Cheap Flights To Hurghada
Sprawled along the stunning Red Sea Coast and the second largest city in Egypt, Hurghada is the leading coastal resort in the country and entices thousands of visitors from around the world each year. Founded during the early part of the 20th Century and named after a plant, the region remained a small and quaint village until the 1980s, when investors recognised the potential of this beautiful region and subsequently developed the resort. Although the area has been specifically developed with tourism in mind, the once quaint fishing town has retained its charm and character.
Having a subtropical desert climate, Hurghada boasts sizzling temperatures year round and entices visitors with its glorious beaches, coral reefs and attractions. Those who love to shop can expect an abundance of vibrant and colourful markets, huge expansive shopping malls and bargains galore. The region is famed for its selection of cultural and religious festivals where the streets come alive with parades and live music. Visit during the month of February for the Hurghada International Festival, an event spanning 12 days and featuring three sporting disciplines. It is attended by visitors from around the world.
Things To Do
There is no shortage of activities and attractions in this glorious region. Nonetheless, a visit would not be complete without spending time on the beautiful beaches, visiting the cultural and historical sites or bartering in one of the many local markets.
Head to El Gouna Beach, undoubtedly one of the best beaches in the area. Often likened to Venice due to the array of bridges and canals, this fine sandy beach offers the perfect location to bask in the sunshine while sipping a cocktail or two.
- The Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony
Explore the wonderful Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony. The patron saint is also buried at the church which also contains ancient handwritten manuscripts, wall paintings and overnight stays can also be arranged.
- Practice haggling and shop like a local
Grab your purse and head to the Ad-Dahar district. The area houses an array of interesting shops and stalls, selling jewellery, clothing, antiquities and more. Bartering is inevitable and expected, so never accept the first price offered.
Calendar Of Events
The residents of Hurghada are hailed for their impressive selection of locally organised events and festivals. Although many events are religious in nature, sporting and musical events are also hosted throughout the year.
The Hurghada International Festival: The International Festival is hosted in February and spans 12 days in total. The event features a triathlon, half marathon and the 47-mile Mare Monti; an event where competitors from around the world run between the sea and mountains.
The International Fishing Festival: The International Fishing Festival is held in February and attracts dedicated anglers from Egypt and around the world. The event features competitions, workshops and stalls selling angling equipment.
The Egypt Yoga Festival: Hosted in March, this holistic festival features international yoga masters and offers workshops, speeches and sessions. The event focuses on the benefits of yoga and is attended by devotees from around the world.