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Assembled by Chris Gooda (Dive Centre Manager, Hurghada)
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Thinking of Visiting Hurghada?



Seeking a break from the tourism of Sharm El Sheikh, but keen to
avoid the isolation of Marsa Alam or Nuweiba? Hurghada offers an
interesting mix of old and new, western and Islamic, in a city where
the call to prayer echoes across the terraces of McDonalds and locals
and visitors alike enjoy cold beer, hot tea and a shisha in local coffee
shops.

The diving is also fantastic with spectacular wrecks and reefs thronging
with life. Hurghada is also famous for dolphin sightings.
Index

Thinking of Visiting Hurghada?............................................................................... 2
Index ................................................................................................................................. 3
Getting to Hurghada ................................................................................................... 5
    Direct from the UK: ............................................................................................. 5
    Via Cairo:................................................................................................................. 5
    Via Europe: ............................................................................................................. 6
    Arriving in Hurghada........................................................................................... 6
Local Information ......................................................................................................... 8
    Currency .................................................................................................................. 8
    Weather.................................................................................................................... 8
    Local Etiquette and Customs ........................................................................... 8
Diving in Hurghada.................................................................................................... 10
    Wrecks .................................................................................................................... 10
    Reefs ....................................................................................................................... 12
    Dolphins ................................................................................................................. 14
    Technical Diving.................................................................................................. 14
Places to visit ............................................................................................................... 15
    Cairo & Giza.......................................................................................................... 15
    Luxor ....................................................................................................................... 15
    Desert Safari ........................................................................................................ 16
    Quad Biking .......................................................................................................... 16
    Petra ........................................................................................................................ 16
    St. Paul and St Antony..................................................................................... 17
    El Qusier................................................................................................................. 17
    St Catherine’s Monastery ................................................................................ 17
Areas of Hurghada ..................................................................................................... 18
    Sekalla .................................................................................................................... 18
    El Dahar ................................................................................................................. 18
    Hurghada International Marina..................................................................... 18
    El Mamsha............................................................................................................. 18
    El Gouna ................................................................................................................ 18
Getting around Hurghada ....................................................................................... 19
Food and Drink............................................................................................................ 20
    Bombay Flowers.................................................................................................. 20
    Cafe Del Mar......................................................................................................... 20
    Da Nanni..non solo pizza................................................................................. 20
    Drifters Bistro and Cafe ................................................................................... 20
    Felfela ..................................................................................................................... 20
    Hard Rock Cafe ................................................................................................... 20
    Heaven Bistro ...................................................................................................... 20
    Kamuna .................................................................................................................. 21
    La Luna................................................................................................................... 21
    Marina Sphinx...................................................................................................... 21
    Papas Bar & Deli ................................................................................................. 21
    Shade Bar & Grill................................................................................................ 21
    Thai Garden .......................................................................................................... 21
    Tokyo Blu................................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.
Nightlife.......................................................................................................................... 22
    Hedkandi................................................................................................................ 22
    Ministry of Sound ............................................................................................... 22
    Calypso................................................................................................................... 22
Accommodation .......................................................................................................... 23
    Sea Garden Hotel ............................................................................................... 23
    Grand Azur Horizon Hotel & Resort............................................................. 23
    Marriott Beach Resort....................................................................................... 23
    Arabia Beach Resort.......................................................................................... 23
    Shedwan Garden Hotel .................................................................................... 23
    Sunrise Holidays Resort Sekalla................................................................... 24
Getting to Hurghada
By far and away the easiest way to travel to Hurghada is by air. There
are a variety of different options and routes to come to Hurghada from
the UK and Europe.

Direct from the UK:
Direct flights to Hurghada come from London, Manchester, Glasgow
and Birmingham.

