April and from September to November.
    • Period to avoid: from June to August the temperatures are so high as to make the stay less pleasant, while in winter the sea water is cool, so it is mandatory to wear a wetsuit for diving
    • Advice: in your suitcase you should not miss light clothes to withstand the sultry days, and some heavier clothes if you travel during the winter, since in this period the temperature can drop even 5 ° at night. Better bring some mosquito repellent too. Of course, don't forget everything you need for a perfect day at the beach, such as sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and all the snorkeling equipment

    10 things to see in and around Hurghada

    1. Gota Abu Ramada Island: known as the "Aquarium of the Red Sea", it is one of the islands located in front of the Urghada beach, its depths are among the most photographed in the area
    2. Giftun Island Marine Park: the park has existed since 1955 and consists of 14 diving spots to discover the varied coral reef, with specimens of fish and plants. The island is made up of fine white sand
    3. El Dahar: old part north of the city, where there are numerous shops and where the souk is located, the typical market where you can find many local products
    4. Abu Minqar island and beach: Abu Minqar island is only 20 minutes from the port of Hurghada, the white sand and transparent water make it the ideal place for snorkeling activities
    5. Sharn El Naga Beach: located in Soma Bay, a town 40 km south of Hurghada. The beach is famous for its beautiful red cliffs
    6. Temple of Karnak and Luxor: the temples are located 3 h and 30 min journey by bus (or rental car) from Hurghada, in the area of ​​old Thebes. They can be visited in one day, you just need to pay attention to the opening times of the roads that connect the cities
    7. Sunken City: the submerged city, that is a series of structures, columns and ruins artificially placed under water, which want to evoke an ancient underwater city. It is located in the locality of Sahl Hashees, about 20 km south of the city
    8. Sekala: it is the most modern part of the city, where there are several clubs and discos
    9. El Gouna: city recently built in the desert. Here there are well-organized facilities, where you can play various sports, such as golf, or swim in the pool
    10. Temple of Dendera: in the locality of Qena, a few hours away from the city, stands the Temple dedicated to the goddess of healing, Hathor, built in the late Ptolemaic age, during the reign of Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra VII. The site can be visited in one day, accompanied by a guided tour.

    What to do in Hurghada: excursions and tours

    How much does it cost to visit Hurghada? Prices, offers and advice

    The flight from Italy to Hurghada costs on average just under € 200,00, so the first tip is to check flights periodically, monitoring prices and taking the opportunity to find tickets at lower prices.
    Several Italian travel agencies, then, sell already organized packages, with flight + hotel, which are particularly convenient (starting from € 655,00 per person).

    Among the accommodations mainly luxury hotels and resorts appear, but also hotels and accommodation of intermediate category, especially in the modern area of ​​Sakkala. The price of lunches and dinners, on the other hand, can be relatively expensive, especially drinks are very expensive.

    To move and take trips outside the city you need take buses, the conditions of which must always be checked in advance, before departure (it is not recommended to travel at night). Another possibility for getting around are taxis, with the latter it is recommended to bargain on the fare, but, very often, the hotels themselves organize excursions and guided tours to the most important sites around Hurghada and this is certainly the best solution!



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -
    • starting from € 120,00 -
    • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 648,00 per person -

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