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Hurghada Hurghada
Photo by Victor Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt

Hurghada is 372 km (231 miles) from Suez. Hurghada's name, in Arabic, is Gharadaka (pronounced Gharda'a). It was named by locals because of the shrubs growing there. It is indeed the pearl of this region.

In recent years, and thanks to the continuing hotel construction boom, Hurghada's importance as a recreational resort emphasized, not only in Egypt but among its counterparts in the world.

The town is ideal for diving, snorkeling, swimming, windsurfing and fishing. In addition of being populated, the city became a major destination for Egyptian tourists along with foreigners. The city offers lots of suitable places for budget travelers. Hurghada is rich in creatures whether in land or in sea.

For devoted swimmers, the beach of Shedwan, north of the city offers a good and clean beach. There is also a public beach next to the Sheraton hotel, though lacks facilities like baths and is usually overrun by local tourists. A lot of resorts/hotels offer their beaches for non-resident guests for minimal charges.

For diving and snorkeling, you can hire or buy equipment from many of the downtown centers. Hurghada has also many places suitable for underwater sports. Magawish and Moon Valley villages offer fringing coral reefs.

The Giftun Island located 2 km (1.2 miles) south of Hurghada offers a comprehensive recreation option. It is optimal for those who want to snorkel, swim, dive and sunbathe in one place. Day trips to the island are organized by some hotels and resorts. A trip includes a fish lunch by the beach. Protect yourself against the burning sun by taking sunblock, hats and T-Shirts.

For fishing fanciers, Hurghada hosts an annual fishing tournament. You can check with the Egyptian Tourism Authority to know more details and dates.

You can also visit Hurghada's museum of marine biology and aquarium. It is about 5 km (3 miles) north of the city. It has fine and interesting collections of flora and fauna of the Red Sea.

Desert safarisWhat does it mean? inland from Hurghada is possible and could be arranged by some organizers. The best suitable places for safaris are Mons Claudianus and Mons Porphyrites, sites of Roman quarries, and have also remains of structures that date back to the Roman era.

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