Airline       City             Days    Type       Approx         Free           Dive
                                                  Cost           Baggage        Bags?
                                                                 Limit
easyJet       London Gatwick   Mon &   Schedule   £150-400       20kg per       Yes – £15.50
                               Fri                               booking        per leg for
                                                                                12 kilos

Monarch       London Gatwick   Fri     Charter    Only through   20kg (inc      Yes - £22.50
                                                  Tour           hand           or £13 per
                                                  operators      baggage)       flight (£5
                                                                                pre-booking
                                                                                discount)
Thomson Fly   London Gatwick   Fri     Charter    £220-460       20kg (£6.50    5kg free with
                                                                 per kilo)      cert card.
Thomas Cook   London Gatwick   Tue &   Charter    £200-600       20kg (£8       Yes – 10kg
                               Fri                               charge)        extra for £30
                                                                                return
Viking/Kiss   London Gatwick   Fri     Charter    £260-500       15kg           No - £15 for
                                                                                5kg, £30 for
                                                                                10kg.
Monarch       Manchester       Fri     Charter    Only through   20kg (inc      Yes - £22.50
                                                  Tour           hand           for £13 per
                                                  operators      baggage)       flight (£5
                                                                                pre-booking
                                                                                discount)
Thomas Cook   Manchester       Tue &   Charter    £200-600       20kg (£8       Yes – 10kg
                               Fri                               charge)        extra for £30
                                                                                return
Thomson Fly   Manchester       Fri     Charter    £220-460       20kg (£6.50    5kg free with
                                                                 per kilo)      cert card.
Globespan     Glasgow          Wed     Charter    £170-500       20kg (£8 per   Yes – £20 for
                                                                 bag charge)    £10
Thomas Cook   Birmingham       Tue     Charter    £200-600       20kg (£8       Yes – 10kg
                                                                 charge)        extra for £30
                                                                                return


Via Cairo:
Another option is to fly on a scheduled flight via Cairo and maybe add
an extension to your trip to see some of Cairo’s many antiquities.

BA flies a Boeing 747 daily from Heathrow to Cairo; Egyptair and BMI
(both part of the Star Alliance) code share between Heathrow and
Cairo twice each day. There are regular Egyptair services between
Cairo and Hurghada (approximately 6 each day) and all Star Alliance
(Egypt Air/BMI) flights now arrive at and leave from the same Cairo
terminal.

Via Europe:
There are flights direct to Hurghada from a huge range of European
cities.

From the UK a popular route is to fly via Germany – Air Berlin offer
convenient flights from Stanstead to a variety of German airports and
as many as ten flights a day from Germany to Hurghada. You can
choose to have a short break in Germany or transfer in as little as an
hour (if you like you can transfer through a different city on your way
out and return journey).

An advantage of this route is the generous baggage allowance that
German airlines offer – Air Berlin gives 20kg as standard with an
additional 30kg for divers (plus you can add an extra 10kgs if you are
a member of their points scheme or if you are staying for more than 4
weeks). Flights from Stanstead via Germany can be as little as €300
return.

Arriving in Hurghada
Arriving at Hurghada airport and obtaining your visa can be a
disconcerting experience for the uninitiated. If you have booked your
trip through a tour operator there will probably be a rep waiting in the
arrivals hall after your bus transfer from the plane. It is probably
worth ignoring the throng and heading straight for one of the bank
kiosks in the arrivals hall. The tourist visa will cost 15USD or the
equivalent in another currency. The price is fixed so make sure you
don’t pay more. After you have the visa sticker in your passport,
queue at passport control and give your passport and completed
landing card (which you should have been given on the plane) to the
officer. After your passport has been stamped the stamp will be
checked as you enter the baggage reclaim hall and then you are ready
to retrieve your luggage and leave the airport.

Most tour operators will arrange the transfer to your hotel, however if
you are going it alone, it can be a challenge for a non-Arabic speaker
to negotiate a good price for a taxi at the airport. For most local
hotels in Sekalla or Village Road 50LE is enough (including the ticket
which the taxi must buy to enter the airport – it costs them 5LE). For
hotels further afield the price can rise to as much as 100LE. You will
need to negotiate hard to get these rates – often the taxi drivers will
attempt to charge as much as 500LE for a transfer to a local hotel. If
you don’t have a transfer booked, then it might be worth contacting
Emperor Reservations to arrange one.

