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Hurghada

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Once a fishing village located south of the entrance to the Gulf of Suez on the eastern coast of the Arabian desert, Hurghada now stretches over 12 miles crowded by imposing hotels and grounds ligned along a freeway that runs, at a distance, along the sea. It is very active, especially in winter, and the resort mainly lives to rhythm of the school holidays of Germans, Italians and, increasingly, of Scandinavians. Disfigured by unbridled urbanisation, it still remains one of the biggest and most popular seaside destinations in Egypt. The moderately high rates of hotels and the wealthy seabed of the Red Sea explain without any doubt its lasting popularity, particularly among divers. The islands of Giftun, opposite Hurghada, offering an area for diving activities that combines clear waters and multicoloured fish.
Avoid a seaside stay in the winter : it is windy and quite cold.

To do

Take a visit to an oasis, a "méharée", a 4X4 trip in the Arabian desert and, of course, take a couple of days to scuba dive off the coast or around the island of Tiran. Windsurfing, kite surfing and other water sports are of course practiced without moderation ... But be careful kiting when there is a lot of wind ... Avoid doing it in these conditions if its your first try ! ...

pros

  • +  Its diversified hotel services
  • +  The beauty of the seabed

cons

  • -  Massive urbanisation
  • -  A landscape disfigured by uncontrolled constructions

To avoid

The General Directorate for Public Health recommends that travelers avoid contact with poultry and birds, and not to visit poultry farms or markets. Follow general recommendations for hygiene when travelling in developing countries, which aim to protect you from microbial infections: avoid eating raw or poorly cooked food, especially meat and eggs ; regularly wash your hands with soap and water or a water-alcohol solution.

To try

You should taste the mezes (tasty sauces for dipping bread), "foul" (mashed beans seasoned with lemon juice, herbs and olive oil), hoummous (cold mashed chickpeas with oil sesame paste, stuffed vine leaves, grilled meat, stuffed vegetables, stuffed lamb, fritter leaves, watermelon, dates, baklawas, dried apricots ... As for drinks, you can enjoy the karkadé, Egyptian wine or tea with mint ...

Weather Hurghada

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Hurghada . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Hurghada so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Hurghada , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather January
Overall rating 77/100
  • Temperature indicators 72% Mild

    Maximim temperature between 20°C and 22°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 100% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 86% Sunny / Optimal

    Sunny (over 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 56% Refreshing

    Sea temperature between 20 °C and 22°C. Wind speed between 4 mph and 7 mph.

  • Wind indicators 64% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 86% Comfortable

    Feeling of comfort due to ideal humidity levels.

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