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Hurghada - A Modern City With A Special Appeal

 

 

Hurghada is a city situated along Egypt's eastern seaboard. It started as a small fishing village that was established by the Red Sea in the early 20th century. The city has developed relatively fast, with both local and foreign investors taking part in the development. It has turned out to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country because of its special attractions that people can enjoy at any time of the year.

Among the top attractions in Hurghada are its beautiful beaches that stretch for about 35 kilometers.

Hurghada is well known for its water sports, particularly scuba diving. On the northern sections of the Sha'ab Abu Nuhas Reef, you will see some wrecks from the bygone era. In addition to getting the thrill of a lifetime due to the ideal scuba diving spots, you will have the opportunity to see unique underwater reefs and some special marine life. The clear warm water is home to some rare types of fish. This is where you will find some of the best underwater gardens in the world.

If scuba diving is not your forte, you can still enjoy the underwater life from a glass-bottomed boat. You can also take a trip by using a canoe, catamaran or paddleboat. In a number of resorts, you can enjoy parasailing as well. If you still want to enjoy the warm water without scuba diving, you can take part in swimming, snorkeling or surfing, among other water activities.

The fact that Hurghada is a relatively young city does not mean that you will not find some historical landmarks close by. One of them is the site of the Roman Mons Claudianus, which operated for over 200 years. Mons Claudianus was the person who used to provide the Roman empire with gray granite. Another important site from the Roman era is the Mons Porphyrites, which was a quarry complex right within the Eastern desert. The site also gives you the opportunity to explore the ruins of temples, shrines, dwellings, stone baths and fortresses. You may also visit St. Paul and St. Anthony monasteries.

There are also some special museums in Hurghada that you should include in your itinerary. Get a walk-through experience of the underwater life at the Marine Biology Museum. The National Museum, on the other hand, will take you back in history. The museum has four exhibition halls in an area of 22,000 square meters. Learn the history of Egypt from the time of the pharaohs to the Islamic era.

The modern city is itself a lovely place, where you can go from one resort to the other by either passing through a beautiful garden or walking along a well-groomed path due to the interconnected type of architecture used.

There are many shops and markets where you can buy some special items. The local markets are well-known for clothes, carpets, leather and gold. If you want a relatively cheap place to enjoy local cuisine after sight-seeing, then you should head to the Ad-Dahar area where you will find many cheap restaurants.

 



 

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