• The Holiday Bug


Updated: Aug 6, 2018

One of the most popular holiday destinations in Egypt, Hurghada was once a fishing village which has now been transformed into a holiday hot spot. With beautiful long sandy beaches and crystal clear waters which are home to some of the best coral reefs, you are sure to find a holiday to suit your needs. Flights from the UK to Hurghada take approx five and half hours. Return flights approx 6 hours. Transfers to different hotels vary but we have given guidelines below.

The main holiday hot spots are

  • Hurghada Town/Sahl Hasheesh

  • Makadi Bay

  • El Gouna

  • Marsa Alam

Hotels in the Hurghada town area are a short transfer of about 20 minutes from the airport. You can book hotels in the Sakala area if you want to be near to the town itself, or look for the hotels in the Sahl Hasheesh region if you want to be on the outskirts of the town. Access to local shops is easy, ideal for getting your holiday bargains (make sure you haggle), Sheraton Street, the main shopping area is close and the marina is also nearby. The Senzo Mall shopping centre is also in the Sahl Hasheesh area, here you'll find fixed price shopping and a large supermarket called Spinneys.

Makadi Bay is a little further south and approx. 30 minutes transfer from the airport, a quieter area with less hotels and shops but perfect for a relaxing holiday. Makadi Bay is often promoted for it's house reefs that can be found off the hotel beachfronts and it's golf course. If you're looking for a quiet holiday without the town hustle and bustle, Makadi Bay is an ideal choice, other than hotel entertainment, nightlife takes a back seat in this area. You can book a taxi to Hurghada Town if you fancy a day/evening out.

El Gouna is a modern resort home to private housing, shops, bars, restaurants, marina, golf course and beach all in a unique upmarket resort. The area was purpose built and everything is man made to give an impression of luxury. Surrounded by waterways, El Gouna gives you the chance to relax in a beautiful marina area with its own private beaches. Slightly further away from Hurghada Town, El Gouna is approx. 35 minutes transfer.

Marsa Alam is a relatively new Red Sea holiday destination, renowned for its beautiful beaches and coral reefs it is a favourite for scuba divers. If you want a diving holiday that gives you a good opportunity to see dugongs (sea cows), turtles and a multitude of coral reefs, Marsa alam ticks the box. You are also close to Wadi el-Gemal National Park, which is south of the town, providing access to the desert, seagrass beds, reefs and islands. Transfers to Marsa Alam are approx. 3 hours.

Visit our 'adventures 'page to get an insight into some of the trips available in Hurghada or click this link for a list of 10 things to do in Hughada

Two trips not to be missed are Swimming with Dolphins and one of the Island trips. Click on the links to get more details.

We have provided reviews of the hotels we have stayed at and you can read these here: Hotels and Resorts Of course everybody wants different things from their holidays and we recommend you decide on the area you want to visit and the choose what facilities you want from your hotel. Many of the hotels are on the beachfront with access to private beach areas but do check this as some resorts are located further inland and offer a bus service to the beach. Whilst some have small water parks, spa centres and A la Carte restaurants that are part of the package, you need to check the individual hotel facilities carefully to make sure these are included in the price. You can buy day tickets for water parks if you want a day out.

For more information on Hurghada and useful tips for travellers including monies, visas, tipping etc., click here Culture and Etiquette

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