I was amazed by the fact that Hurghada has over one million inhabitants. It is very fast growing town completely in a huge construction works, except for the main street where baazar and most of the restaurants are situated. Visiting city centre and strolling around during a day is like a suicide. The temperature is rising up over 40 C degrees and with dust, sand and dirth all over it makes very dangerous combination.
Fondest memory: On my way from the airport to hotel, with the bus, I haven't seen anything anything attractive or a must see. My only visit to a city centre was day or two before my departure to Kenya. Hurghada is unattractive and very dirthy place and I didn't like it at all.
Hosni Mubarak is no more!!!
After the Arabic spring the Egyptian autocratic system collapsed and Mubarak was imprisoned and ready for trail.
At this moment elections took place and the Islamic party is the great winner in Egypt.
That is the one and only way the electricity is provided for Hurghada. It is realy good thing as that area is well known as the windy one.
The water in the tabs come from the red sea. They have the tehnology to turn the salted water into the tehnical one that can beused for everything but drinking.
There is a spot in the desert near Hurghada where fatarmogana can be seen almost every day. I was lucky as it was very "good day" for it-the picture was very clear.
Fondest memory: I could've sworn that I was seeing the real water. It was unbelevable, especialy if you are first time in the desert like I was !!!
Enlarge the picture, even the reflection of the rocks can be seen!!!
Hurghada stretches for about 40 km along the seashore, and it doesn't reach far into the surrounding desert. The resort is a destination for package holiday tourists from Europe, notably Russians, Czechs and Germans.
Today Hurghada counts 40,000 inhabitants and is divided into three parts: Downtown (El Dahar) is the old part. Sekalla is the modern part, and El Korra Road is the most modern part. Sakkala is the relatively modest hotel quarter. Dahar is where the town's largest bazaar, the post office and the long-distance bus station are situated. Many restaurants, bars and shops, small pubs and internet cafes are available all over Hurghada.
Since the 1980s has been continually enlarged by American, European and Arab investors to become the leading bathing resort on the Red Sea. Holiday villages and first class hotels provide excellent aquatic sport facilities for sail boarders, yachtsmen, scuba divers and snorklers.
Now, with it's crystal clear water, untouched reefs and a multitude of ship wrecks, it has become one of the best Egyptian tourist destinations.
Hurghada can satisfy the needs of every visitor, from scuba diving to windsurfing to desert safaris with more than 20 km of hotels along the beach.
One can choose one from 200 Hotels (from the finest 5 Star Hotels to simple Guest Houses).
Hurghada is world renowned as a center for some of the world's best Diving. Within a couple of hours from your hotel you can be amongst a group of islands that are the home to Dive Sites guaranteed to astound even the most experienced divers.
Hurghada, known in Egypt as Ghardaga, was at one time just a simple fishing village. Almost nobody knew this place 30 years ago in 1970th.
British have paid attention to Hurghada first. They searched for oil there a and small fishing settlement became known to oilmen owing to these searches.
First Soviet "tourists" appeared in Hurghada in 1960-70th. Then Egypt and Israel were at enmity rigidly. After capture by Israel of Sinai Hurghada has turned to the important strategic military object. The Soviet experts helped Egyptians to create there a military base and airdrome. Transformation of Hurghada in a resort has begun after Camp-David's peace agreements (1978). The former military air base has played the important role in transformation.
The chief of local military garrison obtained investments from the government and succeeded in this business. Therefore tourists from Russia and countries of the former USSR are always welcome in Hurghada.
The sun is the second advantage of Hurghada which attracts thousands of tourists from over the world. If you don’t want to spend your holidays in summer – Hurghada is one of the best choices in autumn, winter and spring.
I arrived there on April, 14. We had +5 in Moscow then. Hurghada met me with +25 of air and +22 of water! When I departed on April, 22 it was +30 of air and +25 of water. Even in winter months the air temperature doesn’t fall below +20, and water temperature – below +18.
That’s why Hurghada is good for those who want to warm their bodies frozen in winter!
Hurghada is situated on the beach of the Red Sea. It is its main advantage defining tourist value.
Red Sea is a direct translation of the Greek Erythra Thalassa. Sure the name of the sea does not indicate the color of the water since it is not red in color. It may signify the seasonal blooms of the red-colored cyanobacteria Trichodesmium erythraeum near the water surface. I didn’t see these blooms and few people did I think.
But the sea is famous by its reef systems. Many people come there to observe them and rich underwater world. The main reasons for the better development of reef systems along the Red Sea is because of its greater depths and an efficient water circulation pattern.
The Red Sea is one of the most saline water bodies in the world. You may swim almost without any motion. I enjoyed this way of swimming very much (though I’m not fat).
In general tide ranges are about 0.6 m in Hurghada. Then water recedes on 10 meters from coast.
Persistent north-west winds are dominated with speeds ranging between 7 and 12 km per hr. It’s pleasant in summer but not in winter. Average surface water temperature of the Red Sea during the summer is about 26°C.
The Red Sea was "discovered" as a diving destination by Hans Hass in the 1950s, and by Jacques-Yves Cousteau later. Surface water temperatures remain relatively constant at 70–77 °F (21–25 °C) and temperature and visibility remain good to around 660 feet (200 m), but the sea is known for its strong winds and tricky local currents. The Red Sea has a salinity that is greater than the world average.
Fondest memory: Picasso Fish and coral reefs
Favorite thing: The sea in Hurghada is VERY clean and transparent, it is said to be the clearest sea in the world, also the warmest. The colour can vary from turquoise, over green to all shades of blue, indigo to aquamarine, dark blue or sky blue... it's an entire parade of colours and shine!
Egyptian people are very friendly, and our group of friends who stayed at Sun&SEa befriended the waitor of the hotel, we taught him some Serbian, made jokes...
Some people can be annoying, but some are really nice, and it's really great to chit chat and laugh!
We had fun on the beach, so here is a shot! Ljiljana, Nabil (the waiter), Ivana and Dusan are in the front row, Dragan and I are behind.
Yes, Egyptians are masters in using their historical inheratage to sell us anything. I was amazed when I saw the picture of Nefertiti on the butter in hotel! Or Cleopathra cigarettes!
Unfortunatly, I never got to know what is behind this wall, but you can clearly see that this sight is a copy of something that looks ancient. It's enough for tourist to stop by and have a photo beside it.
You definitly must have the picture taken here, because otherwise WHO WOULD BELIEVE YOU'VE BEEN TO HURHGADA (-_-)
Hurghada is divided into 3 districts (quarters): the old district is called Dahar ( Downtown), the new - Sakalla, and the district with hotels - Village Road.
In Dahar is the souq - the market, where you can buy souvenirs, gold, silver, papirus, spices ( very colorfull).
Sakalla is the touristical part of the city. Here are many pubs, restaurants, shops, cafes, discos. There are many tourists the all day and the all night.
The Egyptian currency is the Egyptian Pound (L.E.) and 1 pound is split into 100 Piaster.
Banks and hotels will gladly convert your money into Egyptian Pounds.
They'll have posted the exchange rates that they will use for the conversion.
For example 1 Euro = 7 L.E.
But it's always possible to pay in Dollars and Euros.
They know the colour of money very well.
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