Coral reefs and gold-dust sands
With crystal clear waters, golden sands and exotic reefs just off the shore, holidays to Hurghada are ideal for those who love all things beach. Its vibrant centre is home to some excellent shops, restaurants, bars and activities, while the smaller beach resorts on its outskirts are perfect for those wanting to enjoy a tranquil paradise. Couples, groups and families will all love Hurghada with its many activities tempered with opportunities to just sit back and relax.
Those looking to get a taste of the history and culture of the area will enjoy the historic old town, located to the north of the city. Here you can enjoy the narrow, winding streets and stunning mosques, as well as the bazaar. Practice your haggling skills and bag yourself a bargain on food, spices, trinkets and gifts. The marina area is the ideal place for drinks, dinners and sundowners, as well as those wanting to shop in the city’s boutiques.
The second biggest city on the Red Sea in Egypt, Hurghada is home to a fantastic range of luxury activities, bars, restaurants and hotels. Spend your day simply relaxing by the pool or at a swim up bar. Enjoy the soft golden sands of a private beach where you can sit back with a book before taking a cooling dip in the sea. Those who prefer activities can book boat trips, sailing excursions and scuba diving trips.
Egypt is well known for its historic spas. Traditionally the meeting place of women in the city visitors can enjoy the incredible architecture as they take in the mosaics and intricate patterns on the walls. Indulge in massages, hammam and leave your skin exfoliated and ready for a relaxing day of soaking up the sun. Indulge in sun set cruises or make the most of your holiday by relaxing with the whole family.
Flight time from the UK to Egypt is around 5 hours 30 minutes.
There are a number of carriers offering services to Egypt.
Direct Carriers: British Airways and Egyptair all offer direct services from London Heathrow to Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh. Regional departures are available in conjunction with these carriers. Luxor can be reached on Egyptair or on charter or low costcarriers.
Indirect Carriers: KLM offer indirect services via Amsterdam.
Departure Taxes: There is no departure tax when leaving Egypt.
May and June see beach-perfect temperatures reaching the early 30s, while in July and August you can sometimes see the mercury hitting 40 degrees. If you’re a diver, the summer months are a great time to spot manta rays and turtles. October to May is a good time to visit if you like things warm but not too hot – even in January, average highs are in the early 20s.
UK citizens travelling to Egypt require a visa. The visa can be obtained on arrival for US$25 and paid in sterling, US dollars or euros.
Tipping is a way of life in Egypt. Known as baksheesh, here people tip for favours as well as service. So as well as giving to the usual waiters, porters and taxi drivers, in Egypt you might want to tip bathroom attendants, locals who offer directions, people who pose for photos, and so on.
Arabic is the main language in Egypt, with many other languages spoken as well. Most people speak fluent English.