In the past 30 years, Hurghada has grown to become one of the most popular holiday cities in Egypt and the Red Sea area. Hundreds of thousands of tourists from Egypt and abroad visit the city of Hurghada every month.
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People all over the world travel Hurghada to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea and the unique atmosphere of the city of Hurghada. There is no place like Hurghada.
Hurghada is best known for its’ crystal clear waters and climate. The weather is good all year round. Together these two make Hurghada one of the best holiday destination, for both sun seekers and sea lovers. Either you are travelling with your family, friends or partner, there is something for everyone.
It’s a holiday destination, where you can spend a whole week inside the luxury resort without leaving the hotel area at all. I don’t recommend this, but it’s possible.
By leaving your hotel resort and going to explore the city of Hurghada, you’ll see and experience a lot. Anything is possible in Hurghada. There is nothing that surprises me there anymore. Seriously, there is no place like Hurghada.
As a city, Hurghada is not very big. According to Wikipedia, there are about 260 000 inhabitants in Hurghada. For example, there are 9,1 million people living in Cairo (population of Egypt is about 90 million.). So, compared to Cairo, Hurghada is a very small city.
What comes to names of the areas, there are lots of different versions and spellings for each part of the city. I assume that it’s because of the translation from the Arabic language. For example, Sakala can be also Sakkala, Sakalla, Saqqala or Saqala. Don’t get confused, if I use different spelling (I’m more confused myself).
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Most of the citizens in Hurghada have moved there from other cities in Egypt to work. Also, there are lots of foreigners working in the tourism industry. Actually, it’s quite hard to find someone, whose family is from Hurghada.
At the ’80s Hurghada was a small fish village. Now it has spread for over 20 kilometres alongside the Red Sea coastline. Who believed this 30 years ago?
The areas in the city of Hurghada are El Mamsha, Sakkala and El Dahar
There are three main areas in the city of Hurghada, where you need to visit on your holiday in Hurghada. All the areas are different from each other and they have their own special features. This is one of the reasons why I love in Hurghada. You never know what to expect.
These three areas are:
El Mamsha promenade (Village roads), Sakkala (Sheraton Street/Road) and El Dahar (Downtown).
The distance between these areas is from 5-10 kilometres. It’s about five kilometres from El Mamsha (Mc Donald’s) to Saqqala/Sheraton Street and also five kilometres from Saqqala/Sheraton Street to El Dahar.
Five kilometres with taxi costs about 20 Egyptian pounds. The distance between El Dahar and El Mamsha is about 10 kilometres. Taxi fare should be max. 40 pounds from El Dahar to El Mamsha or otherwise.
El Mamsha (Village roads, New Hurghada, Promenade)
El Mamsha is the newest area of #Hurghada. it’s also called Village roads, New Hurghada and Promenade. It is the new touristic area in Hurghada, mostly built for tourists.
Many of the popular hotels are located alongside El Mamsha: Siva Grand Beach, Grand Hotel, Sindbad, White Beach, Steigenberger Al Dau and so on.
El Mamsha is a four-kilometre long walking district, where you can shop, drink, eat, play or just relax. The busiest and the most crowded parts of El Mamsha are the end and beginning of it.
There are shops for souvenirs, clothes, shoes and so on along El Mamsha. It’s not the cheapest area to shop in the city of Hurghada, because it’s close to the hotels and tourists. Rents are higher, and tourists have their own special prices.
If you get hungry, you find international and local fast-food restaurants (MC Donald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, GAD). There are also lots of good restaurants there, especially in the beginning in Esplanada mall (Esplanada Sphinx, Magalena).
One of the most popular and iconic nightclubs in Hurghada called Little Buddha is located at the beginning of El Mamsha promenade. At the end of El Mamsha is another popular bar called Papas. Papas bar is not far away from the Hard Rock Cafe. If you are looking for a proper nightclub/bar these are worth visiting.
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Also, many Egyptians spend their free time at Mamsha. In the end, Mamsha is for everyone, not just for tourists. If you want to go for a walk, shop or eat, El Mamsha promenade is perfect a place for it. There are no cars driving around, so it’s safe and easy even with kids and strollers.
For me, Mamsha is too hot in the daytime, but in the evenings it’s a perfect place to go for a walk and relax. If you want to feel hot and get tanned on a cold winter day, go to El Mamsha. It is hot out there. Whether you choose day or night, Mamsha is worth going. Depending on your location, you get there easily by taxi, bus or feet.
El Kawther area next to El Mamsha is also worth visiting.
Sakkala (Sheraton Street/Road)
Sheraton Street or Sheraton Road (Sakkala, Sakala, Saqqala) is one of my favourite areas in Hurghada. It’s a long road filled with shops and restaurants side by side.
It’s also a busy and noisy area, where crossing the road is an experience itself. But I love it. If El Mamsha is for tourists and El Dahar for locals, Sheraton area is a mixture of both of them.
Seagull, Minamark, Bella Vista, El Pacha and Regina Royal resorts are the hotels located on the Sheraton Street.
If you want to have cheap beer and do some shopping Sheraton Road/Sakkala is excellent for it. There are lots of souvenir shops and everything that you as a tourist may possibly need.
Vendors may be a little bit too eager sometimes (most of the time), but try to remember that money doesn’t come easy for them, and competition among workers is really hard. This may help you not to lose your mind after a few minutes walking on Sheraton Street.
If you are not interested in buying anything say: -La Shukran, no thanks in Arabic and keep on walking. It feels harsh, but if you start to chat with everyone, you’ll visit every shop in Sheraton.
If it gets too hard for you, you can always calm yourself with a cold beer or hot coffee, whatever you prefer. There are also few side streets from Sheraton road worth visiting. One of them is Sherry Street. Sheraton is not far away from Marina, where you should absolutely visit.
El Dahar-the old Hurghada
El Dahar is the oldest part of the city of Hurghada. If you want to explore “real Egypt” you must go to visit El Dahar. Take a taxi to El Dahar square and start exploring. In El Dahar most of the inhabitants are Egyptians, but because we are in Hurghada there are lots of foreigners living in El Dahar too.
From these three areas, El Dahar is the cheapest one. If you want to find something cheap, it’s El Dahar where you should. There is the bazaar (souk) area in Dahar, where things can go wild. But don’t worry, the only thing goes wild are the prices. Just remember don’t pay the first price asked.
In El Dahar you are allowed and expected to haggle unless it’s a shop with fixed prices. Have fun!
Read here HOW TO HAGGLE IN EGYPT AND ANYWHERE?
Quality and price go hand in hand, which means that you find lots of cheap China stuff there, but also lots of good authentic Egyptian products.
Last time, when I needed a new dress, I went to El Dahar to shop. In the end, I found a really nice dress for 280 Egyptian pounds (LE.). I am sure the same dress in Mamsha would have been at least 500 Egyptian pounds. So it was absolutely worth going. You never know what you find!
If it gets too hot and you want to shop in the shops with fixed prices. Go to visit Hurghada city centre shopping mall, which is a walking distance away from El Dahar square.
Use a taxi or microbus, leave your hotel resort and go to explore the city of Hurghada. Pack your bag with a good mood and smile! You’ll be surprised, which you go to find. Hurghada has lots to offer. Enjoy!
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