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Hurghada

Travel Guide Africa Egypt Red Sea Coast Hurghada

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Introduction

Hurghada is a resort town on Egypt's eastcoast and is popular among tourists wanting to enjoy sun, beaches and snorkelling and diving. Many people come here on package holidays, but there are options for budget travellers as well.

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Sights and Activities

  • El Gouna - Take a trip north of Hurghada to El Gouna, which is built around an artificial lagoon. The beach is great for kite surfing and sunbathing and is a nice break in the holiday.
  • Sharm el Naga - Go 40 kilometres south of Hurghada to the beach Sharm el Naga, where there are excellent opportunities for snorkeling directly from the beach.
  • The bazaar - The bazaar in the old town, El-Dahar, selling everything from spices to clothes and souvenirs.
  • The Marina - Hurghada Marina with large yachts and many cozy restaurants.
  • Golf - In El Gouna approximately 25 kilometres north of Hurghada is one of Egypt's best golf courses, Steinberger PGA Championship. The track is located in the city and is an elaborate 18-hole course for all players.

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Weather

Hurghada has a hot and dry climate with average daytime temperatures ranging from a pleasant 22 °C from December to February, to a roasting 37 °C in August. Nights average between 11 °C and 27 °C respectively. The average annual amount of rain is just 5 (!!) mm and there's 300 to 400 hours of sunshine each month. Basically, if you want to be sure of a sunny holiday, come here.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max21.5 °C22.6 °C25.2 °C29.1 °C32.9 °C35.3 °C36.2 °C36.1 °C34.3 °C31.1 °C26.8 °C22.7 °C
Avg Min11 °C11.4 °C14 °C17.8 °C21.9 °C24.8 °C26.4 °C26.2 °C24.2 °C20.9 °C16.6 °C12.5 °C
Rainfall0.4 mm0.02 mm0.3 mm1 mm0.04 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm0.6 mm2 mm0.9 mm
Rain Days0.30.20.30.30.200000.20.20.3

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Getting There

By Plane

Hurghada International Airport (HRG) offers a wide range of international flights, as well as domestic services.
The main international cities served include Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Moscow, Kiev, Zürich, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Vienna, London, Geneva, Brussels, Kuwait, Milan, Vienna, Saint Petersburg, Paris an Helsinki, but there are many more options mainly to European cities. Cairo and Alexandria have connections as well.

By Bus

There are regular buses to/from Cairo (7 hours), Alexandria (10 hours), Aswan (8 hours) and Luxor (4 to 5 hours) and there are several bus companies to choose from.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
El Tabia Hotel137 Hurghadahotel75
Golden Rose HotelSheraton Road - El Sakkala square - Hurghada -RedHotel68
Kempinski Hotel Soma BayP.O. Box 15. Red Sea Soma Bayhotel-
La PerlaEl Hadaba Road Sakalla Areahotel-
La Residence Des Cascades Golf Resort& Thalasso CenterP.O. Box 403hotel-
LesRois HotelRed Sea - Hurghada - Egypt El Hadaba El Shamaleya Roadhotel-
Moon Vally Hotel138 Sheraton Street - Elsakala AriaHotel73
Ramoza Hotel140 Sheraton Road, Elsakalahotel-
Roma Hotel135 Sheraton Road - ElhadabaHotel74
Sea View Hotel HurghadaEl Cornish Street Al DaharHotel80
St. Maria Hotel5 Taksim intercontinental Village Roadhotel-
Swiss WellnessCornish (Sheraton) Road P.O.Box 359 Red Seahotel-
The Three Corners Triton Empire HotelRed Sea HurghadaHotel81
The Three Corners Triton Empire InnHospital & Sayed Korrayem St., Hurghada, Red Sea -Hotel-
Luxor Hotel HurghadaSied Korim (Mustashfa) Streete El Dahar Hurghada RHotel73
Three Corners Ocean View ResortAbu Tig Marina El GounaHotel-
Three Corners Rihanna Inn ResortEl Gouna Resort El GounaHotel-
Three Corners Rihanna ResortEl Gouna Red SeaHotel-
Dawar EL Omda El Gouna ResortKafr el GounaHotel-
Arena Inn El Gouna ResortKafr El GounaHotel-
Turtle’s Inn Resort Marina El GounaAbu Tig MarinaHotel-
Ali Pacha ResortAbu Tig MarinaHotel-
Captain's Inn ResortAbu Tig MarinaHotel-
Flamenco Beach ResortEl Quseir - Safaga RoadHotel-
Pyramisa Blue Lagoon ResortRed Sea HurghadaHotel-
Shams safaga Beach Resort8 Safaga RoadHotel-
Three Corners Triton InnHospital & Sayed Korrayem St Hurghada, EgyptHotel-
Three Corners Triton Empire Beach2 Cornish Street Hurghada, EgyptHotel-
Roma Hurghada ResortEl Corniche St., Hurghada Red Sea, EgyptHotel-
4 Seasons HotelEl Dahar Dr. Sayed Koryem Street - infront of EmpireHOTEL80
Hotel Sea WavesCorniche Street, El KayadatHOTEL80
New Cinderella HotelDahar area Cournish streetHOTEL-
Bob Marley Hostelel Dahar, General Hospital streetHOSTEL-
Serenity Makadi HeightsSafaga RoadHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is easy to find and cheap. Most cities, such as Greater Cairo and Luxor, and even smaller tourist sites, such as Edfu, boast a plethora of small internet cafés. The price per hour is usually EGP 2-10 depending on the location/speed. In addition, an increasing number of coffee shops, restaurants, hotel lobbies and other locations now provide free wireless internet access. Free wi-fi (Mobilnil) is also available at modern coffee shops such as Cilantro and Costa Coffee, where you obtain access by getting a 2-hour "promotional" card from the waiter, and if you go into almost any McDonald's, you will have access to a free WiFi connection.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code for Egypt is 20.

Egypt has a reasonably modern telephone service including three GSM mobile service providers. The three mobile phone providers are Mobinil, Vodafone and Etisalat. Principal centers are located at Alexandria, Cairo, Al Mansurah, Ismailia, Suez, and Tanta. Roaming services are provided, although you should check with your service provider. Be aware that using your home SIM card can be very expensive, especially when using internet services but also calling is much more expensive. Try to get a local SIM card for your cell phone instead. Also, it is possible to purchase tourist mobile phone lines for the duration of your stay, which usually costs around EGP 30.

Post

Egypt Post is the national postal service in Egypt. Services are generally reliable, affordable though pretty slow, even if you send post domestically. International letters and postcards take days, if not weeks if send to the US or Australia. They do have express mail services though, but these are relatively expensive. Opening hours of post officies are mostly from 8:30am to 2:00pm or 3:00pm daily except Friday, when all of them are closed. The central ones might keep longer hours, generally until 8:00pm. You can buy stamps here, or at certain newspaper kiosks. In touristic areas, these are available at many shops as well. For parcels, it's much better to use international courier services such as DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 27.2574
  • Longitude: 33.8097

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