Hurghada is a popular destination in Egypt. And that’s not very strange. The excellent temperatures all year round make it the ideal sun holiday. In addition, you also have the opportunity to soak up a lot of culture and history. Hurghada is therefore the perfect base for a combination of culture and relaxation in Egypt. You can read what you can do in Hurghada here.
What to do in Hurghada?
1 Soaking up the sun
The most popular activity of the many tourists who travel to Hurghada is undoubtedly enjoying the sun. This can be done by the swimming pool of your hotel but also on hot red sea beach. Although we ourselves usually go in search of adventure and action, relaxing and enjoying the sun was also welcome. Smearing with sunburn is definitely recommended here. Disadvantage of relaxing on the coast of the Red Sea are the many sellers of tourist activities.
2 Quad bike through the desert
We ourselves love to ride the quad bike. A trip through the desert was on our bucket list. And despite the high expectations this was even better and more fun than expected. And that was mainly due to the fact that we booked a private tour and did not go along with the tour that you can book in the hotel. In addition, our ride was also a lot cheaper than this one in the hotel. Don’t you believe us? Take a look at Getyourgide yourself.
3 Luxur and Karnak from Hurghada
A trip to the temples of Luxur and Karnak is definitely one of the things you have to do in Hurghada. Because these temples are not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also carry with them a rich and centuries-old history. In addition, a visit to the Valley of the Kings, where tutankhamun’s tomb was found, is certainly advisable.
We ourselves also compared all prices here with each other and the cheapest and most enjoyable way to visit all these archaeological sites is undoubtedly by taxi. You can book these at almost any hotel in Hurghada. Because for the route from Hurghada to Luxor you still need a big three hours. Something that feels even longer and less pleasant with a tour bus. If you travel like us by taxi on your own, you have to be careful that you have enough cash with you. Because at the moment you can’t pay for your tickets with the ticket in Luxor.
Yet another reason why many tourists travel to Hurghada is to (learn) to dive. Due to the many diversity of fauna and flora combined with the clear water, this location is extremely suitable for divers. Don’t you have any experience? No problem because a number of lessons are also possible here. We ourselves have not dived here, but this is rather due to lack of time and the choice of other activities. For the different possibilities you can always take a look at Viator. Some hotels also offer this themselves. For those who don’t dare to dive, snorkelling is a good alternative that is also offered here. The coral reefs in Makadi Bay in Hurghada are still the most in tact and therefore also one of the most beautiful.
5 Sunset and star spotting
Due to the absence of light, especially in the desert, you can spot a lot of stars here when night falls. There are therefore a lot of tour operators who respond to this and offer a tour in the evening. Here you will take a jeep through the desert to watch the sunset. Then spot the stars. A very nice trip! But keep in mind that the jeep safari piece is not immediately relaxing. Someone with back problems manages this activity better. You can book this trip both online and in hotel without a big price difference.
6 Enjoy a spa and massage
Do you really want to relax and enjoy yourself? Then a spa and accompanying massage is really recommended to do in Hurghada. Almost every hotel in the region offers this. You can also book this outside your hotel. But beware! If the price is too good to be true then so is these spas. There are some (cheap) spas to visit where the hygiène is not always good. Looking up some reviews online never hurts.
7 Bedouin camp visit
Bedouins, or otherwise called “the desert dwellers”, actually live in the desert of Egypt. These nomads want to be independent of a country. They do not identify with any nationality, faith or belief. And they are also reluctant to outsiders. It is therefore not advisable to visit a Bedouin village on your own. Nevertheless, you can visit some Bedouin villages where you get a feeling how this population lives. A very nice experience where you often also get a show with dancers and where a barbecue is also possible. This tour can also be booked both in the hotel and online.
8 Mosque El Mina Masjid
Honestly, the city centre of Hurghada is not really spectacular or beautiful and can sometimes come across as a bit crowded and chaotic. And especially because of the many sellers who appeal to you continuously. The only thing really worth doing in Hurghada City itself is the El Mina Masjid Mosque. This mosque is not only imposing from the outside, but is also beautiful on the inside. A visit to the mosque is completely free, but a free contribution is best left here. Women have to wear a robe that you can rent on the spot. That is also an experience in itself.
9 Water activities in Hurghada
With this warm weather, a visit to one of the water theme parks is definitely something to consider. The offer here is great and figuring out which water theme park is closest to your hotel certainly doesn’t hurt. Often a water theme park is also owned by a hotel. In addition, there is also the possibility to do other water activities on the Red Sea such as renting a jet ski. There’s even a submarine you can dive into if you don’t feel like diving yourself. This is also a fun activity for kids.
10 Camel or horse ride
Another unique way to trek through the desert is on horseback or with the camel. Both are possible in Hurghada. Just keep in mind that this is heavier than it looks. Three hours of sitting on a camel is anything but relaxing. And then we preach from our own experience when we tried this one-off in Marrakech. In addition, not every organization is concerned with the animals and unfortunately you can’t always check that in advance. Activities in which animals are central, we prefer to ignore in the future.
What to do in Hurghada
Hurghada is a wonderful destination and because of the many activities that can be done, the region could still delight us despite a few prejudices. We hope you found this list “What to do in Hurghada” interesting. Let us know for sure in the comments below!