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Hurghada is where the Red Sea adventure all began. Travellers were coming here before there was an international airport; the 3-4 hour transfer from Luxor was worth it. Now it is a well established resort for kitesurfers, divers and sun worshippers with the airport only 10 minutes away.There is wind throughout the year, with some of the best in the summer. It is also very popular in winter as it is a good break from the British climate. The original fishing village has now been built up into an international resort with many hotels stretching along the coast to the north and south of the town. It is worth a visit to the old part of town at Sakalla where you will find the real Egypt.
A shallow launch that reaches 5m into the lagoon guarantees a good start here into a perfect flat water area. Beyond the bay, with the wind blowing cross shore from the left, you will find a classic swell of 1m. The large beach is also particularly appropriate for learning to kitesurf with plenty of space downwind. Lying on the windward side of the bay, beginners will appreciate having the larger part of the bay in front of them without having to tack. Stocked with the latest Fanatic boards and Arrows rigs, the centre is only 15m from the water. PW also offer an excellent Move On instruction programme teaching techniques from beginners through to advanced surfers.
The wind in the Red Sea is created by the difference in temperature between the land and sea. In Hurghada this is accelerated by the mountain range and more by Giftun Island offshore. It will generally pick up during the day and can often start early and sometimes blow all day. In the summer months, from May to Oct, the average wind is around 18 knots with the afternoons sometimes getting up to 25 / 30 (especially in September)! In the winter it is mostly big kite weather (14 - 16's).
Hurghada offers a variety of excursions, tours and day trips to the interior of this fascinating country. Egypt is probably the world's oldest civilization having emerged from the Nile Valley around 3,100 years ago. This "Gift of the Nile", as described by Herodotus, boasts a longer recorded history than any other country on earth. A country of legends and mysteries; the birthplace of ancient civilization with a third of the world's most magnificent and awesome monuments and treasures. With a wealth of destination knowledge and travel industry experience, we specialise in tailor made tours so please ask for an special itinerary to take in specific tour / sightseeing.
There is some nightlife in downtown Hurghada. As well as bars and restaurants, the bazaar is bustling in the evenings. It is also worth checking out which night Papas has live bands.
UK / EU passport holders should have a full 10 year passport valid until at least 6 months after date of return. Other passport holders please check with Egyptian Embassy (020 7235 9777). You will require a full Egypt visa for entry into Hurghada. The easiest way to get it is on arrival at Hurghada Airport where it will cost £12. It can also be obtained in advance from the Egyptian Embassy at a cost of £15 - £20.
There are no compulsory inoculations if travelling from the UK but we recommend to check with your GP for the latest advice.