When you do arrive at your hotel it is normal to be given a
complimentary welcome drink of cold Karakadeh (a sweet hibiscus tea)
or orange juice - very refreshing after a long trip.
Local Information

Currency
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound or LE (Livre Égyptien).
The rate fluctuates between around 8LE and 12.5LE to the UK pound.
Often local restaurants, shops and even taxis will accept foreign
currency, but expect a very poor rate. Your best option is change
money in one of the many banks (it can be worth shopping around as
a different bank can be offering the best rate on different days), or
withdraw cash from an ATM. The rate outside Egypt is usually far less
favourable than the rate you will get once you have arrived, so do not
change too much before you get here.

Weather
The good news is that it is always sunny in Hurghada – every day of
every year! It can sometimes be windy though, especially in
March/April when the annual Khamseen (fifty days of wind) blows,
sometimes causing sandstorms. Rain is very rare. In early and late
summer there are occasional periods of “aziab”, this is when the
prevailing north wind turns to the south and brings very hot, humid air
from Sudan. Generally the weather in Hurghada is always pleasant
and it isn’t too difficult to decide what to put on in the morning!

The water temperature varies between a minimum of around 20
degrees Celsius in February to around 29 degrees in September – and,
whilst a shorty is normally fine in the summer, often a 5mm or 7mm is
more appropriate in the winter.

Local Etiquette and Customs

Egypt has a mainly Muslim population and many of its customs are
derived from Islamic tradition. Everybody in Hurghada is very used to
visitors and will generally not be offended if you don’t follow the advice
below, but it is respectful to try to fit in with the local populace and
you will have you a fuller and more rewarding experience in the
country if you follow these tips. Egyptians generally are a very friendly
and open people and are very impressed when tourists make that little
extra effort.
It is always polite to greet someone and make a bit small talk before
getting down to business. For example, it is polite to say hello, and
“how are you?” before asking the price of an item in a shop.

When eating with Egyptians, when bread is used instead of
conventional cutlery, it is polite to only use your right hand,
particularly if sharing communal dishes (this is normal in an Egyptian
household).

Never beckon to an Egyptian or signal for them to come to you. This
is considered very rude. Instead call “Ta’ala lausemaht” (come here
please) or beckon with your whole hand facing down and the back of
your hand towards the person.

Egyptians generally dress conservatively, particularly the women.
Whilst Egyptians don’t normally wear shorts, it is considered
acceptable for European men and women, although women should
take care how short their shorts are! It is probably best to avoid very
low cut or stappy tops. Whilst there are no fixed rules or laws about
dress in Hurghada, to avoid receiving unwanted attention in a country
where risqué clothing is thought to imply promiscuity it is best to dress
conservatively especially outside the hotels. Wearing only swimwear in
the street is offensive for everyone!

When shopping it is normal to barter – the first price that you offer
(and the shopkeeper offers) shouldn’t be your best. Expect to pay a
third to a half of the shopkeeper’s first price (although often he will ask
you to name a price first). Remember that in Arabic culture it doesn’t
matter how much you have paid compared with the last customer, the
important thing is that both parties are happy with the deal and feel
that they have struck a fair price.
Diving in Hurghada

The wrecks accessible from Hurghada are undeniably the best in the
Red Sea and our massive variety of reefs and sea life make for a really
special trip.

Dive with an experienced guide in Hurghada and you’ll be amazed
what it has to offer. In the winter we dive two (secret) sites where
White Tip Reef Sharks are almost always seen – warming themselves
in caves where hot water springs from the reef.

Whilst some people think of the dive sites being busy (because some
dive centres will dive the same dive sites day in, day out) Hurghada
has a massive 80 local dive sites and Emperor will normally be able to
take you to a quiet dive site (particularly when the weather is good
and all sites are accessible) where yours will often be the only boat
there.

Wrecks
Hurghada is home to more wrecks than any other Red Sea resort, with
at least 12 within the reach of recreational divers and an abundance of
deeper wrecks suitable for technical divers.

The best wreck dives accessible from Hurghada are on the reef at Abu
Nuhas. With its position close to the shipping lane at the edge of the
Straights of Gobal, this reef has laid claim to at least four (some say
as many as seven) large wrecks.

