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Hurghada

Things to do in Hurghada

The Hurghada region has a prime location on the Red Sea. This long coastline offers white-sand beaches and incredible coral reefs, making it a very popular area for diving. The city of Hurghada also boasts a historic old town and great nightlife.

Explore the charming old town

If you're planning a holiday in Hurghada, head to the city's old town and harbour of El Dahar, which began life as a charming fishing village. Here you can visit the fish markets, or sit in a traditional cafe where locals mill around smoking shisha. Then head to the bazaar packed with shops to satisfy your purchasing desires. If you've had your eye on a classic Arabian rug, this could be your chance to secure a bargain as bartering is expected here. Otherwise there are plenty of spice, perfume and food stalls to discover. This area is also where you'll find many of the best restaurants and nightlife spots.

Get your watersport gear on

Egypt's sub-tropical desert climate and calm, clear sea makes it an inviting place all year round, especially for those who enjoy a bit of snorkelling or scuba diving. You can take a course, or if you're fully-fledged diver simply hire the equipment that you need.

Dive down into shipwrecks such as El Mina, Rosalie Moller and The Ulysses Wreck. Here you can swim with shoals of fish, keeping your eyes peeled for crocodile fish and seahorses. Alternatively, take a 45-minute boat excursion to the paradise island Gifton, one of the best areas to explore the fantastic coral reef. The birdlife here is also prolific.

Other watersports opportunities include kiteboarding and windsurfing, as well as fishing, sailing and banana boat rides. You might even discover that your hotel has its very own waterpark.

A romantic desert adventure

You won't have to go far to experience blissful Arabian nights, as the Eastern Desert is right on your doorstep, wherever you're staying in the Hurghada region. There are a variety of ways to explore and immerse yourself in this special experience.

Take a 4x4 jeep safari across the desert and over the sand dunes to a Bedouin Camp, then as the sun begins to set, you can enjoy a romantic camel ride. End the evening with a traditional barbecue dinner in tents adorned with decorative Arabian cushions and rugs, and wind down with a shisha. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, try quad bikes instead of a jeep. Or you can hire your own transport and do it yourself.

A vibrant and eclectic nightlife

Following a leisurely dinner in one of many restaurants, the fun doesn't stop in Hurghada. A city known for its great nightlife, there are numerous beach bars, pubs and nightclubs located in and around El Dahar old town and along the magnificent coastline. And it is for this reason many people choose cheap Hurghada holidays.

Watch the sun go down in the relaxed environment of the Caribbean Bar with a palm-thatched terrace that overlooks the sea. Another well-known bar is Hed Kandi – their nights are legendary, hosting weekly pool parties, and monthly Full Moon parties to the sounds of famous DJs.

Located in Hurghada Marina Boulevard is one of the area's most popular venues – Papa Beach Club. Open seven days a week, it's a lively club, with DJs spinning the decks until 4am. If you're after something a bit more traditional there's always the Retro Bar & Pub, a sports pub offering live music on Sunday and Wednesday nights, plus a good selection of cold beers.