TOP THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA EGYPT FROM A-Z

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Looking for things to do in Hurghada Egypt? Here is a list from A-Z that covers almost everything you can do in Hurghada.


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WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA?

There are multiple choices for things you can do in Hurghada on your holiday. Whether you are travelling with kids, friends or alone, there are things to do for everyone in Hurghada. 

Some of the things to do in this list are free and some cost money. Read the list and be inspired, for sure there is something you couldn’t imagine doing.

You decide what’s the best thing for you to do in Hurghada!

Most of the travel agencies sell popular trips, but you can also buy trips and excursions from Hurghada. If you prefer buying your excursion beforehand, you can purchase them through my blog/website. 

If you decide to purchase excursion through the links on my site, I’ll get a small commission. For you, this doesn’t cost any extra. All affiliate links are marked with ***

Before buying any excursions, make sure you or the company has insurance covering possible accidents. 

TOP THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA EGYPT

ALF LEILA WA LEILA-ARABIAN NIGHTS SHOW

For the ones interested in culture and folklore stories. The show seems to be quite pricey and there are lots of different opinions about it. Some say it’s worth going, others don’t recommend.

If you are interested in music, dance, fantasy and history, this show may be the thing for you to try on your holiday to Hurghada.

ATV, QUAD BIKING & BEACH BUGGIES SAFARI

Beautiful landscapes in the desert near Hurghada. Quad biking safari Hurghada Egypt.
Beautiful landscapes in the desert near Hurghada.

One of the most popular things to do in Hurghada is to take a safari trip to the desert with quad bikes (ATV). You get to drive ATVs in the desert, drive a spider buggy and if you choose a longer trip, you get to know and visit Bedouin village and barbeque. 

I did myself 3-hours desert safari trip (you can read more quad biking experience from this post:

HURGHADA EXCURSIONS | QUAD BIKING SAFARI

NOTE! Children under 16-years old are not allowed to drive the vehicles.

Remember to make sure that your insurance covers driving ATV’s and quad bikes.

BARS & CLUBS

One of the things to do in Hurghada, that you may be regretting afterwards is going to Bars and Nightclubs. I don’t mean that nightlife in Hurghada is horrible, but you may get a hang-over from Hurghada. 

If the drinks are made from local Egyptian Vodka, you may suffer from the worst hangover of your life. So, be prepared!

HERE IS A GUIDE TO HURGHADA NIGHTLIFE.

NEXT: BLUE MOON ANIMAL CENTER HURGHADA



BLUE MOON ANIMAL CENTER HURGHADA

When walking around Hurghada you’ll see lots of stray cats and dogs. This is the big problem in all over Egypt. 

Luckily, there are Blue Moon Animal Center in Hurghada, which takes care of the street dogs and cats for free.

You can visit Blue Moon Animal Center on Tuesdays and Sundays from 9.30-12.00. Here is a link from google maps, to see the location.

More information: Blue Moon Animal Center on Facebook.

CRAZY LAND PARK-HIDDEN GEM OF SHERATON STREET

Entrance to an amusement park in HUrghada Egypt
Entrance to Crazy Land Park Hurghada Egypt.

There is a small amusement park on Sheraton Street called Crazy Land Park. If you have been walking on Sheraton Street, you may have noticed the park. It took me very long to get the courage and take a closer look at the park. I’m happy I went in.

Even, I didn’t take any ride, it was a very exciting experience. The rides looked like they weren’t maintained very well, so I didn’t dare to try them. Neither should you, or anyone. But still, the place is worth seeing. The entrance cost only a few pounds and I was happy to pay for it.

If you are travelling with the kids, maybe it’s not the best idea to take them to see the park- They’ll be very disappointed if they aren’t allowed to try the rides.

NEXT: EXPLORE THE CITY WITH MICROBUS



DRIVE AROUND THE CITY WITH MICROBUS

Everyone visiting Egypt should try a microbus. It’s one of the funniest and cheapest things to do in Egypt. The ride costs only a few Egyptian pounds.

