Hurghada Tourist Information
Getting to know Hurghada
Where the desert meets the sea, lies the capital of the Red Sea Governorate, Hurghada.
All this makes Hurghada the most popular resort in Egypt, that is continuously increasing in visitor numbers.
Hurghada is made up of many Districts, so in the following paragraphs, we will try to give you a feel for the different areas you can stay in, or visit, with descriptions and photos. We have also listed some places where we recommend you try out during your vacation. Please feel free to contact us for information.
(If this is your first time to Hurghada, please take note that it is normal to find packed sand roads, with no tarmac. Also, due to recent investment in the area, you will find building work going on all over the city, although to be honest, very little noise from their hand tools. The government is also currently installing pipework for natural gas and sewers, a lot of the roads remain unfinished)
Downtown Sakalla is the lively hub of Hurghada.
By day, it is relatively quiet, as the majority of the guests and visitors, are soaking up the sun on the beaches and around the pool.
At night, Sekalla is hustle and bustle, with all the bazaars, coffee shops, restaurant, bars and nightclubs.
You definitely won't have experienced Hurghada, without a visit here.
Fast food outlets - McDonald's, KFC, Burger King, Gad Restaurant.
Popular watering holes include, Retro Pub, Caribbean Bar, Agra Roma Cafe, Captin Morgan, The Yacht, The Embassy Club, Juke Box 3, Moby Dick, Granada, and many more.
Sakalla also boasts the beautiful New Marina.
Opened in June 2008, there are over 150 outlets.
You should visit here at least twice, as during the day you'll see the fantastic colours of the scenic views, without any crowds.
At night, the Marina comes alive, with its trendy bars, restaurants of all nationalities, coffee shops, beach bars and nightclubs.
There is live music most nights.
Children's play area with bouncy castles and sumo wrestling. Try the rocket bungee, not for the faint of heart.
Popular watering holes include Nubian Restaurant, Papas Bar, The Heaven, and Friends Bar, Papas Beach Club,Grill & Chill, The Amsterdam Bar to name but a few.
El Kawther - Village Road (El Memsha)
This is where you will find the New Esplanada Mall and Promenade.
Fast becoming the most popular area for both living and socializing.
It is situated in El Kawther, and starts from the Marriott Hotel and runs for 5km or more.
It's the newest completed area, where you can have a quiet stroll between its bazaars, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Most of the top hotels are situated in this area, such as Marriott, Hilton, Steigenberger Al Dau, Steigenberger Aqua Magic, Pick Albatross White Beach.
Old Vic and Dream beaches are here, for those of you considering self catering holidays in Hurghada, these are 2 of the most popular beaches for visitors and residents alike.
Popular watering holes along the stretch - Meshmesha Lounge, Zezenia Cafe or Sphinx Bar (Fantastic Food, Friendly Staff, Cold Beer and Cocktails, Great value for money, and Best Shisha in Hurghada), Gad Restaurant, Bulls Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, Cantina, White Elephant Thai Restaurant, and Little Buddha and many many more.
For the kids, there's KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, and Gad restaurants.
Activities here include, Sindbad Aqua Park and Submarine, Bowling Centre where you can also play Pool, Snooker and Table Tennis. In June, they usually hold the World Squash Tournament on the Esplanada Promenade, and there are regular live cultural shows and events.
This was the original fishing village, before the tourists arrived, and remains the true heart of Hurghada. You must visit here to appreciate the true taste and culture of Egypt.
Experience the daily market for all of your fresh produce, including all the small butcher shops, spice shops, and fruit and vegetable stalls.
The old streets are full of Bazaars,local cuisine restaurants, fresh juice shops, cafe/bars, and hotels.
Hurghada Aquarium is found here, an easy way to see the Sea Life, without leaving dry land.
Popular watering holes are JukeBox 1, Peanuts Bar, the lively Color Beach Club, and many more.
Situated between both Sakalla and El Dahar, it's in the ideal place for the best of both worlds.
This is the newly developing area of Hurghada. It is within a 10-15 minute stroll (1km) of Sakalla, and only a 5 minute taxi ride to El Dahar.
The public beach, with its beach bars and long seaside promenade, can be found here. The service here is 24/7 and also has live music and discos.
The Arabia Azur Resort, Sunny Days and Grand Horizon Resorts are found here, with numerous bazaars, restaurants and coffee shops.
This beautiful, purpose-built resort, with its many lagoons and beaches, is known as the Little Venice in Egypt.
It's about 25 minute drive from Hurghada, and boasts a fabulous 18 Hole Golf Course, designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates, that will challenge even the experienced golfer.
And, for the pure spectators out there, the 19th Hole is to die for, with luxurious loungers that overlook the course, where you can get pampered till your heart's content.
Activities here include, Kite Surfing, Wind Surfing, Diving, Horse Riding, Go Karts, Gondola rides, and the usual safaris, etc.
Downtown El Gouna is a bustling square, full of bazaars, bars, coffee shops and international restaurants.
Abu Tig Marina is where you go to chill out and soak up the scenery around this lovely marina with it's international restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutiques.
Popular watering holes are White Elephant Thai Restaurant, Tamr Henna, Moods Beach Bar and Restaurant, The Garage, Bartender, Smugglers Arms, San Siro, Town House, Puddleduck, and many many more.
Situated 20km south of Hurghada. Sahl Hasheesh is a purpose-built, International Community on the Red Sea Riviera.
This community is being developed to encompass the natural beauty of the landscape. Most developments here, enjoy views of both the sea and mountains.
Once finished, there will be numerous Golf courses running between the different communities.
The promenade, runs along the glorious white sands of the beach, and has been constructed to make you believe, that you could actually be in the time of the Pharaohs.
Watering holes - Piazza, Il Gusto, Chez Paul, Bus Stop, and the many restaurants of Premier Romance which are open to the public.