Hurghada: A Different View

Hurghada: A different view of Egypt

Egypt has taken a bit of a battering from the media recently and the events of the last few days are no exception. Actually, most of Egypt is completely safe. Unfortunately, the media have painted a picture of what is in reality just a few specific areas. Even Tahrir Square ; the site of previous demonstrations, is a diminutive part of Cairo: a city with a total population of over 18 million.

On the Red Sea Riviera sits Hurghada where the weather is glorious all year round and you can watch the sun mellow into an ever-changing blaze of neon on the skyline from the comfort of your own balcony. The third largest city in Egypt, its tranquil beaches and incredible diving spots are a world away from more troubled areas.

Hurghada was hardly more than a sleepy fishing village until about 15 years ago, but has been transformed by foreign investment to a fun-loving scuba central. That said a walking through Hurghada’s own national park at Al-Mahmeya, you can still find areas of total peace and relaxation; calling its distant history to mind.

Wandering the streets of El Dahar; Hurghada’s downtown old city, a flavour of its Bedouin past fills the air with bright, cultural street festivals happen throughout the year. Again, steeped in history: the modern, more urban  Bedouins participate and try to engage visitors to teach them of the various Bedouin traditions. Mostly these are poetry recitals and traditional sword dances, which transport you to another time and are stunning to witness. Some classes teach traditional tent knitting and playing customary Bedouin musical instruments. Traditions such as camel riding and camping in the deserts can also be arranged on tours, expeditioning a little out of the city.

 

Many of the area’s resort apartments, such as those at Tiba Nouria offer incredible adventure opportunities, ATMs and swimming pools within the complex. These areas are communities within themselves; offering security and comfort at extremely reasonable prices. Looking for cheap property in Hurghada? Some apartments in this area can be as little as an amazing £6,500 for a small studio – but large enough to sleep in and keep as a base for all your stuff, in-between scuba diving and hitting the nightlife.

 

With its own airport and excellent transport links, the whole Hurghada area is comparable to a smaller, fresher Sharm-El-Sheikh; with a community feel and so much to offer. It’s also one of the cheapest areas out there for property in Egypt.