Microbuses are a fast and easy way to move around Hurghada.

Read more: HOW TO USE A MICROBUS IN HURGHADA.

SOME OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA ARE TOTALLY FREE.

EXPLORE EL DAHAR

All of these things to see and experience in El Dahar are located around El Dahar Square. El Dahar square in Arabic midan Dahar is the heart of El Dahar. Everything is a walking distance away from it. When you go to visit Dahar, ask a taxi, uber or careem to take you to El Dahar Square (Midan Dahar). Last time I paid 30 Egyptian pounds for Uber from the beginning of Sheraton Street to El Dahar square. If you take a microbus El Dahar square is the last stop. Microbus costs 2 Egyptian pounds from Sheraton to Dahar.
El Dahar square, Hurghada, Egypt.

El Dahar is the oldest part of Hurghada city. Exploring El Dahar is a thing to do itself. Explore the souk, haggle in the Bazaar and buy fresh vegetables from the fruit and vegetable market. 

Among shopping in the souk, there are lots of other things to do in El Dahar. visiting Hurghada Coptic Church is one of them. Visiting the church is free and recommend. Here is also my video from El Dahar.

READ MORE ABOUT EL DAHAR AND HURGHADA COPTIC CHURCH.

EAT EGYPTIAN FOOD

One of the best things to do on holiday is eating. This is my favourite thing to do, everywhere! On holidays you can eat almost anything, without feeling guilty. Try Egyptian food and enjoy the other best restaurants in Hurghada Egypt. 

Koshari is one of the must try foods in Egypt
Image: Dina Said (Wikipedia Commons) Egyptian Kushari or koshari, made of rice, macaroni, and lentils, topped with a spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar, garnished with chickpeas and fried onions

The best Egyptian food in Hurghada is served in Dar Darak Restaurant. The restaurant is located close to Sheraton Road. Don’t let the location confuse you. It’s safe to go to the side streets and enjoy authentic Egyptian food.

If you want to get to know Egyptian fast food try GAD restaurants. You’ll find at least four GAD restaurant in Hurghada. They serve everything from Falafels to burgers.

Read more FOOD IN EGYPT | EGYPTIAN DISHES MUST TRY

NEXT: ESCAPE ROOM HURGHADA

ESCAPE ROOM HURGHADA

EL MAMSHA ESPLANADA MALL 2ND FLOOR

Escape rooms are perfect places to go with the small bunch of people. In Escape roam Hurghada is for 2-7 people at a time. The Escape room is a place where you play the escape game. The idea of the game is to play together with friends, couples or other small groups of people and solve the mystery to get out from the ESCAPE ROOM.

One game last maximum of 60 minutes. If you solve the mystery earlier, the door will be opened. And don’t panic, though the doors are locked you can always leave the room in case of emergency. If you didn’t find your way out of the room in 60 minutes, you’ll be set free anyway.

There are four different themed game rooms in Hurghada Escape Room. If it’s your first visit to Escape room, start from the easiest one and play a more difficult room later.

If you looking for things to do in Hurghada for a couple or group of friends, the Escape room is an excellent choice. More info from their website: https://escaperoomhurghada.com

FELFALA BEACH-OLD SHERATON ROAD HURGHADA

THE BEST SEA VIEW IN HURGHADA

Sit down and admire the beautiful sea view. One of the most photographed places in Hurghada must be Felfala beach. Felfela beach is located in Old Sheraton road between Sheraton road and El Mamsha. The name of the palace comes from the old restaurant called Felfala. 

Old Felfela restaurant in Hurghada Egypt.
Felfela used to be one of the most popular restaurants in Hurghada Egypt.

The restaurant used to be one of the most popular restaurants in Hurghada. Unfortunately, it’s not open anymore.

Felfela beach is located under the small hill, opposite to Granada restaurant. The view from up to the beach and the sea is amazing.

Going down to Felfala beach is actually forbidden, but people still sneak to the beach. When you look down from the up, you see many people swimming and spending time down there.

I recommend you to admire the sea from up instead of going down to the beach on your own. If you decide to go down to the beach, you do it with your own responsibility.

