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If you're looking for something totally different, then a holiday to Hurghada in Egypt is the perfect option. Once a quiet fishing village, this desert oasis has been transformed into a tourist hotspot that's full of luxury resorts, cool nightclubs and endless coral reefs.
Sitting on the western side of the Red Sea coast, Hurghada is one of the most visited cities in Egypt, rivaling the ever-popular Sharm El Sheikh. However, Hurghada boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving spots, don't be surprised if you see fish even in the shallows of the beach!
A lively resort town, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to first class accommodation, there are over 100 hotels lined up along the shores of the Red Sea. When you're done with soaking up the sun, head inland for a ride on a camel across the Sahara and try some delicious local and international cuisine. You can even hit the infamous Ministry of Sound club. Whatever you want to do, you're sure to find it in Hurghada.
The northern end of Hurghada is the most authentic area - it's here that you'll find Egyptians on their everyday business, running around the streets and souks. When the sun sets, head to the local bazaar and haggle to get the best bargains on local goods and souvenirs.
Shopaholics, this is the area for you! South of Al-Sakkala is your idea of heaven - row upon row of designer stores, expensive restaurants and five star hotels. This high-end strip is also the most touristy, with its modern day Western luxuries like multi-level shopping centres, big screen cinemas and a McDonalds.
The Red Sea
Leave the land behind and head out to sea. Hurghada's reefs are some of the best and have to be seen to be believed. No matter your level, there are endless ways for you to see the magical underwater world, try scuba-diving, snorkeling and sailing or take a trip on a glass-bottom boat if you don't want to get wet!
Smoke a shisha
Smoking a shisha or hookah is a cultural practice in the Middle East, so don't be surprised if you're offered one after dinner. Choose your flavour and take a deep breath of the molasses tobacco. And don't worry, it's completely legal!
Ride across the Sahara
What could be more Egyptian than riding a camel across the desert sand dunes? Head out to the mysterious Bedouin villages, then watch the sun set behind the Sinai Mountains. If you're not such an animal lover then there are also desert quads so you don't miss out.
Travel across the seas
Hurghada is a great place to start if you're looking to see a bit more of North Africa. Make your way up the Red Sea coast into the capital Cairo, and then wind across the Mediterranean and the Greek Islands, or head west to Tunisia and Sicily, hopping around Port El Kantaoui, Palermo and Marsala.
Dubbed the Venice of Egypt, El Gouna is a private resort town with 14 hotels, three marinas and over 2000 villas and apartments. And that's just the beginning. There's pretty much everything you could ever need here, including a school, hospital, airport, casinos and a golf course.
Just south of Hurghada lies Makadi Bay, a natural bay backed by desert mountain ranges. It's entirely modern and designed to cater to international tourists with Western shops, restaurants and clubs.
With warm weather, beautiful beaches and world-class snorkeling spots, it's easy to see why Hurghada is one of the most popular destinations in Egypt. Check out the Direct Holidays deals for a once-in-a-lifetime trip you're sure to love.