If Alexandria is called the jewel of the Mediterranean, Hurghada is perhaps the jewel of the Red Sea in Egypt. With a marvelous location in a distinctive area overlooking the best beaches of the Red Sea, Hurghada is a famous diving, snorkeling, and water sports’ resort in Egypt that succeeded to grab the attention of the whole world.
The History and Establishment of Hurghada
The word Ghardaqa, the name of Hurghada in Arabic, originated probably from the world Ghardaq, which is a type of plant that used to grow in Hurghada since ancient times. Some historians noted that Hurghada was a center for ships and fishermen coming from Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. They used to meet in this area rich with the Ghardaq plant more than 200 years ago.
Historical records assert that Hurghada was established around the beginning of the 20th century in 1905. During this period, the city consisted of primitive houses where the Bedouins lived and worked in fishing and searching for pearls.
During the ruling period of King Farouk, a royal rest-house was founded for the king and his family. In 1913, the first petroleum well was discovered in Hurghada which took the city to a whole new level.
The Location of Hurghada
Hurghada is located on the West Coast of the Red Sea. The city is considered the capital of the Red Sea Governorate. Ras Ghareb is located 143 kilometers to the North of Hurghada and Safaga situated around 60 kilometers to the South. The whole Eastern borders of Hurghada are occupied by the shores of the Red Sea that extend for more than 45 kilometers.
Hurghada is located 453 kilometers to the South East of Cairo, 309 kilometers to the North East of Luxor, and 678 kilometers to the South East of Alexandria
Interesting places and things to do in Hurghada
Hurghada developed and evolved over the years to become one of the largest and most renowned Red Sea resort all over the world. Tourists from everywhere around the globe visit Hurghada for its magnificent sandy beaches and the best diving and snorkeling spots all over the world.
Hurghada also host a large number of exotic nightspots include the famous Alf Leila Wa Leila that offers distinctive oriental entertainment experience. The city has all what it takes for a wonderful vacation for all family members and all age groups.