Budget Travel Ideas in HurghadaEdit This
Though Hurghada is a popular tourism destination in Egypt, visitors may find the lack of amenities and entertainment here a bit disheartening, especially if they are coming from larger cities like Sinai or Cairo. Here the resorts and all-inclusive properties take up much of the landscape and having a budget trip is a bit more challenging than in those locations. However, it can be quite rewarding if you can arrange one and have some room to negotiate in terms of your budget.
Budget Activities in Hurghada
The main source of entertainment in Hurghada is the water. Lined with beaches, Hurghada is a destination for water sport lovers interesting in scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and more. While most of these sports cost a bit of money to participate in, there are several snorkeling outfits that offer inexpensive lifts to the reefs and afternoons of snorkeling as part of a larger group. Inquire at your accommodation for budget water sports if you are interested, and have some money to spare.
Otherwise, Hurghada is a great place to unwind and spend a few days on the beach or strolling through its wide boulevards. When combined with another city tour elsewhere, Hurghada is often a great place to just kick back and relax. If that is the case, you should have no problem sticking to your budget, as you will only have to spend money on food and drinks. Beyond the beach, most activities here require money – some popular Hurghada activities include camel rides, an aquarium, bowling alley and tennis.
Budget Accommodations in Hurghada
Though the coast here is dominated by resorts, the city has several low budget options available for lodging. It is always the tourist season here, but the Christmas and Easter holidays, as well as the Russian vacation time of August and September, are high times for tourism. For budget travel, the winter is when you have to plan for an influx in tourism. Backpackers come from the Nile Valley on their way to Sinai. If you will be traveling during the winter and plan to stay at budget accommodations, be sure to book your hotel well in advance.
Budget Eating and Shopping in Hurghada
For the best value on food, head to the downtown area, or El Dahar, to find a wide selection of Egyptian dining, including small street stall and other inexpensive restaurants. There are many international fast food chains here as well.
There is a traditional Egyptian bazaar in the old downtown area, with many shops selling inexpensive souvenirs. Be prepared to bargain here for good prices. Some popular tourist items from this area include papyrus and shisha pipes.
Though the resort atmosphere here makes a budget traveler have to work a little harder for a deal, savings can be had in Hurghada by planning ahead and exploring some of the inexpensive dining and entertainment options available.
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