Some people also fish from the Felfala beach. If you are interested in FISHING there is a change to book a fishing trip. Same companies that offer boat trips offer a chance to fish from the boats.

You can see the sea and felfala from behind the fence.

DRIVE A GOLF CART SAHL HASHEESH

Sahl Hasheesh piazza is breath taking.
Piazza in Sahl Hasheesh Egypt.

Sahl Hasheesh is a stunning resort town about 20 km away from Hurghada. You can’t find a place like Sahl Hasheesh from anywhere else. It’s a very peaceful and beautiful resort city, filled with luxury hotels. 

The architecture and the city itself are very unique and totally worth seeing. The most memorable way to explore Sahl Hasheesh is to rent a golf cart. Golf carts are rented by hourly.

VISIT HURGHADA GRAND AQUARIUM

Best place to explore underwater life without going under the water is Hurghada Grand Aquarium. Hurghada aquarium is a good place to visit on a cold winter day. 

Shark feeding show daily at 11.00 and 15.00 in hurghada gran aquarium.
Hurghada Grand Aquarium shark feeding show.

Among seeing underwater life, there are other things to do, especially for the kids. There is a playground, bedouin tent, possibility to ride a camel and you can even dive to tanks and feed the sharks.

I’ve been writing about my visit to Hurghada Grand Aquarium. Read it here:

IS HURGHADA AQUARIUM WORTH VISITING?

HIKING IN RED SEA MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Red Sea mountain trail has been opened in 2019. It’s 170 kilometres long path, which usually takes 10 days to complete. 

You hike with local guides from the Beduin tribes. There are also easier and shorter options if you wish to hike a shorter path. 

More information: https://www.redseamountaintrail.org/

HORSEBACK RIDING IN HURGHADA

Do you want to ride on the beach to sunset? That’s possible to do in Hurghada. There are about ten horse stables in Hurghada who arrange riding trips and classes. 

Here are few, you can contact them all on facebook and ask more details:

SUNNY HORSE STABLE

HORSE RIDING HURGHADA

DESERT HORSE STABLE

HURGHADA MUSEUM

Hurghada Museum has been opened at the beginning of March 2020. The museum is located in the Intercontinental area, close to Hilton Hurghada Resort hotel (location in Google maps.)

There are six departments in the museum from Pharaonic age to Modern Egypt. The building has two floors, one is for the museum and the other for commercial use.

The tickets cost 200 Egyptian pounds for adults, children under 6-years old and foreign students (documentaries required) pay 100 EGP. For the Egyptians, the entrance fee to Hurghada Museum is 80 EGP/adults and 40 EGP children/students.

Hurghada Museum is open daily from 10.00 am till 02.00 pm (14.00) and from 05.00 pm (17.00) until 11.00 pm (23.00). The commercial area is open from 10.00 am until 11.00 pm (23.00).

More information about the museum from this article (in English). Hurghada Museum official website.

IMPRESS THE OTHERS IN HURGHADA BOWLING CENTER

Hurghada Bowling Center is located in El Kawther area. It’s easy to find and most of the taxis know where it is. Bowling Center offers things to do from kids to elderly.

Inside Hurghada Bowling center
Hurghada Bowling Center is located in Bowling Street in El Kawhter area

Among with the bowling, there is a restaurant, cafe, a playing area for kids and games for adults as well.

Read here more details about Hurghada Bowling Center:

THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA-HURGHADA BOWLING CENTER

JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUPS

Join Hurghada related Facebook groups to get information about What’s going on in the city. And don’t forget to follow lifebeyondex-Hurghada blog on Facebook.

KIDZO PLAYING AREA IN SENZO MALL

While parents and other adults go shopping in Senzo mall, there are things for kids to do. Kids can enjoy themselves in Kidzo playing area. The entrance to KIDZO playing area is free, but if you want to use the games and other activities, you must buy a card where you can charge credit. 

The first time you have to charge a card at least for 50 Egyptian pounds, after that you can charge any amount of money.

