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Diving in Hurghada | © Harald D. Wagner/Flickr
Diving in Hurghada | © Harald D. Wagner/Flickr
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The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Hurghada

Picture of Andreea Pavaloiu
Updated: 9 February 2017
The city of Hurghada has year long sunshine, incredible beaches and countless exciting attractions for all ages to explore. Ideally located at the side of the Red Sea, Hurghada makes for a perfect holidaying destination. Here, we take a look at some of the top activities to do when in town…
Diving in Hurghada | © Harald D. Wagner/Flickr
Diving in Hurghada | © Harald D. Wagner/Flickr
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Reef Diving In The Caves Of The Careless Reef

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.

Careless Reef, Giftun Islands, Hurghada, Egypt

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Hurghada Grand Aquarium

For tourists who are not particularly passionate about watersports but still enjoy the beauty of the sea, the Hurghada Grand Aquarium offers an experience of the marine life of the Red Sea. Visitors can get a closer look at the attractive sea life, all well preserved and properly showcased. Just north of the public hospital, the aquarium has a fascinating selection of fish and other marine creatures that will appeal to the the little ones, just as much as to adults.

Hurghada Grand Aquarium, Village Rd. After Magawish Village Resort, Hurghada, Egypt, +20 111 618 1117

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The Red Sea Monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul

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.

The Red Sea Monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul, Egypt

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Abdulmoneim Riadh Mosque

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.

Abdulmoneim Riadh Mosque, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

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The Church of St. Mary

This church was founded in 2008 and is the first evangelical church in the Red Sea. The establishment has already started working with children in need, such as impoverished and sick children, offering them hope, a family and a chance for a better future. With an interesting architecture and a warm atmosphere, this little church in the heart of Hurghada is something you will never expect to experience in Egypt.

The Church of St. Mary, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

Bedouin Barbeque in the Egyptian Desert

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.

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Giftun Island Snokerling Cruise

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.

Giftun Island, Hurghada, Egypt

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Sinbad Submarine under 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.

Sinbad Submarine at the Sinbad Resort, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt, +20 65 3443261

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The Hurghada Marina Boulevard

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.

Hurghada Marina Boulevard, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

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The 1001 Nights Show

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.

1001 Nights Show, Fantasia Hotel, Safaga Road, Magawish, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt, +20 65 3464601

By Andreea Pavaloiu