A resort city on the eastern coast of Egypt, Hurghada has grown from an unassuming, quiet fishing village to becoming a mecca of sorts for adventure seekers enchanted by the Red Sea to the east and vast expanse of desert to the west. Hurghada also has one of the country’s most impressive beaches, helping to attract thousands of sun-seekers from all over the world. With over 100 hotels to its name, Hurghada has become a destination of choice for anyone wanting to visit the Middle East. Being so close to many natural and historical sites makes it the best place in the country to stay, but it also has enough to keep anyone with a keen interest in the local culture interested with various museums and cafes.
For inner-city driving and going along the main highways to other cities such as Luxor, a hatchback is the best option for both these types of journeys.
Driving in Hurghada
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Important things to note
Some streets in Hurghada don’t actually have names. This makes it hugely important to have a street map of the city handy.
Traffic in the city tends to be concentrated around the airport, which serves millions of passengers every single year.
There are a couple of motorways serving Hurghada. One goes north towards Alexandria while the other goes south.
Highlights & Hotspots
Hurghada’s beach is usually the first port of call for visitors. One of the cleanest in the region, it’s also long so even at the height of summer, there’ll be enough space for you to go and park yourself if wanting to indulge in a spot of sunbathing.
Just off the beach, you could always go scuba diving. It’s hugely popular in Hurghada due to the underwater coral reefs and various species of tropical fish living in the Red Sea, all of which look spectacular up close.
To the west of the city, you’re likely to come across the vast desert. Here, you can go on a buggy ride and explore the sand dunes if you’re in the mood for adventure. You can also go on a camel ride, but you need to look around for people offering them.
In Hurghada’s centre, the Promenade area is a good a place as any to spend an evening. Here, you’ll find restaurants, bars, family-friendly attractions such as bowling alleys and a couple of indoor shopping malls.
Hurghada International Airport is just over three miles from the city centre. As the second busiest airport in Egypt, it serves destinations all over the world, but mainly in other parts of the Middle East and across Europe.
The airport is reachable from the El Nasr road, a dual carriageway which goes north towards the city centre and northern suburbs of Hurghada.