There are lots of games and other machines for kids to enjoy themselves.

NEXT: KITESURFING IN HURGHADA EGYPT

KITESURFING IN HURGHADA

Kitesurfing is an activity for the ones who love activities in the sea. There are many Kitesurfing Center around Hurghada. They offer Kitesurfing courses and lessons from the beginners to more experienced ones.

Here is a video of Kitesurfing in Hurghada (Soma Bay) for the ones who are not familiar with the sports.

And here is a list of well-known Kitesurfing schools in Hurghada Egypt.

KITE SCHOOL EGYPT Lessons from 135€ (3 Hours for the beginners).

PLAYKITE Lessons from 45 USD (1 Hour).

HARRY NASH WINDSURF & KITE CENTERS Prices on request.

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LAYING DOWN ON THE BEACH

One thing you are going to do in Hurghada for sure is laying on the beach.

From the city and its surroundings, you’ll find tens of beaches where to lay down.

There are no free public beaches in Hurghada, though most of the hotels have their own private beach for guests to use.

Read more: THE BEST BEACHES IN HURGHADA EGYPT

MARINA

View from Hurghada Marina.
Hurghada New Marina in the evening.

Hurghada new Marina isn’t that new anymore, but it’s still one of the places must visit in Hurghada. If the nights are getting bored, go to explore Hurghada Marina. More about Hurghada Marina from this post.

There you can see the biggest boats, stroll without being harassed by taxis and enjoy food, drinks or coffee. Whatever you like.

GIFTUN ISLANDS: MAHMAYA, PARADISE & ORANGE BAY

One of the most popular excursions Hurghada Egypt is definitely a boat trip to Giftun Islands. Giftun Island is an island close to Hurghada about 1-hour boat trip (depends on a beach). 

It has three beaches/areas called MAHMYA, PARASIDE AND ORANGE BAY. 

Paradise Island Hurghada Egypt
Paradise Island.

A day trip to the island costs about Egyptian pounds and include lunch, snorkelling and beach entrance. The trip starts in the morning and you come back around 3.00 (pm).

There are different variations, you can either spend the all-day in the islands or visit Island for a few hours and the rest of the day at the sea snorkelling or diving from the boat.

Here are a few examples of the most popular excursion to Giftun Islands, Paradise Island and Orange Bay. 

These links below are affiliate links (marked with ***). In case you book your trip to Islands or anywhere through these links, I’ll get a small commission. For you, this doesn’t cost any extra.

ORANGE BAY SNORKELING TRIP WITH LUNCH***

Duration for seven hours, pick up between 7:30-8.00 am.

Includes lunch & soft drink on the board, use of snorkelling equipment and assistance. More info from the link above.

GIFTUN ISLANDS SNORKELING TRIP WITH LUNCH***

Duration for 9 hours. Includes pick-up and drop-off, lunch, soft drinks, mineral water & guide assistance. A Change to see the dolphins. More info from the link above.

MAGAWISH & GIFTUN ISLANDS FULL DAY SNORKELING TRIP***

Duration for 9 hours. Includes two snorkelling spots on the Red Sea and visit Giftun Islands. More info from the link above.

The best time to take these trips is from March to December. If you book your trip for a cold and windy day, don’t forget to pack warmer clothes with you. My friends went to the sea trip last January and they were freezing all day. You have been warned!

NEXT: MINI EGYPT PARK & SAND CITY HURGHADA

MINI EGYPT PARK & SAND CITY HURGHADA

Both Mini Egypt and Sand City Hurghada are outdoor “museums” where you can see miniatures of famous buildings and monuments made of sand and other materials.

MINI EGYPT PARK is located in MAKADI BAY area, about 30 minutes away from Hurghada International Airport. It’s open 10.00 am to 07.00 (19.00) pm.

If you book your ticket to Mini Egypt Park from their website, the price includes pick-up. From Hurghada, a ticket with a pick-up for Adults is 20 €. Unfortunately, they don’t have a decent price list from their website.

Here is a video from the park, in case you are interested to take a look around.

SAND CITY HURGHADA is located in the hotel area close to Senzo Mall. It’s open daily from 09.00 am to 05.00 (17.00) pm. They have big sculptures made of sand from Sponge Bob to Sphinx. I didn’t find the prices for Sand City Hurghada from their websites. But I found information that it cost 10 USD to get in. Here is a link to their website, if you want to take a closer look. 

MOVIE THEATRES IN HURGHADA

Watching a movie is always a good thing to do in Hurghada and anywhere. Especially if you’ve burned yourself in the sun and looking for a place to hide from the sun. 

There are two movie theatres in Hurghada. One in Hurghada City Center Shopping mall, that shows English movies and the other in Sheraton Road (Sea Gull Movies) that shows only Egyptian/Arabic movies. Whether you choose, both are experiences.

Hurghada city center shopping mall
Hurghada city center shopping mall.

NEGOTIATE-HAGGLE ABOUT THE PRICES

The most authentic thing to do in Hurghada is to haggle. Haggling is a part of the culture and expected. If you’re unfamiliar with haggling take a look at my guide for HAGGLING IN EGYPT AND ANYWHERE

WITH KIDS: OASIS MOTHERS CLUB IN EL KAWTHER

There are not too many playgrounds in Hurghada. For sure your hotel resort may have one, but if not you can always visit Oasis Kids Club in El Kawther area close to El Mamsha.

Oasis Mothers Club is open daily and is located downstairs of Regency Towers Compound. 

Here is a link to their facebook pages to take a closer look

If you are staying in El Gouna, there is an indoor playing area for kids called Cheeky Monkeys. More information here.

PROMENADE EL MAMSHA

Mamsha promenade in hurghada Egypt
Mamsha is one of the best places to stroll in Hurghada

Stroll around the Mamsha. El Mamsha in four kilometres long walking district, from where you find shops and restaurants. It’s a perfect place for a nice evening stroll. 

For the kids, there are small cars for rent to drive around. Be careful with this, you may have to spend lots of time there.

HAVE AN  EGYPTIAN COFFEE & SHISHA IN A LOCAL COFFEE SHOP

One of the most local things to do in Hurghada is to sit down to a local coffee shop. You find a coffee shop around every corner.

Sit down, enjoy Egyptian coffee and smoke shisha. Most of the coffee shops have their own Shisha masters. There are many tobacco flavours to choose from. 

In Hurghada and other tourist resorts, coffee shops are open for everyone. Even most of the customers are men, women are welcomed to enjoy the beverages.

Egyptians have their coffee from the small cups. The taste is quite different from Nescoffee. This is why you should absolutely taste Egyptian coffee.

NEXT: SCUBA DIVING IN HURGHADA

SCUBA DIVING IN THE RED SEA

S is definitely for SCUBA DIVING. The Red Sea is one of the most popular places in the world among scuba divers. Scuba divers all around the world come to enjoy Egypt and it’s amazing diving spots. There are millions of brilliant choral and fishes waiting for you in the red sea.

Here is a full list of Hurghadas’ diving sites:

http://divescover.com/dive-sites/egypt/hurghada

If you wish to start or try diving in Hurghada, it’s quite affordable compared to many other countries. Whether you are beginners or a more experienced diver, there are lots to explore in the Red Sea.

The add above is an affiliate link ***

SNORKELLING IN THE RED SEA

If you don’t mind scuba-diving, you can still peak to Red Sea underwater life. The snorkeling facilities in Hurghada are amazing. You won’t find a hotel from Hurghada centre with chorals close to the beach, but you can always book a boat trip.

If you wish to stay in a hotel with beach access to coral reefs, take a look at the hotels in Sahl Hasheesh. There is also an artificial underwater snorkeling site built in Sahl Hasheesh. 

TO READ MORE ABOUT SAHL HASHEESH AND ITS’ HOTELS CHECK THIS POST: SAHL HASHEESH | A GEM OF THE RED SEA

WAKEBOARDING AT SLIDERS CABLE PARK IN EL GOUNA

The coolest place in El Gouna is probably The Sliders cable park. There you can wakeboard, enjoy the pool, visit their a unique aquapark or restaurant services. 

