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Family holidays in the Red Sea: Hurghada

Family holidays in the Red Sea: Hurghada

The beautiful Red Sea coast is famous for its clear waters, sandy beaches and fabulous resorts. Despite the recent political climate in Egypt, the resorts of Hurghada remain safe for tourists, and offer families a wonderful way to experience Egypt.

Hurghada is one of the main tourist centres in Egypt, and is the third largest city on the Red Sea coast. Thanks to its stunning natural landscape and temperate climate, it has long been classed as one of the top tourist destinations for visitors wishing to see what the Red Sea has to offer.

The area is filled with many beautiful resorts catering to all tastes and budgets. As is typical for the Red Sea area, it is a fantastic choice for those wishing to indulge in some water sports, and the clear and calm waters means that the entire family can enjoy the many snorkelling and diving activities on offer.

If you're interested in taking a day trip out to a dive site, the sites around Abu Ramada Island, Giftun Kebir and Giftun Soraya are among the most popular, while those seeking adventure can dive down to a shipwreck such as the El Mina or the Rosalie Moller.

What to see and do around Hurghada

Those wishing to explore the area around Hurghada would do well to visit nearby Al Kadima, which is a thriving historical site filled with cafes, restaurants and bazaars, offering an authentic Egyptian experience close to the buzz of the resorts.

Near Hurghada is the privately owned resort town of El Gouna. The town consists of several islands that are connected by bridges, and it makes for a truly stunning location. With new hotels and villas continuously being built, the architecture here is truly unique, and offers tourists something a little different to more typical resorts.

However, all the usual activities and more are available here too, and guests can choose to enjoy diving and other water sports, or indulge in the many shopping arcades, bazaars, nightclubs and restaurants available. With horse stables and go-karting facilities, there's more than enough to keep the entire family entertained.

If you'd rather get away from the hustle and bustle, it's also possible to find something a little more elusive in Hurghada, and that is the stunning tourist beachfront camp on the protected Giftun Island. It takes just 45 minutes to reach the island by boat and enact your own desert island experience.

Overall, Hurghada is a fantastic mix of the old and the new, with the buzz and fireworks of some of the region's top resorts mixed in with the historic and authentic real Egyptian experience. It's an excellent choice of location for those who want something more than a typical resort holiday.

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