Hurghada is one of Egypt's main tourist destinations located on the Red Sea coast. Hurghada has a dramatic landscapes, year-round dry and temperate climate, and long stretches of natural beaches. Its waters are clear and calm for most of the year and have become popular for various water-sports, particularly recreational scuba diving and snorkeling.
Hurghada has several hotels and resorts and many newly developed fully integrated resorts and tourist areas. These include: Makadi Bay - a tourist resort located 30 km south of Hurghada dedicated only to hotels, shops and clubs and featuring a good sandy beach; Soma Bay - a tourist resort situated 45 km south of Hurghada with various hotels and resorts; El Gouna - a privately owned luxury hotel town, about 25 km north of Hurghada. Quiet and clean, the town consists of several islands separated by channels and connected by bridges. Besides 14 hotels and 3 marinas, there are also 2200 private villas and apartments, while many more are under construction. It is built on 10 km of beachfront and has unique and diverse architecture.