The first to strike
the reef in
September 1869,
the Carnatic, is
certainly the
prettiest wreck on
Sha’ab Abu Nuhas.
She was a P&O
passenger steam
and sail ship built
in London in 1862
and retained the
sleek lines of
traditional sailing
vessels. She carried a cargo of cotton and, more famously, wine
bottles (the broken remains of which you can still find scattered on the
seabed) alongside its consignment of passengers. The wreck lies on
its port side between 27m (at the stern) and 15m (at the rail on the
starboard side). The bow and stern are intact and after more than 140
years in the water are encrusted with a stunning array of corals and
marine life. This wreck truly is as much reef as wreck. The planking of
the decks has long since rotted away, allowing streams of light to pour
inside between the steel joists, which hold the wreck together.
Hovering behind the stern with its angled square windows gives the
feeling of diving on the wreck of a pirate ship.

In December 1978 the Kimon M, loaded with lentils and bound for
Bombay, struck Sha’ab Abu Nuhas at full speed. As with all the
wrecks here human error was to blame. A passing cargo ship quickly
picked up all of the crew. The wreck sat grounded on top of the reef
for a long period before the wind, weather and current allowed her to
slip down to the plateau below at 32m. The wreck is now unstable and
penetration is not recommended but the superstructure provides a
home to a massive array of stunning marine life and is covered with
soft corals.

The next regularly dived wreck to hit the reef was the Chrisoula K in
August 1981. Similar in size and configuration to the Kimon M, she
was carrying a cargo of Italian floor tiles (which remain in the wreck to
this day). She is in excellent condition and you can easily find the
machine room complete with lathe, press, tool benches and many
other pieces of equipment. Again the soft corals encrusting the wreck
are exquisite and frog fish have been known to inhabit the mast.

The final and most commonly dived wreck on Sha’ab Abu Nuhas is the
Ghiannis D. She managed to hit the reef in April 1983, despite being
fitted with the latest navigational aids. She was carrying a cargo of
soft wood, which scatters the sea floor on and around the wreck. The
wreck is undoubtedly a spectacular size (99.5m long and 16m wide)
and there is easy access to the huge engine room. The deepest point
on the wreck is 27m but the huge A-frame above the wreck rises to
just 3m below the surface. The wreck is home to a variety of
interesting flatworms and nudibranchs, and the resident porcupine fish
can normally be spotted.

The Rosalie Moller was a cargo ship built in Scotland in 1910 and was
108m long and almost 4000 tons. She was commandeered for the
British military at the beginning of the Second World War and, despite
being a relatively old and slow boat for the time, in July 1941 she was
given the task of carrying welsh coal to Alexandria (via South Africa).
She made it all the way to her final resting place (just south of the
Straights of Gobal) where she anchored awaiting clearance to travel
through the Suez Canal on the home stretch to Alexandria. In October
1941 the Thistlegorm was bombed at anchor a few miles away by
Heinkel bombers searching for the Queen Mary (and her cargo of 1200
troops) which was rumoured to be in the area. The light from the
explosions lit up the night sky and the position of the Rosalie Moller
was noted by the pilots. Two days later she was struck by two bombs
and sunk 55 minutes later.

She lay undisturbed in 50m of water until her rediscovery in 1998.
She is undoubtedly at the limits of recreational diving – the bow sits in
almost 40m of water and the rudder at 45m. She is in excellent
condition and sits upright on the sea bed. Her cargo of coal has long
since disintegrated but the definition on the bridge and in the galley
(where pots and pans are still hanging) is fantastic. Surrounded by
lionfish patrolling the schools of glassfish, she truly is a sight to
behold.

Reefs
Due to its amazing array of wrecks, the reef diving around Hurghada is
often overlooked. Hurghada offers every different type of reef from
walls to habilis, pinnacles to coral gardens, there really is something
for every diver.

