Plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight during the early days of the Red Sea’s tourism drive, the tiny fishing village of Hurghada has long since morphed into today’s dense band of concrete which marches relentlessly along the coastline for over 20km. Rampant construction has left the town blighted by half-finished shells of pleasure palaces that were never to be. The coral reefs closest to the shore – which put Hurghada on the international hot-spot map originally – have been degraded by illegal landfill operations and irresponsible reef use. In recent years Hurghada’s star has largely lost its lustre with many travellers migrating to the newer, glossier resorts of El-Gouna and Sharm el-Sheikh.
There is hope on the horizon though. Further offshore there is still superb diving aplenty and local NGOs are now playing a leading role in getting the town to clean up its act while new construction projects are attempting to bring back some of Hurghada’s resort sheen. If you want to combine a diving holiday with the Nile Valley sites, Hurghada is a convenient destination. However, independent travellers might prefer to press on to Dahab in Sinai.
Hurghada destination guides
Bedouin BBQ in the Egyptian Desert by 4x4
Take a 4x4 adventure safari in the missing parts of Egypt, where you can discover the beauty of Egypt's oasis and deserts. Meet Bedouin people and learn about their lives and witness the amazing sunset over the Egyptian desert as you enjoy a BBQ dinner. A one-hour drive by jeep through the desert brings you to the starting point of your tour.
Hurghada Shore Excursion: Quad Biking in the Egyptian Desert from Hurghada
Spend your Hurghada shore excursion in the Egyptian desert on an off-road quad-biking tour! Combine adventure with dramatic desert scenery as you take to the sands on a quad bike (all-terrain vehicle) with the Sinai mountains as your backdrop.