Hurghada | Egypt

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WHEN TO GO

Peak Season: March – October

Avg Air Temp: up to 40°C / 104°F

Avg Water Temp:  24°C / 75°F

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: EGP15

Restaurant Meal: EGP80

Accommodation: EGP270

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THE LURE

The shallow, flat waters and cheap package deals mean that this has long been a favourite with kiters throughout Europe and Egypt’s original kite spot has grown into the Red Sea’s most popular kiting destination. The area is brimming with hotels and the town hosts many bars and clubs. Year-round wind and sun only add to Hurghada’s broad appeal. Annabel Van Westerop Hurghada Kiteworld travel RIDER / Annabel Van Westerop Grand Seas

THE SET-UP

Turquoise waters, white sandbanks and a huge amount of space, the kitesurfing here really is good for learning and it’s easy to see why it has been so popular for so long, ticking all the right boxes for those wanting concentrated time spent improving: easy travel, warm water, plenty of regular wind, flat water and lots of facilities for an easy holiday. The water depth gradually drops away and the beginner area on the inside is roughly the size of a football field and about half a metre deep. Beyond that there’s another drop-off to about one-and-a-half metres. Roughly 400 metres from the shoreline the water shelves into the open sea. The areas are tidal and create differences of about half a metre. In extreme low tides beginners move into the slightly deeper areas between the shallows and the open sea. Find all you need onsite at the Tommy Friedl Pro Centres at Jasmin Village and Grand Seas and at the newly opened Harry Nass centre at the Mercure (formerly Sofitel) hotel. The centre at the Magawish hotel is no longer in operation.

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

The wind comes in cross/cross-onshore from the left (north), averaging forces four to six most of the year with the most consistent months for wind being March - October. Air temperatures can get up to 40°C / 104°F between those months in the summer, dropping to a lovely 23°C / 73°F in winter. November – February is low season, but there’s still a 60% chance of wind, although it can be changeable in direction, coming totally on- or offshore for a few days at a time, but the prevailing direction is still from the north. Expect water temperatures in the mid-twenties most of the year. Wetsuits are recommended in the winter months and the evenings can become cool enough for a hoody/jumper. Hurghada Egypt Kiteworld travel

ACCOMMODATION

There are loads of hotels suiting all budgets with great packages from Europe. Excellent childcare facilities in some allow you more time on the water. You may not find everything in town to your taste, but it’s all here. Aladdin Bungalows

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps. www.kiteworldwide.com /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com   Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000. www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001 / info@planettravelholidays.com

SCHOOLS

PRO CENTRE JASMIN VILLAGE AND PRO CENTRE GRAND SEAS The Jasmin Village-based centre stocks Core and Carved equipment and the Grand Seas centre, Cabrinha. Windsurfing is also available as well as SUP, wakeboarding, volleyball and sunset yoga sessions. Both centres have rescue boats, teach all levels with a maximum 4:1 ratio. The Pro Centres also run a highly recommended one day kitesurfari to the bays and islands around Hurghada for all lovers of turquoise flat water. Languages spoken by instructors: German, English and Russian Accredited by: VDWS www.tommy-freidl.de info@tommy-friedl.de +20 100 667 2811 HARRY NASS twinned with their other centre in Dahab is a newly opened kite and windsurf centre in front of the 4 star Mercure hotel. Teaching all levels all year, beginnners and intermediates get a complimentary boat shuttle upwind to the shallow sandbanks with radio instruction. Also: free SUP use, new Cabrinha, JP and Neil Pryde equipment for use and two rescue boats on hand. Harry Nass Hurghada Egypt Kiteworld travel Various languages spoken by instructors. Accredited by: VDWS www.harry-nass.com info@harry-nass.com +20 693640559

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps. www.kiteworldwide.com /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com   Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000. www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001 / info@planettravelholidays.com

NO WIND

This may be the original epicentre of kiteboarding in Egypt, but it’s packed with lots of other tourist activities plus wakeboarding and of course the Red Sea has wonderful diving. Head to the Valley of the Kings to see the underground tombs and ancient artwork. Trips to Luxor also easily organised.

GET AROUND

The kite spots are just a fifteen minute taxi from the town centre. Car hire isn’t recommended as the Egyptian driving style takes some getting used to and taxis and mini-buses are plentiful. You’ll never have to wait more than five minutes for either. If you’re here for kiting, you’re more than likely to stay in a hotel that’s close enough to the beach to not need a hire car anyway.

CURRENCY

Egyptian pound (EGP) - £1 = EGP12 / €1 = EGP9 / US$1 = EGP7 US dollars, Euros and major credit cards are widely accepted.

FOOD AND DRINK

Hurghada is the biggest and liveliest of the Red Sea resorts. If you can’t eat it, drink it or dance to it here, they probably don’t have it in Egypt.

AIRPORT

Hurghada (HRG) is about a ten minute transfer to town. Taxis are fairly cheap and extremely plentiful.

TRAVEL AGENTS

KITEWORLDWIDE specialize in delivering extraordinary kitesurf holidays to exotic destinations while avoiding the tourist traps. www.kiteworldwide.com /+44 (0)20 36 085 777 / +49 (0)40 20 93 45 090/ info@kiteworldwide.com   Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000. www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001 / info@planettravelholidays.com

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