Hurghada’s the place that put Egypt’s so-called Red Sea Riviera on the map. This Sixties child’s got a PhD in diving, and it’s got its mitts on around 40 kilometres of coastline. Over the last 50 years, Hurghada City’s pretty much shaken off its fishing village roots, knocking together hotels and a flashy marina. But you can still get a slap of culture in the old town, El Dahar.
The resort of Marsa Alam is set on the east coast of Egypt, right by the Red Sea, it’s a fast-growing place but it’s still not quite up to speed with the likes of Hurghada. Which is pretty good news, actually. Because what you get here is a bit of an out-of-the-way location with some first-rate hotels. And the spotless beaches are camera-ready.