Hurghada was once a fairly small and unimposing fishing village located next to the Red Sea and boasting a number of superb beaches. Today the resort of Hurghada is almost unrecognizable from its past life and has grown to become the most visited tourist destination in the whole of Egypt with more than 100 different hotels many of which line the shoreline. Famous for its superb diving opportunities Hurghada is especially appealing to those with little experience of scuba diving who come to marvel at the underwater reefs and awesome marine life. Tourism is now a huge part of Hurghada and each year many tourists choose to combine their holiday here with visits to other prominent locations along the Nile Valley including the relatively nearby city of Luxor.
Hurghada offers many activities not to be found anywhere else on Earth: quad-biking hundreds of miles into the Sahara desert for tea with a Bedoin tribe then camel-riding across Biblical plains to see remote and ancient wonders; diving and snorkeling around a vibrant and colourful coral reef; boat trips to the unpopulated Big and Little Gifton islands; swimming in the warm sea; good shopping; excellent and varied cuisine from across the world etc. If you were to choose to stay in your hotel complex for the duration of your break you would miss out on much more than you bargained for.
Those new to Egypt will find karkaday (a drink made from an infusion of hibiscus served hot or cold and reputed to have many health benefits) and chi (local version of tea usually served in a glass) offered everywhere. Both are delicious and will usually come replete with a smoke on a "sheesha" pipe known in the West as a hookah. Sheeshas are used for smoking molasses tobacco in various flavours with the smoke passing through water before inhalation through a long tube attached to the bowl. Although they may resemble a device used to smoke illicit substances in the west (a bong) sheesha is completely legal.
Cruise across the Red Sea to the uninhabited island of Giftun surrounded by magical coral gardens. Enjoy a lazy day on the white sand or swim amongst the coral reefs. This great day trip is hard to skip when you are in Hurghada.
In the evening you can go for a walk in the promenade area for some traditional cafes shopping or dining. There is a bowling and family entertainment centre close by as well as a few malls and restaurants. Night life usually begins quite late and you can find some clubs in close proximity to the promenade.