Hurghada, known in Egypt as Ghardaga, used to be a nice fishing village. Now, with its crystal clear water, untouched reefs and a multitude of ship wrecks, it has become one of the best Egyptians tourist destinations.
Hurghada is also a expanding city, every year many hotels are opened and also the government is doing everything for making this growing city attractive for the tourist, like for example special zones for pedestrians.
With more than 20 Km of hotels along the beach, Hurghada satisfies the needs of every visitor, from scuba diving to windsurfing to desert safaris. You can choose from the finest 5 stars hotel or simple Guest houses and everything in between.
Today Hurghada is also known as a party town, particularly among Europeans. Locals and others will tell you that life is begins at night in Hurghada with many clubs.
If you visit downtown Hurghada you will find the real Egyptian life. The souvenir shops, local shops and Duty Free shopping malls in the Sekalla district will also tempt you.
Electrical current throughout Egypt is 220 volts. Plug adaptors and current converters can be bought here.
Arabic is the spok. common foreign languages spoken by Egyptians are English, French, German, Italian and some Russian.
The Egyptian pound is dividend in 100 piastres. For your guidance on rate exchange, please refer to any of the official stated rates of exchange at any bank or exchange office. Please note that Banks are close on Fridays and Saturdays.
"baksheesh" (tip) must be justified by some help or service rented. It's advisable to keep a good supply of small change. Even microbus drivers expect a "baksheesh"