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Getting to know Hurghada

Where the desert meets the sea, lies the capital of the Red Sea Governorate, Hurghada.
Once a tiny fishing village, it is now over 40km of coastal resorts and spectacular beaches. The Red Sea Riviera has fast become a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities and cultures, yet still manages to hold on to its Egyptian charm.

The permanent summer weather and position on the Red Sea coast, makes Hurghada an ideal central base for those who want to visit the ancient cities of Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel. For the more adventurous, it's the No1 spot for diving, kite surfing, wind surfing, snorkeling, desert safaris and golf. Or, just for some plain and simple relaxation and sunbathing.  (For further information on Hurghada Excursions, and prices, email

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, Sakalla 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, Gad Restaurant.

Popular watering holes include, Retro Pub for numerous TVs for all your sports & fantastic food, Grotto Pub for your live entertainment every night, Caribbean Bar, Agra Roma Cafe, Captain Morgan, Style Bar, 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. (Can alter during Covid19 times)

Snooker and Pool Hall.

Popular watering holes include: Luca's Pub & Grub for live sports and great pub grub, Olies, Stone Bar, Nubian Restaurant, The Heaven, Friends Bar, Grill & Chill, The Amsterdam Bar, Wok Wok.

El Kawther & Intercontinental - 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, down to Intercontinental.

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, Continental, Sunrise Aqua Joy Steigenberger Al Dau, Steigenberger Aqua Magic, Pick Albatross White Beach.

Dream Beach, Mashrabia, Touristic Centre 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, Sphinx Bar, Gad Restaurant, Bulls Restaurant, White Elephant Thai Restaurant, and Little Buddha. In the Intercontinental area, we have Bostan Lounge, fantastic value for money, excellent cuisine, very clean and comfortable surroundings, and many more.
For the kids, there's KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Buffalo Burger, and Gad restaurants.
Activities here include, Sindbad Aqua Park and Submarine, Bowling Centre where you can also play Pool, Snooker and Table Tennis. 
El Dahar
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's Original Aquarium is found here, an easy way to see the Sea Life, without leaving dry land.

Popular watering holes are Juke Box 1, Peanuts Bar, Old School Bar, and more.
Arabia District

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. (Times can change during Covid19)

The Arabia Azur Resort, Sunny Days and Bel Air Resorts are found here, with numerous bazaars, restaurants and coffee shops.

El Gouna

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 Jobo's, White Elephant Thai Restaurant, Tamr Henna, Moods Beach Bar and Restaurant, The Garage, Bartender, Smugglers Arms, San Siro, Cervici, Puddleduck, Irish Pub, and many many more.

Sahl Hasheesh
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 Italian Restaurant, Sailors, Bus Stop, and the many restaurants of Sunrise Romance, which are open to the public.

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