Hotels in Hurghada

Hurghada has come a long way from its roots as a peaceful fishing village. Now one of the most popular Red Sea resorts, Hurghada’s beachfront boasts over one hundred hotels. The superb beaches, excellent scuba diving opportunities, and easy transport links to the city of Luxor and the pyramids makes Hurghada a popular choice for anyone seeking an Egyptian beach holiday.

Whether you want to go quad biking in the Sahara desert, cruise to the unspoilt island of Giftun, or just enjoy the lively nightlife of the promenade, there’s something to suit everybody. First you have to decide where to stay. The town is fairly small, but has three distinct areas: Sekalla, El Memsha, and El Dahar.  Each has something different to offer visitors, and all are worth a visit.

Sekalla (Waterfront)

Hurghada’s hotel quarter, Sekalla is where most international tourists base themselves. There are plenty of mid-range and luxury places to stay along the promenade of Sekalla’s long sandy beach, and if you venture inland a block or two there’s plenty of budget accommodation. During the day Sekalla is a great place to top up your tan, go snorkelling, or take a boat tour. There are lots of great shops, too, if you get bored of lying on your beach towel. In the evening the area comes to life with excellent restaurants and trendy bars. The new marina is a lovely place for an evening stroll, and is another hive of activity with plenty of cafes, bars, and nightclubs.

El Memsha

Also known as Village Road, El Memsha is the modern part of Hurghada and is another hotspot for travellers. The area is known for its wide palm tree lined boulevards, which play host to big name hotels, restaurants and a seriously lively party scene. International eateries abound, including a Hard Rock Café, and the area is also home to the famous Little Buddha nightclub. During the day you can try your hand at water sports, or head to a dive centre and explore the beautiful Red Sea coral. There’s a reason that Hurghada is one of the world’s top diving destinations, after all. 

El Dahar (Old Town)

You can get a real taste for local life in the bustling downtown district of Hurghada.  It’s a great place to nab a bargain, and the shops sell everything: from souvenirs and fresh fruit to traditional Islamic clothing. There’s a big souk where you can practice your haggling, and plenty of cheap restaurants serving up local delicacies. The long distance bus station is located in Dahar, if you’re planning any onward travel. Bear in mind that not many people in El Dahar speak English, and it’s a good idea for women to dress respectfully: that means covering your knees and upper arms.

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