Hurghada Egypt Holidays

Previously a sleepy, unassuming fishing village located on the western shores of the Red Sea, today Hurghada is unrecognisable from its humble beginnings. Nowadays you’ll find a bustling, boisterous city sprawling for 24 miles along the coast, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt. Think bars, nightclubs, hotels of every size and shape, restaurants, cafes… everything a large, modern tourist hub needs. A kernel of the old village can be seen in the small town centre, with its bazaars, mosques and markets, where a vestige of Egyptian local life remains.

Hurghada is a great place to look for a budget holiday, as accommodation here tends to be more cheap and cheerful than high end luxury. For a more upmarket, 5-star experience, try the resort of Soma Bay 27 miles south.

The resort is something of a mecca for watersports, with windsurfing, kitesurfing, deep-sea fishing, sailing all popular pursuits. That’s not to forget the scuba diving, which is rated as some of the best in the world. Combine this with quad biking in the Sahara, Bedouin feasts under the stars, boat trips to the secluded Big and Little Gifton islands, camel safaris and a frenetic nightlife scene, and you’ve got quite a holiday!