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Hurghada

Hurghada Holidays

Hurghada is an exciting and vibrant holiday region offering an expansive stretch of shore on the west coast of the Red Sea Riviera. With year-round sunshine and a plethora of white-sand beaches, Hurghada holidays take you to a perfect corner of Egypt where you can explore the country's ancient history and culture.

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The capital of the Red Sea Riviera

Just five hours flight time from the UK, the white-sand beaches of the Hurghada region are nestled against the Red Sea, rich with some of the best dive sites in the world. On the other side is the secluded desert, offering visitors plenty of adventure on their cheap Hurghada holidays. From topping up your tan along the coast to exploring colourful underwater reefs, you'll find yourself surrounded by natural beauty and exciting sites waiting to be discovered.

Boasting a year-round dry and temperate climate, average temperatures throughout the year stay well into the 30s, making it the ideal spot for a winter retreat. Families will relish in day trips to the waterpark and aquarium, while little ones won't miss out on the dazzling marine life as you board a glass-bottomed boat and explore the coral lined coast.

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Beaches, beaches and more beaches

Most hotels along the scenic coastline offer untouched, private beaches for those booking All inclusive Hurghada holidays. In the popular resort of Sahl Hasheesh you'll find exciting coral reefs, calm water and sugar-fine sands. Whereas, the luxurious shoreline of Soma Bay offers all manner of watersports, a golf course and a stylish marina.

Makadi Bay is one of the most popular stretches of sand in south Hurghada. Thatched umbrellas and sunloungers line the beautiful sand, which shelves gently into the iridescent ocean, making it perfect for paddling. The entrance charge is just over £2 which secures you an umbrella, sunlounger and access to the watersports centre, restaurants and bars.

Wherever you decide to settle for the day, you're guaranteed spectacular ocean views with wide expanses of white sand.

Lots to do in the city

At the heart of the region, Hurghada is a city where ancient and modern worlds merge. In the north of the city, the old quarter gives you a taste of untouched Egypt with mosques, bazaars and maze-like streets abound. Meanwhile, down by the marina you'll be met with luxurious yachts and boutique stores.

The popular city offers an exciting range of nightlife from quaint local restaurants to buzzing open-air nightclubs along the marina. Located close to the Red Sea, it's no wonder seafood plays a large part in the local cuisine and you'll find many restaurants offering a fresh catch of the day. But it's not all swordfish and seafood soup, the bustling streets are teeming with restaurants and cafes serving up international and local cuisine in equal measure.

Live like Lawrence of Arabia

No trip to Egypt would be complete without a trip to the rolling sand dunes of the Sahara. With its close proximity from Hurghada resorts, you can traverse the arid landscape of the eastern desert in a day and be back in the comfort of your hotel room by nightfall.

Zoom across the sand on off-road 4x4s and quad bikes or take the more traditional route and climb aboard a camel. Home to the Bedouin tribe, many organised tours offer excursions to nomadic tented camps where you can meet traditional tribespeople and observe their fascinating lifestyle.

Retreat to a deserted island

Hopping on a boat to the tropical Giftun Islands will feel like you've landed in the Maldives, but don't worry, you're definitely still in Egypt. Here you can spot turtles and colourful fish in the clear blue water as you enjoy the 45-minute boat ride across the Red Sea.

Once there, unwind on the warm, sugar-fine sand before dipping your toes in the inviting transparent sea where you'll be met with magnificent dive sites, coral reefs and the playful dolphins. While the islands exude an air of Robinson Crusoe, you won't be totally deserted and the little huts offering refreshments are welcomed in the midday heat.

Explore the underwater world

Containing some of the best dive sites in the world, the coast around Hurghada comes complete with World War II wrecks and rich coral reefs. Swim with wild dolphins at the the huge, horse-shaped reef, Shaab El Erg or explore the sunken coral covered cargo ship at Rosalie Moller where you'll meet barracuda, grouper and the occasional reef shark.

If you've never dived before, professional scuba centres can help you secure your PADI qualification, enabling you to explore this exciting underwater world. Snorkelling tours are also readily available, and are the perfect opportunity for exploring beautiful and shallow coral gardens.