What is better Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh – each of these resorts on the Red Sea has its own fans. Let’s find out which one is right for you. Let’s compare the weather, beaches, tours, hotels and tour prices.
Climate. Where is it warmer in winter and more comfortable in summer
Both resorts are located on the Red Sea and according to reviews of holidaymakers suitable for recreation at any time of year. It’s always sunny, the sea is warm and there is little rain. What is the difference between Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada?
Wind 🌬 Sharm el Sheikh is surrounded by mountains, so in winter there are bays without wind, where it will be warmer than Hurghada (sea +23+24 °C). Well, in summer, Hurghada has advantages. Thanks to the wind from the sea the heat of about +40 °C is easier to perceive.
Beaches of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh: a comparison
Hurghada wins with beaches – sand, shallow water near the shore and a smooth increase in depth. Therefore, families with toddlers and beach lovers choose Hurghada and resorts nearby 💙
In Sharm, however, many hotels only allow you to swim in the sea from the pontoon. Sometimes the piers are rather long and you have to drive a buggy to the swimming pool (judge the length of the pontoon by the hotel photo). It is better not to go into the sea without special footwear (coral or aqua shoes). In good hotels are certainly trying to clean the bottom of sharp fragments of coral, but still a chance to hurt your foot there. Yes, besides sea urchins come across.
Are there good sandy beaches in Sharm el Sheikh? Yes, there are, for example in the bays of Sharm el Maya and Ras-um el-Seid.
Reefs, diving, snorkeling. Where is it better in Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh?
For snorkeling is of course better in Sharm el Sheikh. Reefs by the shore, definitely something to see.
The best reefs in Sharm are around the hotels:
- Park Regency 5*
- Reef Oasis Beach 5*
- Baron Resort Sharm el Sheikh 5*
- Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh 5*
The hotels in Hurghada are great for diving and you just have to know the hotels. And of course you can always go to the reefs on a yacht. Diving centers, organizing such trips and providing the necessary equipment, in Hurghada is enough.
Hotels in Hurghada with a reef 🐠:
- Hurghada Coral Beach 4. Premier Le Reve 5
- Stella Di Mare Madaki Garden 5*
- Stella Di Mare Makadi Beach 5*
- Arabella Azur 4*
- Sunny Days 4*
- Serenity Fun City 5*
- Sheraton Soma Bay 5*
- Albatros Citadel 5*
The resort of Marsa Alam has recently become popular. It is located almost 300 km south of Hurghada. Yes, the transfer will be long, but the untouched reefs and the impressive underwater world will be remembered for a long time.
Where to go windsurfing and kitesurfing in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh?
It’s better in Hurghada (especially Safaga, tours from 77,200 for two), where it’s almost always windy. In Sharm el Sheikh there are almost no conditions for kiteboarding, but there is Dahab with guaranteed wind and good waves.
Accessible excursions from Hurghada or Sharm
If you dream to see with your own eyes Luxor and the temples, Aswan and the Nile, Giza with the pyramids, from Hurghada it’s all closer. It takes 4,5 hours by bus to Luxor, 6 hours to Cairo and the pyramids. In general, all these excursions will be cheaper.
By the way, in the summer months there is a 50% discount for tourists to enter the museums and attractions in Luxor and Aswan.
From Sharm el-Sheikh, these attractions will require stamina – take a long bus ride or fly on local airlines. But Sharm el-Sheikh has its own attractions nearby. There is plenty to see and do in Sinai.
Where is the better with children in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh?
All fly to Hurghada with small children 👶(sandy beaches and smooth depths).
A good hotel for families in Makadi Bay Stella Makadi Beach Resort 5*.
You can go to Sharm with older children. They, just like adults, are ready to swim with a snorkel from morning till night, you can’t get them out of the water. If you want to go to Sharm el Sheikh with a baby, yes, you can. The hotels have lagoons by the shore, which are cleaned from sharp coral splinters, and special heated pools. Children are known to be good everywhere. But do not forget that to enter the water is better in corals.
Hotels in Sharm el Sheikh, where to fly with children (there are shoals, pools and water park):
- Aqua Blu Sharm El Sheikh 4. Sunrise Diamond Beach Resort 5
- Rixos Seagate 5* (don’t go in winter, it’s windy in this bay).
Hotels for adults
Where’s the best nightlife, discos and clubs? I’d say Sharm el Sheikh is more fun, but then again, you can find places to have fun in Hurghada too. There are partying youth hotels in both resorts.
Hotels for couples or honeymoon without children squealing and running around can also be found in Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada:
- Premier Le Reve 5. Sunrise Romance 5
- Rixos Premium Magawish 5*
- Rixos Sharm El Sheikh 5*
- Baron Palms Resort 5*.
Hotels in Sharm El Sheesh and Hurghada: differences
In Hurghada, the room stock is older. But in Hurghada and in Sharm el Hasheesh there are good hotels with different prices and from world famous hotel chains.
If you compare the new 4-5* hotels, you can’t say that Hurghada is cheaper in price or loses in quality of service. Both are first-class hotels with the highest level of service:
- Rixos Hotels
- Four Seasons.
Briefly. Hurghada or Sharm el Sheikh – what to choose
Chances are after reading our article you have already made up your mind and chosen a resort to your liking. Start with it, but I advise you to visit both, to see everything with your own eyes.
Summary table of the two main resorts in Egypt:
|Hurghada||Sharm el Sheikh|
|Reefs and fish||🐠🐠🐠||🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠|
|Holidays with kids||👶👶👶👶👶||👶👶👶👶|
|Where to go||🐪🐪🐪🐪🐪||🐪🐪🐪|