Diving, golf and lots of fun for all the family in Hurghada
Fresh off the flight to Hurghada, sunshine and blue skies welcome the new arrivals to the Red Sea. Every day of the year. For divers, golfers and families, there’s nothing to beat the Hurghada region. Things don't close down for the winter here.
Fun on the water for young and old alike
Fine sandy beaches stretch for miles along the water. Palm trees rustle lightly in the gentle breeze. Situated on the western coast of the Red Sea, the former fishing village of Hurghada has long since emerged as a lively holiday region. Sand, sea and sun all combine here to create a paradise for families. The long beaches and calm waters are perfect for splashing around, swimming, playing and building sandcastles. Many of the hotels offer a child-minding service with entertainers. Early in the morning, the mountain ranges and ocean are bathed in the red light of the rising sun. Long ago, it was the seafarers of the ancient world who were entranced by this prospect. Nowadays, it is mostly divers on their first trip of the day who are up to witness the fascinating spectacle. Unique underwater landscapes are also waiting here for divers and snorkellers to discover. No one wading from the beach into the tranquil waters has very far to swim. In no time, swarms of brightly-coloured fish flit past, and the first banks of coral come into view. Divers can look forward to encountering dolphins at the coral reefs of Shaab El Erg. Rays, moray eels, boxfish and turtles romp in the clear waters round the coral reefs of the island of Abu Hashish and many other places.
Diversity of hotels in El Gouna, Makadi and Soma Bay
The popular holiday destination of Hurghada is growing fast. A little to the north lies the modern complex of El Gouna. Built in the style of a true town of the Orient, this lagoon city with its shops, bars, restaurants, discos and cafes hugs the yacht marina and the sea. To get from the airport to the long sandy beaches and 18-hole golf course takes no more than half an hour. Diversion is also provided by a go-cart track, a crazy golf course and several tennis courts.
To the south of Hurghada are Makadi Bay, with its long sandy beach, and Soma Bay. Surrounded on three sides by the sea, the Soma peninsula is the ideal location for all water sports fans. The constant wind creates perfect conditions for kite surfers, wind surfers and sailors. And, for golfers, Soma Bay also offers the only links course to have so far been built in Egypt.
Teeing off in the desert
The white golf ball flies over the luxuriant green of the fairway to the next hole, whilst the level expanse of the Red Sea glitters turquoise. Famous golf course designers, such as Gary Player, John Stanford, Gene Bates and Fred Couples, have designed 18-hole golf courses directly next to the sea in El Gouna, Soma Bay and Makadi. The numerous bunkers, real sand dunes, water obstacles and wind make the courses a serious challenge even for golfers with low handicaps. At certain times of the year, some hotels even offer unlimited green fees. And, if you have ever considered trying out the game with the white ball, you’re in the right place. Golfing novices big and small will find numerous courses and practice opportunities at the golf schools.
The unique culture of Luxor and Cairo
The Hurghada region is also ideally placed for a trip to see the unique landmarks that bear witness to ancient Egyptian culture. Many hotels and local travel agents offer excursions to Luxor and Cairo. A coach trip from Soma Bay to the world famous sights of Luxor takes only about three hours. Here it is that feluccas with billowing white sails plough their way down the Nile; on the far shore, the mountains of the Valley of the Kings and the tombs of the Pharaohs rise into the sky. In Luxor you can stroll down the riverside promenade to the mighty temple complex of Karnak. The day trip from Hurghada to Cairo usually sets out in the middle of the night, arriving in the Egyptian capital in time for breakfast. On a guided tour in the Egyptian Museum, visitors can marvel at the death mask of Tutankhamen. There then follows a boat trip on the Nile, which passes the impressive sights of the city silhouetted against the sky before setting out for the pyramids of Giza. The next day can then be happily spent back on the beach at Hurghada telling tales of these unique experiences.
With SunExpress to Hurghada:On Wednesday, Sunday or Monday from Berlin Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart.