This popular dive site in Hurghada features many coral forests and a dense population of fish, such as tuna, jacks and the occasional hammerhead shark. However, the reef’s fame comes from its large population of giant morays animating its premises. Two coral towers brushing the water surface construct the reef itself. The valley between the two towers is about 16 metres deep, and offers a wide range of dive options, being accessible for both professional divers, as well as less experienced ones.
While most people would expect the sights of mighty mosques, Egypt is also home to some of the most beautiful Coptic churches in the world. Just off the Zafarana Road leading to Beni Suef, some 45 kilometres from Hurghada, visitors will find the monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul, old Christian monasteries dating back to the 4th century AD. Considered the holiest site of the Coptic Church in Egypt, the Monastery of St. Anthony is a large complex encircled by high walls, including a garden, a bakery, chapels and churches, all celebrating Saint Anthony, the father of monasticism. Just a hike through the cliffs of the Galala Al-Qibliya Mountain, tourists will reach St. Paul’s monastery, built by hermits who chose to isolate themselves from the material world.
Dubbed the Big Mosque, this architectural marvel stands tall on its own, offering tourists the unique opportunity of connecting with the culture and daily life of the beach town. With a classic Islamic architectural make-up and an intricate design, this mosque is ideally located between the main street and the ocean. The minarets can be seen from long distances, and its arches, domes and hallways feature delicate carvings details. What’s more, every day, the call to prayer can be heard resonating from within the mosque’s walls.
It’s not just water that Egypt has to offer, as its deserts are equally charming and magical. This organized tour takes brave ones on a 4×4 adventure safari through the missing parts of Egypt: its deserts and oases. Just a one-hour drive by jeep through the desert brings tourists to the starting point of their tour, where they can meet Bedouins, learn about their way of living and witness the fascinating moment when the sun sets over the Egyptian desert, all as they feast on a Bedouin BBQ dinner.
Soaking up the sun and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea is always a good holiday activity, all of which is on offer on this cruise to Giftun Island. Tourists will be collected from their hotels and taken to the port to board a boat bound for the island, on a 45 minute-cruise. Lunch is served on the island, with plenty of free time to explore the surroundings. People can either sit back and soak in the sun, or don the snorkeling gear and explore the fascinating life beneath the waves of the Red Sea.
This fantastic tour offers the possibility to experience the underwater world of the Red Sea without getting wet. People will board the Sinbad Submarine, for a spectacular tour that will take them into the blue world of coral reefs and marine wildlife. The submarine features specially designed windows that maximize the underwater viewing, and provides tourists with an enchanting underwater escape, where they will discover brightly colored tropical fish and other marine creatures.
Evenings in Hurghada are bound to end with a leisure stroll along the Marina Boulevard. Here, multi-million dollar yachts can be seen floating on the majestic Red Sea, while tourists from all over the world remain in awe at the magical sun setting over Egypt’s land and sea. Sun seekers, young and old, can bask in the luxury of the Marina, so this one is definitely a must before settling down in one of the up-scale bars, pubs or cafés nearby.
Locally known as the ‘Alf Layla w Layla’, this event is one that simply can’t be missed on a vacation in Hurghada. Held daily at the open-air theatre of the Fantasia four-star Hotel in the Egyptian resort, this exotic and oriental-showcased event depicts scenes from the legend of the Scheherezade, the times of the Pharaos and ancient cults. The spectacle is preceded by a traditional Egyptian dinner, and the performance is supported by sound and light effects, belly dancers, horse and carriage riders, as well as traditional Nubian music played on drums.
By Andreea Pavaloiu