The Giftun National Marine Park encompasses two large islands just off
                                                  the coast of
                                                  Hurghada (the
                                                  islands are
                                                  imaginatively titled
                                                  Small Giftun and
                                                  Big Giftun). It has
                                                  a massive array of
                                                  dives including the
                                                  famous Gorgonian
                                                  Fan Coral forest of
                                                  the Police Station
                                                  drift dive (popular
                                                  with technical
                                                  divers because of
                                                  its deep arch), the
                                                  rolling Coral
Garden of Sha’ab Sabina and the Anemone City of Banana Reef. No
fishing is allowed in the marine park and visitor numbers are controlled
so the level of fish and quality of the coral is exceptional.

Outside the marine park the reefs still hold unexpected surprises. The
once splendid hard coral forest of Carless Reef was destroyed in the
90’s by an infestation of Crown of Thorn Starfish and was therefore not
dived for a number of years. The skeletons of the hard corals have
become the core for massive soft coral growth. The entire dive site
now pulsates with life with masses of small fish darting in out of the
corals and massive moray eels patrolling the reef.

                                                       A short sail from
                                                       Carless sits Umm
                                                       Gamar (The
                                                       Mother of the
                                                       Moon) which is
                                                       famous for the
                                                       pinnacles
                                                       protruding from its
                                                       reef wall. The first
                                                       pinnacle with its
                                                       beautiful fan corals
                                                       and soft corals is a
                                                       sight to behold.
                                                       The bubbles from
                                                       divers swimming
                                                       into the cave
beneath yields a ‘jacuzzi’ effect that percolates to the reef above.

Fanadir is a site of even more surprising wildlife, the coral here is
certainly not the best in Hurghada but the array of camouflage fish is
fascinating (if you can find them!); Sea Moths (Little Dragon Fish),
Stone Fish, various Scorpion Fishes are among the critters hidden
throughout the reef. Several different types of moray can be found
here including Yellow Mouth, Yellow Margin, Grey Morays, Drab Morays
and many more. Big Feather Tail Rays and Eagle Rays are also regular
visitors.

The North Plateau of Abu Ramada Island is another famous site – but
not for the faint hearted. Its stunning plateau is covered in life but
faces the current head on. It has a spectacular chimney and lots of
nooks and crannies where you can find all kinds of interesting life.
Watch out though – misjudge the current and you can be swept down
the wrong side of the island, far away from the boat.

Gotta Abu Ramada (known locally as the aquarium) is a circular reef to
the south of Abu Ramada Island sitting on a plateau of around 12m
depth. Despite being a shallow dive, Gotta has a staggering array of
fish life in incredible volumes. Huge schools of Goatfish and Barracuda
hang under the boat and an abundance of crocodile fish, blue spotted
rays, scorpionfish and much more crowd the reef as if you were diving
in an aquarium.

Sha’ab Pinky is probably my favourite local dive in Hurghada; every
time I have dived here I’ve seen Eagle Rays (sometimes as many as
six, swimming in formation or playing together) and a shoal of Great
Barracuda. Giant Napoleons, Turtles, Feathertail Rays and
Nudibranches are also regularly spotted.

Dolphins
On the fringes of the marine park is a reef known as Fanous (Arabic
for a small lighthouse). This is rapidly becoming a favourite spot with
our guests as a pod of 15 bottlenose dolphins are regularly seen
underwater and will play with
the guests and rub their
bellies on the soft corals. If
the dolphins at Fanous are out
hunting, then other pods at
Sha’ab El Erg, Abu Nugar and
close to Shedwan Island can
also be found. When you
have dived with a pod of
dolphins for the first time you
never see the underwater
world in quite the same light
again.

Technical Diving
For techies there is a whole
different side to Hurghada.
Deep wrecks (including a
fantastic cruise ship – the Al
Qamar Al Saudi Al Misri –
which sunk in 1994, and still
has water in its swimming
pool), underwater architecture
and great reef walls mean many tech divers come back year after year
to savour Hurghada’s riches!


