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Hurghada

Brief
Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century, and until a few years ago, remained a small fishing village. But today, it has gone on to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international center for aquatic sports. If it takes place in or on the water you can do it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but, above all, snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats. This area has many fine accommodations, usually offering warm and efficient service. Restaurants are mostly along the main road. While in Hurghada, don't miss the museum and aquarium, with their complete collections of flora and fauna of the Red Sea.

Reasons to visit 
Hurghada is known as a party town, particularly among Europeans. Locals and others will tell you that life begins at night in Hurghada, with the many, many clubs. They are particularly frequented by the young, but certainly many others of all ages. One may often find a rousing party centered around the visitors from a tour group taking over the action of a particular bar. They are easy to find along the main street, along with loads of inexpensive and expensive hotels.

Beaches    
Many beaches in Hurghada are connected to hotels, but there are also some fine public beaches, which may charge a small fee for access. Amongst the main coastal attractions, Old Vic Village is a large sandy beach along a bay facing the south and is shielded from the wind and waves. The Chill Beach Bar is a small, cosy beach with tropical huts and hammocks and is a popular hangout for local divers and surfers. Papas Beach Club is a small sandy beach popular with the young crowd and ideal for those post-party lazy days.

Bazaar in El-Dahar     
This lively market springs up every day in Hurghada's old town, El-Dahar, bursting with all the staples of a traditional Egyptian bazaar, from polished brassware to wooden tea tables. Visitors barter and merchants loudly flog their goods while donkeys wander along the streets.  

Red Sea Aquarium    
The Aquarium in Hurghada offers an excellent chance to see the huge variety of marine life found in the Red Sea. The well-organised exhibits and fishy attractions are all clearly labelled in English with diagrams and texts on each species. Children and families can learn how to identify different species and where to spot them when diving or snorkelling on the reef.

Giftun Island National Park
The Giftun Island excursion has been a must for holiday-makers since many years. The beauty of this desert island and its surrounding coral reefs makes for a wonderful day at sea. All hotels, diving and aquacentres in Hurghada offer excursions to Giftun, by boat and with snorkelling equipment included, on full day basis. Nowadays, two operators have been allowed to create fully serviced beaches on the island, with a restaurant, stylish palm tree shadows, beach volley, stretchers and toilets to make the most of your day on the island.

Monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul
A two hours drive takes you back in history and to two of the most inspiring and peaceful places of the Red Sea, the places where monasticism was born. The monks at both monasteries will introduce you to an ancient fascinating world. Apt to everybody.

Shopping
Snorkelling equipment, flippers, goggles ,fashion boutiques, papirus, kerchiefs, pendants, bracelets.

Festive Celebrations
The Coptic Christmas,the Abu Simbel Festival,the Shem al Nessim (Coptic Easter),the South Sinai Camel Festival,the Leylet en-Nuktah,the Evacuation Day ,the Revolution Day,the Art Festival,the Armed Forces Day ,the Grand Feast,the Islamic New Year,the Bairam Feast (End of Ramadan),the Wafa'a el Nil (Flooding of the Nile),the Coptic New Year.