When thinking about an Egyptian holiday, the first two things that come to mind are pyramids and sphinx, however, there is a lot more to Egypt than just that. Hurghada’s twenty miles of beachfront, located alongside the Red Sea, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
There are very few beaches in the world that offer sunny days all year round but the beaches in Hurghada receive sun all year around. The weather is precisely the reason why it is so popular for swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling and trekking. If you are not into any of these activities, you can always go boating, which is a forever-popular beach activity.
If you are planning a beach holiday in Hurghada, you would definitely want to do a lot more than just laze around. Don’t forget to slap on some sun block before leaving the hotel, or you might find yourself sunburnt before you know it. Below you will find a comprehensive list of some of the most popular activities among tourists in Hurghada:
- Plan a safari trip to one of the Bedouin villages in the surrounding area, where you will get to meet local tribesmen who ride camels and knead bread. A little preview of suburban life will give you more insight on Egyptian culture than reading dozens of books will. If you are interested, you can visit El Dahar as well, which is not very far away from the beach. The town is popular for street bazaars where you can find jewellery and local delicacies made with fruit and seafood.
- Pay a visit to monasteries of Saint Paul and Saint Anthony, where you can meet monks and take a look at ancient Egyptian libraries. If you have any interest in archaeology, you will certainly enjoy investigating the Roman ruins in the midst of desert sand.
- Go to the Maritime Museum for a close up view of Red Sea’s underwater animals including the famous multi-coloured fish.
- If you in the mood for enjoying a drink or two, go to Hard Rock Café or Ministry of Sound. There are also various pool bars, pubs, shacks and barbecue places right around the beach. You must visit El Gouna for best cafes and restaurants including several international eateries.
- Take out some time for banana boat ride on the Red Sea. Most of the resorts and hotels in the area arrange these rides for families and groups of friends. You don’t have to worry about safety, in fact, you can take your children along too. The boat glides at full speed and splashes water in your face, which makes the entire experience very enjoyable. Banana boat ride is ideally meant for people who find parasailing and wake boarding a bit too challenging.
- Sit in one of the glass bottomed cruising boats and enjoy the underwater scenery that Red Sea offers. The clarity of water will leave you astounded, especially when you get to see the diverse marine life and rich corals.