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Hurghada ("Gardaga") was just a small fishing city by the Red Sea
until it became the first destination developed as an Egyptian major
Red Sea resort. Today its the largest Egyptian resort city by the
She got a central location by the Egyptian Eastern Desert, with car
it's only three and a half hours drive to Luxor with her monuments
by the Nile (via Safaga) and about five hours drive to Cairo and the
grand pyramids (via Suez). There is an important international
airport here, but most traveling with regular flight come here via
Cairo. With just a fifteen minutes drive from El Gouna, its also a
place frequently visited by those staying in El Gouna's hotels.
Many tours goes from Hurghada and inside the mountain area of the
Eastern Desert where mines back to Pharaonic times are found. On the
way to Cairo is the legendary monasteries of St. Antonius and St.
Macarius. St. Antonius (251 - 356 B.C) is considered the founder of
monasticism in Christianity, so roots back to his cave north of
Hurghada is strong in the Western world. A "key word" here can be
the painting "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" by the truly unique
artist Jheronimus Bosch (1480-1510).
Most famous for those going here, is today still the Red Sea with
its coral reefs, colorful fish life, diving - or just relaxation on
the beach. A tour on the Red Sea is a must, and there are many
islands around you will get to on most tours from Hurghada. The
night life is also a own story here - most hotels have own
entertainment from live music to disco, and restaurants and bars are
found all over the city.
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