Places of Interest to Visit In Hurghada
Yearlong sunshine, golden beaches, sites and attractions to explore are some of the things that Hurghada, Egypt has to offer. Situated just by the Red Sea, Hurghada has several places of interest for tourists and adventurers whenever they find themselves in the city. Here are some places of interest, in no particular order, to visit in Hurghada, Egypt.
Hurghada Grand Aquarium
The Aquarium is perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty and sights the sea has to offer without venturing into the water itself. The aquarium is a major place of interest to visit as it gives a really genuine experience of the marine life living in the Red Sea. It also showcases an amazing and beautiful array of different fish and other marine creatures that appeal not just to children but also to adults.
Abdulmoneim Riadh Mosque
An architectural marvel that stands tall on its own, the Abdulmoneim Riadh Mosque is unique in its ability to connect visitors with the daily life and culture of the beach town of Hurghada. Popularly called the ‘Big Mosque’ by town residents, the mosque is a classic piece of Islamic architecture with minarets, domes, arches and hallways that feature delicate Islamic carvings. Situated ideally between the main street and the sea, the Big Mosque’s calls to prayer can be heard daily resonating from within the walls.
The 1001 Nights Show
A daily event held at the open-air theatre of the Fantasia Hotel in Hurghada, the 1001 Nights Show is one that cannot be missed while vacationing in Hurghada. Known locally as the ‘Alf Layla w Layla’, the 1001 Nights Show is an exotic and oriental event that showcases scenes from the times of the Pharaohs, ancient cults and the legend of Scheherezade. These performances also include horse and carriage riding, belly dancing, traditional Nubian music played on drums supported with light and sound effects. All the night’s performances are usually preceded by a traditional Egyptian dinner that transports diners back to Ancient Egypt.
The Red Sea Monasteries
The Red Sea Monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul, Hurghada, are old Christian monasteries dating back to the 4th century AD. Although Egypt is home to many mosques, it is also home to some of the most spectacular Coptic churches in the world. The monastery is considered the holiest site of the Coptic Church in Egypt. A large enclosed complex that includes several chapels, churches, a bakery and garden, the Monastery was built to celebrate Saint Anthony who is the father of monasticism. A hike away from Saint Anthony’s is Saint Paul’s monastery, which was built by hermits who wanted to isolate themselves from the materialism of the world around them.
The Sindbad Submarines
The Sindbad Submarines at the Sindbad Beach Resort, Hurghada, are spectacular tour submarines that take visitors and tourists under the Red Sea for a closer look at the marine wildlife and coral reefs. With specially designed windows geared at maximizing underwater scenery, this is one of the top places of interest to visit.
Straits of Gubal
A narrow strip of water squeezed between the Red Sea Coast and the western shore of the Sinai Peninsula, the Straits of Gubal is one of Hurghada’s, and Egypt’s, chief diving destinations. Famous for its vast coral pinnacles that have proved tricky for seafarers to navigate over the centuries as well as its high number of shipwrecks, the Straits are popular for wreck diving. A WWII cargo ship, The Thistlegorm, is one of the many dive sites often explored in the Straits. Jacques Cousteau, a French diver, discovered the cargo ship in the 1950s.
Gota Abu Ramada
A popular dive site, Gota Abu Ramada, is also known as ‘The Aquarium’, used by many dive operators as a try-dive site for amateur divers. Gota Abu Ramada is a wall dive site that has copious amounts of marine life including clownfish, lionfish, eagle rays, and triggerfish. While amateur divers may not be able to enjoy the sights, professional divers are definitely able to enjoy the underwater sights.
Abu Nuhas Shipwreck Sites are a fantastic diving area just 65 kilometers southeast of Hurghada. The most popular wreck sites that can be explored in Abu Nuhas include Chrisoula K, a Greek ship that sunk in 1981; Kimon M, a German ship that sunk in 1978; and The Carnatic, an English cargo ship that sunk in 1869. The Abu Nuhas shipwrecks, while home to flourishing coral and fish, offer opportunities for divers to explore the amazing remains of relics from another time.
With white sands, a beautiful beach, snorkelling, scuba diving and boat excursions, Giftun Islands are one of the best places of interest to visit. With easily accessible coral reefs surrounding the island shore, Giftun Islands offer a great view for tourists who want to experience the marine life. The Islands also offer stretches of pearl-white sand parasol palm-frond shelters for the less adventurous who just want a quiet day on the beach.
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