There's something to suit all holiday-makers in Hurgharda, from budget-conscious travellers looking for a simple guest house, to travellers who desire all the bells and whistles of five star luxury.
It's only around 5 hours in the air, before touching down in a completely different world. Follow the allure of the cobalt coloured Red Sea and go diving to experience sublime natural wonders. Alternately, marinate in the sun on 37 kilometres of immaculate beach.
Generally, flights to Hurgharda can be integrated with a broader itinerary of travel through the Red Sea region, the Nile River, and two to three day trips through the Valley of the Kings. Closer by, there's plenty to see with amazing resorts in the Hurgharda region. Frequent bus services, taxis and private shuttle buses take around 20 minutes to get to the city centre from the terminal.
Hurgharda's prime position on the Red Sea makes it the ultimate place for invigorating the mind, body and soul. Travellers will be hard pressed to find a more vividly beautiful reef and sea environment anywhere in the world.
Hurgharda City Guide
Night-life: There's something for everyone in Hurgharda, from foam parties and gigantic Ministry of Sound beach clubs to traditional Egyptian dinner services and refined Arabic musical performances. Along with this, there are plenty of excellent restaurants serving British favourites and Middle Eastern cuisine.
El Dahar: This is the oldest part of Hurgharda. It's where the majority of locals buy their everyday goods so it's perfect for bargains, souvenirs, and food at cut-price costs. Be prepared to haggle!
Sakkala: A bustling and vibrant shopping strip that's spacious, clean and made for tourists. There's a variety of hotels, cafés, bars and shops, including the popular Papa's Beach Bar.
Water Sports: Other than the popular pursuit of diving, there are plenty of other water sports to enjoy too. Try your hand at sailing, fishing and windsurfing. For the less adventurous there's also pedal boats, canoes and banana loungers to laze around on.
A Treasure Trove of Diving
An abundance of crystal clear waters, vivid coral and shallow water teeming with marine life make Hurgharda a world hot spot for diving. It's possible to forget your troubles completely in this serene underwater world. The area is well equipped with boat tours, equipment hire, diving courses, and tour guides. Don't worry about a wet suit. The water temperature is a balmy 20 degrees during winter and 27 degrees during the summer months. Inexperienced swimmers can still enjoy themselves with guided snorkelling tours through the underwater coral landscape.
Abu Nuhas: Several shipwrecks lay just below the surface, and offer an undersea experience that's hauntingly beautiful. The Giannis ran aground in 1983 while carrying goods to Croatia and Yemen. There's also the 19th Century SS Carnatic wreck, a British steamship that hit the northern edge of a reef in 1969.
Giftun Seghir: The island of Giftun is only reachable by boat and is a protected national park. This is a perennially popular spot for divers of all abilities with some fascinating underwater caves to explore. There are countless charter boats ready to help you to get to the island - choose a smaller one to get more individual attention from the local guide.
Careless Reef: This reef gives divers the unique opportunity get close to semi-tame and oddly beautiful moray eels. There's a steep underwater wall with a sheer drop of 40 metres along with schools of Jack, Tuna and Barracuda floating by.
Thistlegorm: This is the resting place for two German bombers sunk during WWII. Thistlegorm is an unusual way to experience a bit war history. At 30 metres below the surface lies the 126 metre long vessel that still contains a fascinating cargo of military provisions and machinery.
Shaab Um Gamar: This is a smaller dive site that's suitable for divers of all levels of experience. There's an ancient wreck at about 25 metres below and colourful marine life circling through the ancient relics.