I wish I have the courage to visit there someday. It looks so cool and also hard. Check their website and this video to see what I mean. Sliders Cable Park is located in El Gouna about 25 kilometres away from Hurghada. It’s open every day from 9.30 am to 06.00 (18.00) pm.

SLIDERS AQUAPARK IN EL GOUNA

In Elgouna next Sliders Cable Park, you have a chance to visit the most unique aquaparks in the world. Sliders aquapark is a unique floating aquapark. It’s open daily from 09.00 am to 06.00 (18.00) am. 

One hour costs 12 € for adults and 8 € for children under 16 years old.

Two hours costs 18 € for adults (+16) and 12 € for children.

More information: https://www.slidersaquapark.com/

NEXT: SHOPPING IN HURGHADA

SHOPPING AROUND THE CITY

Who wouldn’t like to shop around on their holidays? When I was younger, it was the only thing I wanted to on my holiday. That’s not me anymore, but I admit that shopping on a holiday is not that bad. 

In Hurghada, there are lots of things to buy and places to shop.

The biggest shopping area in Hurghada is Sheraton Road, from where you find everything from spices to fake design clothes, bags and shoes.

If you want to shop in the air-conditioned shopping center there are two of them in Hurghada. One is about 10 kilometres away from the city center (Senzo Mall). The other is in Arabia area, next to Hilton Hotel (Hurghada city center shopping mall).

To read more check this post: THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP IN HURGHADA EGYPT

SUBMARINE

In Hurghada, you have a chance to experience the real Submarine. You can book your submarine excursion from Sindbad Hotel in El Mamsha. 

There is also Glass boat excursion sold in Hurghada, which can also be a nice experience. But, if I could choose, I would definitely go with a submarine.

If you are claustrophobic the submarine is probably the best place to go.

VISIT EL GOUNA

El Gouna is one of the most beautiful places in Red Sea area.
El Gouna, Egypt.

El Gouna is another Red Sea resort close to Hurghada. You can easily take a one day trip to El Gouna.  For the kids, El Gouna has an Indoor playing area called Funky Monkey. There is a marina and “city center” downtown to explore. 

Both have lots of restaurants, clubs and bars to try. Stroll in the Marina and see the biggest yatches in the Red Sea. Rent a bicycle and drive around the city.

More about El Gouna: EL GOUNA | AN ULTIMATE GUIDE

AQUA PARKS IN HURGHADA

The best thing to do for the whole family in Hurghada is definitely Water Park.

Jungle Aquapark, Makadi Bay Water World & Sindbad are probably the most popular ones in the area. There are other ones as well.

Most likely, you’ll get the tickets cheaper if you buy them straight from the water parks. You just need to arrange transportation yourself. A day ticket usually covers all-inclusive facilities (eg. food, drinks, entrance).

Jungle Aquapark is one of the biggest water parks in Hurghada Egypt. It is located close to Senzo Mall, about 10 kilometres away from the city center (Airport). 

It has lots of pool and 35 slides (21 for adults and 14 for kids). You can visit aquapark for a day. The price is approximately 40 $ USD, in case you book the ticket through a tour operator. 

Here is a link to a video from Jungle Aquapark, looks amazing right?

MAKADI BAY WATER WORLD

Makadi Bay water world is the biggest aqua park close to Hurghada. It’s located in Makadi Bay area, about 30 kilometres away from Hurghada. It’s a little bit far away, but if you are the water parks lover, you should visit Makadi Bay Aquapark. 

There are about 50 slides for both adults and children. More information from TripAdvisor

SINDBAD AQUA PARK

Sindbad Aquapark is the smallest and also the cheapest aqua parks in the area. It’s located in El Mamsha, close to everything. If you are travelling with small kids, Sindbad may be the best choice for you. The pool for kids is nice and the park itself isn’t too big. More information and pictures from Tripadvisor. 

ALL IN ALL, THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA EGYPT, RIGHT? 

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