It lies 395km south of Suez, and is noted for its magnificent summer
and winter climate. The clarity of its water made it a centre of tourist
attraction especially for divers and practicing water sports because of the
worldwide fame of its coral reefs and rare marine life it enjoys. Visitors can
watch the exquisite underwater marine life through well-equipped glass bottom
Hurghada has a
large number of hotels and tourist resorts of different categories, as well as
well -equipped diving centers offering facilities for aquatic sports, in
addition to restaurants and bazaars.
There is also the
Aquarium which houses the most wonderful marine species especially the mermaid.
National and international fishing contests are held in Hurghada.It is connected
with Luxor by paved road across Safaga / Qena / Luxor. Daily sightseeing tours
to Luxor can be arranged. A cruise service connects Hurghada with Sharm
Al-Sheikh; the cruise takes 90 minutes by ferry.
The Red Sea region
abounds in monuments of the various historical eras.
Pharaonic and Roman antiquities
There is a
collection of Pharaonic inscriptions in Um AL-Fawageer in Wadi El-Hamamat 235km
south Hurghada, in addition to Roman ruins(71 km south of Hurghada),and the
remains of Roman temples in Gabal EI-Dokhan (65km north of Hurghada).
Monastery: on Za’afarana / Koreimat road, 50km north of Za’farana. It
lies at the foot of the mountain below a high hillock overlooking the sea.
This monastery is considered one of the largest and oldest Christian
monasteries as its construction dates back to the 4th century.
Monastery: On the Ra’as Ghareb / Za’afarana road. Its construction
dates back to the end of the 4th century.
One of the most
important Islamic monuments in the east desert is the shrine of Sheikh Abuel
Hassan AL-Shazli, 150km from Marsa Alam City. It dates back to 656 Higri.
The tower of Sultan
Selim in Al Qusseir, 140km south of Hurghada.
Red Sea Isles
There are about 24
isles possessing a plant and ecological environment on the surface.
Most important of
in front of Bernese coast.
*Al-Geftone isle in
front of Hurghada coast.
*Abu Menkar isle in
front of Hurghada Sheraton.
The Red Sea was
created by the movement of plates on the Earth’s surface about 30 million years
ago. At that time, the Arabian Peninsula started to part from Africa along a
thin break line which was filled by the ocean’s water. However, "Mother Nature"
did not stop there.
years ago another geological movement started. The Arabian Peninsula which
parted from Africa started to move to the North. That movement struck resistance
in Turkey and swung to the East, and another break line was formed.
This one stretching
all the way from the Northern part of Israel, through the Jordan Valley to the
Dead Sea, and finally through the Gulf of Aqaba to Ras Mohamad at the Southern
point of the Sinai. The young age of the Gulf of Aqaba is what makes it so deep,
100 meters in Dahab and 1800 meters north of the Straits of Tiran.
On the other hand,
the old Gulf of Suez is relatively shallow, with 85 meters maximum depth. The
Red Sea is still widening at about one half inch per year, the rift is the
youngest region of continental breakup on the planet, allowing geologists to
learn about processes that occurred in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans hundreds
of millions of years earlier.
Diving locations, south of Hurghada
*East of blenda
*Abu –Ramada Grana
coral reef .
*Abu Hasish Island
*West of blenda
Abu-Ramada coral reef .
Diving locations North of Hurghada
*Abu katra coral
*Abu Nahass coral
*Um –Kamar coral
*North of Al-Gefton
*Major Seol coral