Hurghada

Born out of small fishing village in the eighties the town of Hurghada has exploded in population from a few hundred fisherman and their families into a flourishing town of 50,000 people.  This incredible growth is due entirely to tourism which accounts for more than 90 percent of the Hurghada’s economy.

 

Hurghada is the second most popular tourist area on the Red Sea due in no small parts to it’s wonderful year-round climate, its beautiful crystal clear waters teaming with fish and marine life and the various water-sport activities available around the resort.   Authentic Egyptian life can still be enjoyed, in the small town centre where you’ll discover lively bazaars, cafes, and  mosques.  Inland of Hurghada are the deserts and mountains a tour of which should not be missed.

Hurghada is split into three areas, the old town Dahar, the new town Sakalla and Village Road, the area where all the hotels are.

 

Hurghada hotels

There is a wide range of accommodation available to suit all budgets.  Cheap accommodation can be found in the northern end of town, Ad-Dahar while more expensive hotels can be found in Sigala, the southern part of Hurghada.

 

Hurghada Shopping

Like many shops in Egypt the owners will try and sell you something for more than it’s worth.  If you feel shy or just don’t like to haggle either go to a fixed price shop eg Abu Ashara or prepare to pay through he nose for your souvenir.

 

Like many shops in Egypt the owners will try and sell you something for more than it’s worth.  If you feel shy or just don’t like to haggle either go to a fixed price shop eg Abu Ashara or prepare to pay through he nose for your souvenir.

 

Visit the new Hurghada Marina Boulevard where you’ll find over 100 retail outlets selling a range of big brand names. Alternatively, exploring the streets of Sekalla and Dahar you’ll discover great boutiques, shops and stalls which sell a variety of clothes, souvenirs and basically anything, where you can refine your haggling skills.  A good tip when haggling is to start low around half to third of the price.  If the shop keeper is not giving in too easily then look for flaws and point them out.  If that doesn’t work then try the old “I can get this cheaper or better eslewhere” chat.  If that doesn’t work, feign disinterest and start to leave.  If that doesn’t work you are either being too tight and need to get a hold on the cost of things or the shop keeper is trying to rob you blind.

 

 

Hurghada Entertainment

Hurghada reputation as a party town is well founded and its nightlife is the best in the area with well known nightclubs as Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi Beach Bar and Calypso. Papas Beach Club is well worth going to where you can meet and eat, dance and romance in the open air.

Hurghada has been developed around pleasing the tourists, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sample traditional Egyptian life.  If you are looking for belly dancing and a great nightout stop off at the Alf Leila Wa Leila, thousand and one nights where you can enjoy this sensual dance.  If you are looking for a more traditional Egyptian flavour why not go into one of the many Egyptian Taverns where you can enjoy, with the locals, smoking shisha (apparently it is not bad for you, although I haven’t seen evidence that’s good for you), eat traditional Egyptian food and play board games.

 

Hurghada Weather

Basically the weather in Hurghada can be split into two seasons, winter and summer and can be described in two ways, hot and dry.  Summer in Hurghada is very hot and dry, with temperatures reaching the high 90′s in the months of July, August, September and sometimes into October.  At night there is not really much relief from the heat as the minimum is sitting in the mid 80′s.

 

However, those who have been to the tropics will know that the worst kind of heat is the humid heat where the air seems thick with moisture.  Hurghada, is a dry heat, so it does not seem as oppressive as a holiday in more humid parts of the world, like Florida and Hong Kong.

 

The winter sun can be found in Hurghada and it shines quite hard as well.  In December you can expect maximum temperatures in the region of the high 70′s and lows at night are in the mid 60′s so nothing more than a light jacket.  This makes Hurghada a popular winter sun destination.   As for rain… it doesn’t.  So leave your Kagool at home!

 

Hurghada – Egyptian Visa

An Egyptian Visa is required for Hurghada and this costs £15.  A visa can be obtained at the airport or by post or person via the Egyptian Consulate.  Many people have complained about being ripped off by tour reps, so if you are worried about this then your are probably better to contact the Egyptian Consulate for more information about visas. You should also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months before entering Egypt.

 

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