When to Go in Hurghada

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Hurghada features a dry and arid climate like most desert regions in the Middle East, however it’s not as flaming hot as other Egyptian cities. The year-round pleasant climate sees tourists from several parts of the country flock here to enjoy the cool breeze of the Red Sea. Here is a guide to the best time to visit Hurghada.

Climate

Summers in Hurghada are an enjoyable time to take off for the beaches and indulge in prolonged tanning sessions, swimming and idle sea-side lounging. Peak summers from June to August see the temperatures rising to an average of 30 degrees Celsius in comparison with 40 degrees Celsius in other neighboring cities like Luxor and Aswan. The temperatures plummet slightly in September to approximately 27 degrees Celsius. For visitors who don’t enjoy traveling during summers, December to March is the ideal time to visit Hurghada. It may not have the cheer and bright buzz of the region’s packed summers, but is nevertheless an attractive time, when temperatures comfortably rest at around 25 degrees Celsius. Temperatures during summer nights drop only slightly. There is a more distinct day, night temperature difference in winters, when the night temperature cascades to 10 degrees Celsius.

Ramadan

Ramadan, the holy fasting month of the Muslims is good time to visit Hurghada, though some businesses, attractions and eateries may work irregular hours. Visitors can witness the religious festivities of the season and gorge on scrumptious meat delicacies and desserts at dusk, when the fast ends. The old streets of the town become shimmering blobs of light and energy and hordes of people huddle in groups to feast on traditional cuisine.

Hurghada International Fishing Festival

The Hurghada International Fishing Festival attracts angling purists from all over the world to compete in prime fishing events. The rich marine ecology of the region gives fishing aficionados several opportunities to lay their hands on the most coveted catches and vie for the winner’s trophy. The event is held in February every year.

Coptic Christmas

The Egyptian Christmas is held in the first week of January, when the town acquires a nice celebratory air with an almost carnival-like atmosphere. Hordes of Christians move out of their homes for attending Mass and then indulge in festivities and week-long revelry. The occasion also marks the end of a forty-three day fast.

The best time to visit Hurghada depends on visitor’s climatic preferences and interest in various activities. While some tourists enjoy the peak summers and Ramadan in September, others like the more cool and breezy appeal of the city from December to March, when a few sporting events and Christmas is celebrated in Hurghada.

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