Places to visit

If you are only staying in Hurghada for a week, then you are probably
going to want to spend the majority of your time on or under the
resorts star attraction – the Red Sea! That doesn’t mean there aren’t
other excursions and activities to consider, Hurghada is the most
convenient resort for Luxor and Cairo:


Cairo & Giza
Cairo is just a one
hour flight or a five
hour drive away and
Giza (once a separate
town, but now a
suburb of the great
city) is home to the
iconic Pyramids and
Sphinx. As well as
taking some time to
see the Nile and
enjoying tea in the
famous souk of Khan
el Khalili a trip to the
Egyptian Antiquities
Museum is a must.


                                                  Luxor

                                                  Egypt’s second
                                                  most famous
                                                  archeological trip is
                                                  to Luxor where you
                                                  can find Luxor
                                                  Temple, Karnak
                                                  Temple, the Valley
                                                  of the Kings, the
                                                  Valley of the
Queens, the temple of Hatshepsut and much more. It is possible to
visit on a one or two day trip and if you do stay overnight make sure
you book the sunrise hot air balloon flight over the historic city.


Desert Safari
Join a 4X4 jeep safari that will take you deep into the Eastern desert to
a Bedouin village for a tour to see their life and traditions, then ride a
camel before witnessing an amazing sunset.

                                             Quad Biking
                                             The trip starts at a
                                             quadrunner station where
                                             you get a chance to test-
                                             drive a quad before
                                             speeding 25 km to a
                                             Bedouin village to discover
                                             their culture and lifestyle.
                                             You can try a Bedouin tea
                                             and smoke a shisha
                                             (waterpipe) before heading
                                             back to the station.

Petra
From September 2009 there will be weekly day trips to Petra in
Jordan. Described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" by John
William Burgon, the site is famous for being the location of many films
including Indiana Jones and
the Last Crusade. It is a
truly spectacular sight with
buildings hewn out of the
pink rock at the end of a
winding narrow gorge and
a huge roman city of ruins.
This is undoubtedly one of
the most impressive
archeological sites in the
world, described by
UNESCO as "one of the
most precious cultural
properties of man's cultural
heritage."
St. Paul and St Antony
A trip deep into the eastern desert begins with a drive to Zafarana
where the monastery is located. The monastery has three churches,
the largest two of which are visited.

St. Paul’s (Deir Mar Boulos) is one of the most popular churches in
Egypt. It was built underground, dug into the cave where the Saint
was said to have lived and where his supposed remains are kept. St
Anthony’s (Deir Mar Antonios) church lies near el-Zafarana, and was
founded in 356 AD just after Anthony's death.

El Qusier
Is a small piece of real Egypt. It has an interesting Roman fort that
was rebuilt during colonial
times by British and French
forces. Also you can pass
along the promenade and
see the beaches where the
locals spend the evening
drinking tea, smoking
shishas and watching
football or wrestling on TV.

St Catherine’s
Monastery
Taking the early morning
ferry from Hurghada to
Sharm El Sheikh gives the
opportunity of a day trip to
visit the famous St.
Catherine Monastery, which
is considered one of the
most famous monasteries
in the world. It was
dedicated to one of
Alexander’s rulers, Saint
Catherine who was tortured
to death for the sake of her
new faith.
Areas of Hurghada
Sekalla

The tourist centre of Hurghada this is where, on the main road
(Sheraton Road) you will find masses of touristic bazaars, western fast
food restaurants and more tourists than locals. Take one of the side
roads and you can quickly escape the bright lights and find much
better value and friendlier shopping and eating. Also you can find cozy
tea shops serving Egyptian chai and the obligatory shisha pipe.

El Dahar
The oldest and most interesting part of Hurghada, El Dahar with its
narrow streets and traffic free bazaars is where locals and tourists
alike go to barter and shop. Probably the most Egyptian part of
Hurghada it may be dusty and crowded, but it offers a real taste of the
Middle-East.

Hurghada International Marina
The newest addition to Hurghada’s tourist attractions, the Hurghada
International Marina offers a collection of shops and restaurants with
the backdrop of a sophisticated yachting marina. With many of
Hurghada’s most popular bars and restaurants opening branches and
one of Emperor’s daily boats departing from it, the marina is rapidly
becoming a centre for Hurghada life away from the bustle of the town.

