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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hurghada

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Derry, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2010

The city of Hurghada is divided into three specific areas in the South is Village Road where you will find the major Brand Hotels, nightclubs and more touristic shops, this area is the most modern part of Hurghada and i find not to be typical of the city in whole, although you will find plenty of facilities here and plenty of shops it has really been geared up for the tourist and nothing else, just south of Village Road and heading towards Safaga you come to the Sahl hasheesh Road this is where you will find the majority of Resort Hotels such as the Titanic Beach the Dana Beach and the Sunrise Garden Beach, this part of the city being some 10Km south has some of the best hotels in the region and, you will also find numerous shops in an arcade that runs along most of the Sahl Hasheesh Road, coming north and back towards the centre of Hurghada and just north of Village Road you come to Sheraton Road and the district better known as Sekalla, here you will find numerous shops and plenty of fast food chains including Pizza Hut and McDonalds, who have their own make on Egypt, also in this district you will find some good restaurants and bistros walking along Sheraton Road and heading north you will pass many 3 and 4 Star Hotels all that have their own beach front position, at the very far end of Sheraton Street you will come to Shedwah Road walking east on this road brings you to the Hurghada Marina this is a relatively new development that has may fine bars and Restaurants this is where you will find Papas Bar this is a must for anyone visiting Egypt, to the North and west of this district you will come to El Dahur this is the Old district of Hurghada and is where you will find many of the traditional shops of Egypt and in general is where you will find the locals shopping, this district although really set up for the locals is really worth a visit and you may well find a good bargain to be had, as with most parts of Egypt Haggling is a way of life and if you are prepared to Haggle you will get yourself a good deal.

Overall this city has much to offer the tourist from fine beaches to excellent cuisine and shops to suit every pocket, there are very few downsides to this city apart from it being fairly spread out that can be a drawback, but with taxis being cheap and a small shuttle bus connecting Village Road, Sekalla and El Dahur getting around is not a problem, communication between the other cities in Egypt is also easy as there is a good network of coaches that operate daily to Cairo and to Luxor in the Nile Valley, there are also flights to Cairo and to the Sinai that operate daily and a regular passenger ferry to and from Sharm-El-Sheik, overall this city just about has everything a tourist needs and i would recommend it as a destination for your next holiday.

Local Transport

Although there is a local bus service in Hurghada this is limited to one specific route in the city operating from El Dahur in the North to Village Road in the South, but does run at regular intervals throughout the day, there are also Taxis (Blue and Orange) that will take you to any part of the city, but please arrange your fare for your whole party before getting in and finally there are micro buses these vehicles normally hold around 12 passengers and is the cheapest mode of transport in Hurghada they operate on various routes around the city and the driver will slow down and hoot to see if you want to be picked up once you have done your journey pay the driver around 5le per passenger and leave the vehicle .

National Transport

In this part of Egypt there is no Railway service and the only mode of transportation apart from hire car or taxi is coach this again in fairly cheap and you will find that there a various destinations covered from Hurghada including Cairo Luxor Aswan and Suez there are various companies that operate these services and normally you will find that services operate day and night.

Ferries operate daily between Hurghada and Sharm-el-Sheik but are subject to both sea conditions and during the winter months is reduced to three times a week.

Finally Hurghada airport does operates domestic flights to Cairo and Sharm-el-Sheik it also operates international flights to the UK France Germany and Russia amongst others, the domestic flights to Cairo can be booked in advance or 24 hours prior to travel, the airport is situated to the west of the city and access to the airport can gained by taxi at a small premium charge.

44 Thank Patrick B
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10 reviews
11 helpful votes
“General tips for Hurghada (January 2010)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2010

Excellent nightlife! Simply use a taxi to go where ever and when ever you want to.
Make sure to have a meal at Starfish Restaurant - excellent food and not just seafood.
At the Aqua Centre, by Giftun Resort, find Mario and he can assist you with any trips (including desert) you want to do. Extremely helpful, honest and professional.
Avoid compound like hotels further up the coast - unless you plan to be remote from the hotspot activities.
Good value for money are the Desert Pearl & Resort Apartments, within walking distance of the boulevard.
Grocery shopping should be done at Hameed & Sons (excellent deli) - you get free delivery service!

