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Hurghada: What to do
Almost all cheap, and up market lodgings in Hurghada offer their visitors usage of private beaches, entertaining water facilities and on-shore fun activities. However, off-shore excursions are also available for those searching for adventure and fun.

Mahmya Island: A first time in Egypt project providing visitors with an ideal escape to an environmental friendly trip on a secluded, tranquil Island to dive, dine and relax. The trip costs 100 euros exclusive of transportation and lunch for foreigners and Egyptians. A visit to the Mahmya Island is a must to experience nature at its simplest.

Giftun Island: A one hour trip currently organized by almost all hotels in Hurghada takes you to a captivating desert in Giftun Island, embraced by magnificent coral reefs to spend an unforgettable day at the sea. Visitors are provided with snorkeling equipment to enjoy the Red Sea's wonders, and stretchers sheltered by Palm trees are available for those going to simply relax.

Aquarium: Located on the Corniche and open daily, the Aquarium provides visitors with a captivating, colorful show of the Red Sea's unique marine species. The visit is enthralling to children and adults alike.
Recommended glass- bottomed boat trips: For those who want to enjoy Hurghada’s fascinating marine life without getting wet, renting a glass-bottomed boat from the Marine Sports Club is recommended.

Marine Biology Museum: As an attempt to protect the Red Sea's marine life, Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association set the Marine Museum to raise awareness on how visitors and locals can preserve the reef.

Monastery of Saint Anthony and Monastery of Saint Paul: Saint Anthony Monastery (AD 361-3) marked the beginning of the monastic tradition, and is the oldest, and largest Coptic Monastery in Egypt. The legend states that Anthony was orphaned at 18, and so he decided to dedicate his life to serve God, resulting in what the world knows now as Monasticism. His disciples built the magnificent monastery on the site of his grave, and it is now accessible to everyone who wants to appreciate much of the site’s retained originality.
Saint Paul (AD 228-348) was a wealthy man from Alexandria, who decided to retreat to the desert at the age of 16 to live for God. The Monastery is a beautiful one hidden behind lofty walls. Visitors can see magnificent murals of the Virgin and Child, as well as a beautiful chapels containing scores of Icons.

Mons Porphyrites, and Mons Claudianus: Both are remains of two Roman quarries in the Red Sea Mountains, accessible on day trips from Hurghada, and the coast. Mons Porphyrites was the site of ancient porphyry quarries known for its pink- purple stone. Parts of the mining town are still in evidence for the visitors to explore. Mons Claudianus mine supplied the Romans with Black granite columns- some of which support the Pantheon in Rome today. Ruins of the fort, and of the Roman city can also be visited.

Al Gouna: Head 30 Km north of Hurghada to visit this new, luxurious resort. Set on a beautiful strip of the coastline with dome roofed Villas this resort offers visitors an unforgettable stay, and a memorable dive.

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