El Mamsha

Also known as Village Road or the Hotel Strip, this wide promenade
connects some of the major resorts of Hurghada with shops and
restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere. Although very tourist-centric,
strolling the tree-lined strip is a very pleasant way to spend an
evening.

El Gouna
Twenty five kilometers north of Hurghada is the purpose built town
and yacht marina which offers a total contrast to the dusty bustle of
the main town. Almost clinically clean with top price restaurants and
stylish Sunseeker yachts, this is Egypt’s answer to Monaco!
Getting around Hurghada

Moving around in Hurghada has become very easy. There are plentiful
orange and blue taxis which ply their trade in all areas of the town.
The town is spread into three main areas (El Kawser in the south,
Sekala in the Centre and El Dahar in the North), expect to pay 5LE
within a single area, 10LE if you travel between areas and up to 20LE
if you travel the length of the town. Try to get the taxi-driver to use
the meter. It saves having to “discuss” the price.
Food and Drink
Bombay Flowers – Betamarket St, off Sheraton Road, Sekalla 065
344 9334
Away from the main road and popular with locals, don’t expect great
service in this cheap and cheerful restaurant which offers cheap beer
and international and English dishes combined with an Indian tandoori
menu.

Cafe Del Mar - Sea Tower Building, El Arosa Square, Sheraton Road
010 0716 770
Offers a wide variety of dishes from nachos to Swedish meatballs.
Modern décor, laid-back atmosphere and a great display of photos.

Da Nanni..non solo pizza - La Perla Hotel, Hadaba Road 065 344
7018
Classic Italian trattoria with the best pizzas and pastas in town. A wide
selection of food, Salads, sandwiches and good coffee also on offer.

Drifters Bistro and Cafe - Telephone Central Street, behind
Mashrabia Coffee Shop, Sekalla 010 522 6413
With a regularly changing menu of seasonal dishes, this is Hurghada’s
finest steak restaurant. The have some of the best fillet steak you will
taste anywhere, fish, chicken lamb and there is always something for
veggies. Also rare for Hurghada they servce pork! Friendly, efficient
service and a truly relaxed atmosphere round off the experience. Free
Wifi.

Felfela - Sheraton Road, between Safir and Sunrise Holidays hotels
065 344 2411
Enjoy uninterrupted sea views, fascinating local architecture and
foods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available, including favourites
such as fuul (fava beans) and falafel. Perfect for a taste of Egypt.

Hard Rock Cafe - Nawara Centre, Village Road 065 346 5170
A Hard Rock Café that can be found in most major cities with a few
local specials supplementing the lack of pork. Not cheap, but good
quality - ideal for the unadventurous.


Heaven Bistro – Off El Aroosa Square, next to Sea Garden Hotel ,
Sekalla 012 104 2766
Plenty of variety including traditional German dishes (leberkase,
spaetzle) and home-made pastas. The best range of salads in town
and tasty bread. Good quality food and great value, it is a favourite
lunch spot, but lacks atmosphere in the evening. Free WiFi.

Kamuna – Sherry Street, off Sheraton Road, Sekalla
To eat like a real local there is nowhere better than Kamuna. Try a
felafel or fuul (fava bean) sandwich with tehina, salad, and fries for as
little as 1LE. Go on treat yourself – have two!

La Luna - inside Bella Vista Resort, Sekalla 065 344 8691
Second only to Da Nanni and more conveniently located, La Luna
offers Pizza and pasta at reasonable prices. The pizza Bismarck - real
ham (not available in Da Nanni), loads of cheese and an egg on top, is
a firm favourite. Also a wide selection of calzone, pasta and entrees.

Marina Sphinx – Hurghada Marina 012 413 9324
A simple barbecue menu of wholesome food and homemade soups
with cold beer at prices that are extremely reasonable in this glitzy
corner of town. At the north end of the marina, next to HSBC bank.

Papas Bar & Deli - Hurghada Marina 016 094 0292
Having moved from its traditional location in Sekalla, Papas has
remained a landmark venue in its new location. With live music every
week Papas is a favourite with local expats and visitors alike. Cold
beers and a full bar await you. From the Deli you can choose from a
great selection of design-your-own sandwiches.

