Known for being one of the best places to scuba dive in the world, this popular beach resort on the Red Sea has come a long way from its origins as a fishing village - although it still has an atmospheric Old Town and plenty of local flavour. Fly to Hurghada from Glasgow Airport and discover a year-round family-friendly destination with miles of soft white sand, turquoise seas and adventure activities galore, plus a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene.
Diving into the deep
Coral reefs teeming with marine life along with clear and calm waters make Hurghada the ideal place to learn scuba diving. Experienced divers are well catered for too, with the Abu Nuhas reef offering four different shipwrecks from different eras to explore. There are also further-flung sites accessible by boat, and shallow coral gardens to snorkel in; other watersports on offer include windsurfing, sailing and jet skiing.
Feasting and drinking
When it comes to nightlife, the bustling Marina is where you’ll find upscale restaurants, cocktails and sports bars, and the beachfront offers open-air restaurants and nightclubs, where you can dance on the sand under the stars. There’s plenty of international fare on the menu, particularly seafood, but look out for local specialities such barbecued kebabs and falafel, plus tagines, succulent stews cooked in a clay pot.
Experience Local life
A number of water parks make for a great day out for kids, but for a complete change of scenery, the souk in the old town is a great place to explore as well as pick up souvenirs. Day trips include excursions into the eastern Sahara desert, where you can ride quad bikes, ride a camel and visit a Bedouin village. You can even do a day trip to Luxor to visit the temples, followed by a boat ride on the Nile River.