Hurghada was once a fairly small and unimposing fishing village located next to the Red Sea.
The city was founded in the early 20th century, and enlarged by Egyptian and foreign investors to become the leading coastal resort on the Red Sea.
It has grown to become the most visited tourist destination in the whole of Egypt, with more than 100 different hotels, many of which line the shoreline.
Holiday villages and hotels provide aquatic sport facilities for windsurfers, kite surfers, yachtsmen, scuba divers and snorkelers. Hurghada is known for its watersports activities, nightlife and warm weather.
Many Europeans have chosen Hurghada for their regular Holidays, especially during the winter season and spend their Christmas and New Year holidays in the city.
Today Hurghada divided into:
El Ahia and El Helal, the northern part;
El Dahar (Downtown) is the old part;
Sekalla is the city center;
El Kawsar is the modern part;
El Memsha (Village road) is pedestrian road.
It acquired its name from a plant which has grown naturally since ancient times. Hurgada’s current major industry is foreign and domestic tourism, owing to its dramatic landscape and long stretches of natural beaches. Its waters are clear and calm for most of the year and it has a variety of activities for those who enjoy the sea and the beach. Activities include scuba-diving, snorkeling around a vibrant and colorful coral reef; boat trips to the unpopulated Big and Little Gifton islands; swimming in the warm sea, windsurfing and parasailing. You can also ride a glass boat (a boat with a glass bottom) where you can see the amazing coral reefs and underwater scenery. You can rid the quad-biking hundreds of miles into the Sahara desert for tea with a Bedouin tribe, then camel-riding across Biblical plains to see remote and ancient wonders.
For a desert adventure, you can also ride motorbikes or beach buggies into the desert.
Hurghada has a subtropical-desert climate with mild-warm winters and hot to very hot summers. Temperatures in the period December–January–February are warm, while November, March and April are comfortably warm. May and October are hot and the period from June to September is very hot.
Makadi Bay:
A Tourist Resort located 30 km south of Hurghada dedicated only to hotels, shops and clubs. Place features good sandy beach.
Sharm El Naga:
A village located 40 km south of Hurghada. Its beach contains a beautiful reef cliff.
Soma Bay:
A tourist resort situated 45 km south of Hurghada, with various hotels.
El Gouna:
A privately owned luxury hotel town, about 25 km north of Hurghada. Quiet and clean, the town consists of several islands separated by channels and connected by bridges. Besides 14 hotels and 3 marinas, there are also 2200 private villas and apartments, while many more are under construction.
El Gouna provides diving and watersports centers, horse stables, go-karting, shopping arcades, bazaars, a wide selection of restaurants and bars, night clubs, an internet cafe, two pharmacies, the El Gouna international school, El Gouna national school, a nursery, a private hospital, three marinas, a library, an airport, one of several casinos on the Red Sea coast, a private radio station, a post office, a museum, real estate offices and an 18-hole golf course designed by Gene Bates with a unique aqua driving range.
El Mahmya:
A tourist beachfront camp on the protected Giftun Island, 45 minutes by boat from Hurghada.