4 Thank Skwiza
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1 review
4 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2009

The beach was beautiful. The water is warm and clear. There are several locations where tourists can enjoy the coast. Every sea activity you can think of from wind sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving is available. There are even glass bottom boats for hire. You can get an amazing view of the coral below. Submarines rides are also available. The people are very nice and the hotels are great as well. I highly recommend this area if you are traveling to Egypt.

4 Thank Ndpb_1
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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
38 helpful votes
“Hurghada- an alternative perspective”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2009

Somewhere across the small strip of ocean from Sharm el sheikh there is a 5km stretch of road called the Corniche. On one side of this road lies the red sea and on the other side the desert. The Corniche is no different from seaside resorts all over Europe; all along its length lie hotels, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, a water park and the like. There is nothing authentically Egyptian about this road. Welcome to Hurghada

This erstwhile fishing village has now taken on the dubious mantle of “beach resort”. Travel guides advise the traveller to take this description with a pinch of salt and they are right. On the league table of beach resorts this one is very low down. And they say that Sharm is even lower!

The whole stretch of beach, except for one or two tiny stretches, have been taken over by the large hotels along the Corniche. These hotels have created beaches out of builders sand to create beaches out of rocky terrain. There are no waves on any of the beaches. They have a silent lake like quality. To enjoy anything resembling an authentic beach you have to pay high hotel prices. Most of the hotels along the corniche are of a fairly good standard, although you have to leave town for the best ones.

For the public or for those living in apartments situated on the desert side of the Corniche there is recourse to two beaches. One is called, rather cheekily, the dream beach. Anyone who has experienced the beaches of Spain, Greece or Portugal will be sorely disappointed by this one. The actual “beach” is all of ten foot wide. Sunbeds occupy all the rest of the space. They have even built a pier to accommodate more sunbeds. Across the road from this beach is a lovely restaurant called bulls, serving all sorts of fast food at reasonable prices.

Next to the dream beach is another public beach called the old vic. The beach is only marginally better than the dream beach but the rest of the facilities, including the bar, etc, are vastly inferior to those provided by the dream beach.

The Corniche comes alive after sundown when the tourists return from the beach or excursions or venture out of their hotels. This is when the souvenir shopkeepers make their killing. Be careful of the very friendly and charming shopkeeper who drags you (often physically) into his shop, offers you tea and coffee ( hibiscus tea with the outlandish claim that it will resolve all your physical and mental problems is a favourite), sits you down for half an hour, offers you tiny “good luck” beads as presents and then attempts to sell to you for £100 something that is not worth one tenth of that value. He (it is never a she) will do this on the first or second day of your visit when you are still fresh off the boat and vulnerable to his wiles. Feel free to laugh, pat him on the back in an avuncular fashion and walk out of the shop. Do not be conned. There are several good articles on this site containing bargaining tips which are really helpful

Nightlife is also fairly low key in Hurghada. The resort has not degenerated into a wild clubbing destination at the time of writing. Women can feel more safe in Hurghada than, say, Luxor in terms of harassment from the men. Hurghada is also more popular with Russians and Germans than British tourists, who seem to prefer Sharm across the water

If you go to Hurghada try and visit Luxor for a few days. The day trip is too tiring and not worth it. Several trips are offered from Hurghada- desert safari trips, quad bike trips, snorkelling trips to Giftun island. Try them if you have not experienced these types of activity before. All of them are fairly expensive.

All in all Hurghada should be seen as one of the stops on the way to Egypt’s more exotic places like Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria, Aswan- somewhere you can relax for a few days after having enjoyed the spectacular sights this country has to offer. But as a stand alone beach resort destination it is a disappointment.

7 Thank travelogo
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3 reviews
16 helpful votes
“Hurghada, Egypt”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2009

My family have visited Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt for several years, but over the last two years the newly introduced taxi service has become a complete menace. The taxi's ''curb crawl'' honking their horns touting for business, the kamikaze drivers regularly double/treble their fares for Europeans and then cheat them out of their change.
However this year a friend recommended an English expat who met us at the airport and transferred us in comfort and safety to our hotel for a fraction of the local taxi cost. We used him as our driver for the whole of our stay and even arranged trips to Cairo and Luxor through him, again with courteous safe drivers and at a fraction of local/hotel costs.
This service made all the difference to our holiday and I would thoroughly recommend it to all visitors to Egypt.

13 Thank laineyjacklin
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