A western coastal town situated on the Red Sea, Hurghada has a modest population of approximately 248,000. With about 40 km of beaches, it s easy to see why there are roughly 70,000 European tourists visiting Hurghada every week. A young town, Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century, and has been continually enlarging since the 1980's. In recent years, Hurghada was little more than a small fishing village, and is now a known getaway destination for Egyptians from Cairo, the Delta and Upper Egypt. Tourists from Europe; notably Italians, Russians, Czechs, and Germans, and from far abroad also flock to the Hurghada International Airport. The Hurghada today is divided into three districts: Dahar (the Old Town), Sakalla (the New Downtown), and Village Road (an area that is more tourist-orientated). Sakalla is an exciting entertainment area for travelers to visit-- with bustling bars and discos, the duty-free shop, cafes, banks and shops to buy different local souvenirs. Dahar has unique oriental charm and a real Egyptian bazaar to visit. The most quiet and relaxed area is Village Road, which is very cleanly and has many shops, restaurants, bars and still retains the authenticity of the two latter districts.
Hurghada is well-known destination for aquatic sports, and draws in many tourists for windsurfing, kiteboarding, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, snorkeling and diving. Not far from shore, you'll see some of the world's finest underwater gardens. Hurghada's Red Sea is warm and inviting, with various species of fish and coral to investigate. This small city is also the central location to divers all over the Red Sea, and also provides access to uninhabited offshore reefs and various islands. Nearby is the city of Al Quseir; one of the Egyptian gateways, and is one of the oldest cities on the western coast of the Red Sea. Know as 'Thagho' in the pharonic period. The old Roman port of Al Quseir Al Kadima is an important historical site, where hundreds of amphora and pottery artifacts were found. Now, there are many bazaars, cafes, coffee shops, and seafood restaurants in Al Quseir. Go quadding, partake in a safari into the desert, and visit small villages and even camel ride-- all within a short distance from one another!