Shade Bar & Grill – Hurghada Marina
Urban style hits Hurghada in this ultra-modern set up with colour
changing walls where you can enjoy marina views from your bean bag
or bar stool. With a full bar and snacks, or if you stay longer or come
later treat yourself to dinner. Grill selection with a wide variety of side
dishes to choose from, but style doesn’t come cheap!!!

Thai Garden - Siva Grand Beach Resort, Village Road 065 344 8351
One of the most popular restaurants in Hurghada with locals the Thai
Garden has a great location in the gardens of the Siva Grand, with
indoor/outdoor dining. Thai chefs cook dishes from a wide-ranging
menu, including some Chinese-style dishes. Exquisite Oriental décor
and good service. Wontons to start are essential.
Nightlife

Hurghada is rapidly becoming the clubbing capital of Egypt and the
Middle East with clubbers traveling from Cairo, Europe, Asia and
beyond to sample its famous nightlife.

Hedkandi

Hurghada’s newest super-club
comes complete with heated
swimming pool, award-winning
décor, delicious designs and a
crystal-clear sound system all
creating the most stylish
lounge-bar in Africa.

Whether it’s sun-worshiping by
day, enjoying some chic cuisine
in the evening, or clubbing by
night, you’ll find an incredible
atmosphere amongst lush
surroundings at every hour.

Every Sunday there is the Hedkandi pool party (from 2pm until late)
and there are regular events with world-famous DJs.


Ministry of Sound

Previously Papa’s Beach, this is probably the most atmospheric club in
Hurghada. Situated on a sandy beach Ministry has played host to acts
including Marco V, Graham Gold, Brandon Block, Judge Jules, Tall Paul
and old skool kings Ratpack to name but a few.


Calypso

For a slightly different brand of evening entertainment, Calypso,
famous for its Russian female guests, offers a different window onto
Hurghada nightlife. Party the night away from 10pm to 5am in
Hurghada’s sleaziest night spot!
Accommodation
Sea Garden Hotel
A favourite with Emperor Divers’ guests this hotel is situated close to
the heart of downtown Hurghada, overlooking the Hurghada Marina
(where one of our daily boats departs from) and near the old
fisherman's wharf. The Sea Garden is a friendly hotel where the staff
make every effort to welcome the guests. A great place for those
wanting to combine a relaxing holiday along with experiencing the
hustle and bustle of downtown Hurghada.

Grand Azur Horizon Hotel & Resort
Just two minutes walk from Emperor Divers, the Grand Azur Horizon
could not be better placed - and it's only a few minutes stroll from the
shops and restaurants of Sekalla. The hotel has its own private beach
and great views over Giftun Island.

Marriott Beach Resort
Hurghada Marriott Red Sea Resort is another Emperor favourite. It is
an exceptional resort located right on the shoreline. This is a 5-star
hotel with a fine range of facilities. All guest rooms and suites have a
sea view and there is a wide variety of restaurants and bars. Hurghada
Marriott's private island is the perfect place where you can relax while
having a special massage treatment.

Arabia Beach Resort
The Arabia Beach Resort is just five minutes walk from Emperor
Divers. It is also conveniently located for the shops and restaurants of
Sekalla, just a short taxi ride away. The hotel has its own private
beach and stunning views over Giftun Island.

Shedwan Garden Hotel
This charming beach resort located in the heart of downtown Hurghada
has lush gardens, long private beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. This
elegant all-inclusive hotel sits directly on the long, sandy beach, which
is separated into several natural bays. The downtown centre of
Hurghada is just a ten-minute walk away allowing guests to enjoy a
leisurely stroll into town. The other restaurants and shops of Sekalla
can be reached with a 10 minute taxi ride.
Sunrise Holidays Resort Sekalla
Just 10 minutes drive from Emperor Divers is the Sunrise Holidays
Resort. This newly refurbished resort is located close enough to the
bustling centre of Sekalla to walk there but far enough away to avoid
the noise! Private beach, most rooms with sea view and a very friendly
reception!

				
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