Founded in the early 20th century, Hurghada has gone on to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international center for aquatic sports. flit takes place in or on the water you can do it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but, above all, snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world – justifiably famous amongst divers.
Take a day-trip to Giftun Island for snorkelling and a fish barbecue; view the ocean through a glass-bottomed boat or in a submarine. When you’re not in the sea you can shop in the boutiques, relax in the luxury holiday villages, visit the Aquarium or the Roman remains at nearby Gebel Abu Dukhan. Day- trips or safaris to explore the Red Sea Mountains by camel or jeep are also available
St. Anthony’s Monastery and its neighbor St. Paul’s are the oldest monasteries in Egypt. Hidden deep in the Red Sea Mountains and relying on springs for their water supply, both still observe rituals that have hardly changed in 16 centuries. They are accessible by special tours from Cairo, Suez or Hurghada and a stay in either monastery can be arranged in advance.
St Anthony’s was founded in 356 AD, just after the saint’s death. Today it is a set-contained village with gardens, a mill, a bakery and five churches with exceptional wall paintings and icons. There is also a library with over 1700 handwritten manuscripts.
St. Anthony’s Cave, where he lived as a hermit, is a 2 km. hike from the monastery and 680 m, above the Red Sea. It offers stunning views of the mountains and the sea and the chance to see a wide range of birdlife