Egypt’s Red Sea cities, Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh

In Egypt we can visit pyramids, temples and mosques but there is also a very touristic area, very similar to those that we can find on the coasts of Europe, and which is located next to the Red Sea.

Of all the places we can visit on the Red Sea, two cities stand out. On the one hand, Hurghada, which extends over 36 kilometers, and on the other hand , Sharm el-Sheikh, the most modern city in Egypt.

After visiting the historical sites of Egypt, many tourists decide to extend their trip to relax on the beautiful beaches of the Red Sea.

What to do in the Red Sea

When visiting the Red Sea we recommend doing the following activities with which you can enjoy Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada:

What to do in Sharm el-Sheikh

egypt-sharm-el-sheikSharm el-Sheikh is today one of the most touristic cities in Egypt after experiencing great growth since it left a small fishing village and a large naval base was established there.

It has been a very important city in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, but today it is a city that lives for tourism where a large part of its workers are Europeans.

The main attraction of Sharm el-Sheikh are its beautiful and clean beaches, with an unusual atmosphere in Arab countries.

Egypt - Saint Catherine MonasteryThere, you can also enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, thanks to the wind that usually blows, and diving and snorkeling, thanks to its coral reefs and the marine species that inhabit it. It is considered one of the best places on the planet to dive.

So, if you like to dive, take your goggles and your diving watch and go to Tiran Island or the Ras Mohammed Natural Park, where you will find the best reefs to which many companies in the area dedicated to this activity will take you.

From there we can also make some excursions through the desert, visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina, built in the place where, according to tradition, Moses saw the burning bush without being consumed, or climb Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments. As you can see, a place of biblical importance, which you can visit with this excursion.

What to do in Hurghada

Egypt - HurghadaOn another shore of the Red Sea we find Hurghada, another of the most important tourist cities to see in Egypt.

Along more than 30 kilometres, we find numerous hotels to which more and more European tourists flock, especially in winter, who seek the good temperatures that exist throughout the year in this area and to be able to bathe on its beaches.

In Hurghada we can find three well differentiated parts. On the one hand, the oldest part (El Dahar) and more similar to the spirit of Egypt, on the other hand Sekalla, where we find many hotels, and finally El Memsha, the most modern part.

Tourists who go to Hurghada, in addition to finding imposing hotels and wonderful natural beaches, is also a very suitable place for diving, especially in the Giftun Islands that are in front of the city, in the middle of the Red Sea. Diving in the Giftun Islands is one of the best things to do in Hurghada.

Nightlife is also an important part of tourism in Hurghada, as well as in Sharm el-Sheikh. So you won’t get bored at any time of the day or night.

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