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A fun and adventurous city, Hurghada is an upcoming tourist destination of Egypt and known as the best resort destination of the Red Sea. Initially a fishing village, Hurghada has been developed over time primarily for tourism purposes and is popularly known for its aquatic sports such as snorkelling, deep sea fishing, sailing, diving and swimming. This is the perfect blend of adventure and experience for the divers as it is home to an exceptional and exclusive underwater garden and the Dancing Dolphins. The Makadi Water World, Jungle Aqua Park and the Marine Biology Museum are all the efforts being maintained to pull in tourists for underwater adventures in the area. Along with primasol Titanic and Sindbad Aqua, there are water parks for family based activities as well with rides like pool jumps and waterslides. Natural high rise points overlooking the desert landscape as well as the coast are along the Anfish Mountain as well as the remaining Red Sea Mountain range. One of the nearby Porphyrite Mountains also has a mine complex preserved since the era of Roman rule over these lands, which had led to excavation of precious stones. The interesting part is that Hurghada has well-adjusted to cater for European appeal of tourism, with a healthy population of clubs for opportunities of nightlife, while resorts and traditional markets in the old downtown region catering for all the shopping needs in the area. Starting from beach barbeques to exotic nights at the clubs and pubs, Hurghada will not disappoint anyone with its lively nightlife. Resorts have their own section of beaches to serve their guests with amenities and services, which including waterboarding, jet-skiing and other underwater sports. Popular beaches like El Gouna, Mahmhya, Sharm El Negah, Makadi and Soma are known to preserve plain white sands and iconic reefs for underwater tours. The desert landscape has its own share of desert safari opportunities like quad biking and dirt biking to nearby villages and towns. Boat tours near Hurghada’s coasts can be arranged to scenic islands like the Shadwan Island, Abu Ramada Island, and the little and big Giftun islands. Old traditional ports in the outskirts of Hurghada have historical value, with one of them even having an Ottoman fort as well as wrecked ships.
Some of the airlines that are providing cheap flights from London (Heathrow) to Hurgada include Egypt Air, Air Berlin, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Kuwait Airways and many more.
Currently there are no airlines that provide direct flights from the UK to Hurghada. There is at least one stop over.
London to Hurghada is 2,434 miles and it takes about 8 hours and 11 minutes.
Hurghada International Airport is the main international gateway to Hurghada. It is situated at a distance of 5 kilometres from the city centre.
The Hurghada International Airport offers its passengers with taxi service which can easily get them to the city centre. The airport taxis are orange and black in colour and can easily be found just outside the Arrivals Hall. Although these taxis are metered however, it is advised to set a rate or bargain one with the driver before getting into the taxi. The shuttle service is also available 24/7.
There is no dedicated bus service; white micro vans operate on certain standard routes for local commute. Otherwise, Taxis can easily get you to where you need to go as they are ample in number and are amply present to cater for all the tourists. For access to the nearby villages and towns towards the desert, there are companies dealing in dirt and quad bikes for tours. Nearby islands beyond the coasts can be accessed with yatch tours, speed boats, both of which can be privately chartered via companies and hotels.
The best time of year to Hurghada is during the months of April and May or October and November. This is because these are the months where rainfall is less and hence poses as the perfect time for diving and other water activities.
Hotels and resorts at Hurghada are primarily bordering the coasts in order to facilitate scenic views and ample amenities along the beaches. Luxury standards are high with numerous European hotel chains as well as global hotel chains present in every major locality. Spas, relaxation areas, sun-lounging areas along the beach, pools, outdoor cafes and restaurants, and even a golf course are some of the top end options to choose from when choosing to splurge in the area. Towards the commercial area in the heart of the urban zone, there are a few hotels established in plazas to cater for general travellers and business community arriving in Hurghada’s towns. A few holiday bread and breakfast rentals are also available, with paying guest services being made available to clients by the foreign owners themselves.