A guide to things to do in Hurghada

Hurghada is a beautiful resort in Egypt known for chilled-out beaches, spectacular scuba diving spots and heavenly hotels. If you’re hoping to head to an African paradise for some much-needed fun in the sun, Hurghada will hit the jackpot. Whoever you choose as your travel companions, you’re guaranteed to make memories that will last forever will these incredible things to do in Hurghada.

Top things to do in Hurghada

Spend a Day at Orange Bay

Want to relax on a luxurious beach, leaving your sunbed only to paddle in refreshing, clear waters or grab your next cocktail? Hop on a boat and have yourself a day trip to Orange Bay. The dreamy scenes at this beach could rival the likes of the Caribbean and Bora Bora. You’ll find the softest sands here are just perfect for sunbathing, and the shallow waters are the ideal playing spot if you’re travelling with little ones. You’ll never tire of the spectacular views and tropical vibes at Orange Bay.

Snorkelling in Makadi Bay

Egypt has long been known for its impressive snorkelling and scuba diving spots. The Red Sea is alive with all kinds of creatures, from tropical fish and manta rays to sea turtles and over 300 species of coral. If you love being in the water and want to discover Egypt’s sea life for yourself, we’d recommend heading to Makadi Bay. This long, sandy beach is a great base for a snorkelling trip, and the wonders you’ll see are seriously spectacular.

Things to do with kids in Hurghada

Makadi Water World

Makadi Water World is one of the best things to do as a family in Hurghada because it’s a day full of fun for everyone. It’s the biggest waterpark in the area and there’s over 50 different shoots, flumes and rides. Hit the family ride and all climb into the rubber raft before whooshing down the open-air tube and making a splash in the landing pool. Or, if you’re a daring thrill-seeker head to Kamikaze for a drop that will take your breath away. Plummet down the 95m slide and see if you can catch the view before you’re at the bottom. There’s plenty of attractions for little ones too, including a mini splash park and children’s slides.

Glass bottom boat

As you know, the waters of the Red Sea are dazzling with vibrant fish and coral reefs. If you’re not feeling brave enough to throw on a wetsuit and go diving, a ride on a glass-bottom boat is a fabulous way to see what lies beneath the waves – and it’s the best way to get all the family involved. You’ll find many boat tours that give you breathtaking panoramic views, with varying times and prices. When you’re in one of the world’s sea life hot spots, it’s a must!

Things to do as a couple in Hurghada

Desert safari

If you love a bit of adventure and thrill seeking together this should be number 1 on your to do in Hurghada itinerary. This spectacular destination is surrounded by miles of rolling desert just waiting to be explored and how better to explore than on a safari? You’ll love jumping on board a desert safari, where you’ll follow a trail of quad bikes or ride in a chunky 4×4 over colossal dunes and vast plains. The Egyptian desert is like a whole other world, and taking a trip out to it is high up on our list of things to do in Hurghada – and should be on yours too.

Hurghada marina

If you like exploring local bars and restaurants when you’re on holiday, you’ll be delighted by Hurghada’s marina. A sweeping promenade is dotted with restaurants and bars, so it’s easy to find somewhere for a drink or bite to eat with a picturesque view of nearby boats bobbing in the water. The marina may be quite small, but it’s a fabulous place to go if you want a change of scenery from your hotel. You’ll find it to be particularly romantic in this part of Hurghada as the sun sets so it’s one of the best things to do in Hurghada for a couple. It’s the perfect setting for a special occasion. 

Things to do for free in Hurghada

Visit The Mosque El Mina Masjid

The mesmerising Mosque El Mina Masjid is one of the most radiant and beautiful mosques in Egypt. It sits in the heart of Hurghada, not far from the marina, and towers above the surrounding city. The mosque’s magnificent white marble exterior has drawn tourists to come and visit for many years – you’ll see when you get there it’s quite a sight to behold. Whether you go inside the mosque or simply sit outside and take in the view, it’s certainly worthy of a visit on your holiday to Hurghada. Plus, entrance is free so you can enjoy this magnificent site without spending a penny.

Hurghada Old town

Head to the city’s old town and harbour of El Dahar, which began life as a charming fishing village. You’ll enjoy a day without the tourist crowds, visit the fish markets, stroll through the streets and watch as locals mill around smoking shisha. You don’t have to take out your wallet all day – simply take in the sights. But, if you choose to, there are cafes and restaurants all around, as well as a bazaar packed with shops. 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. After dark, Hurghada Old Town transforms, and it’s definitely a sight to see.