Your Egypt Family Holiday: An Ultimate Family-Friendly Guide to Hurghada

Previously a charming old fishing village nestled between the Red Sea and the Sahara, Hurghada has reemerged as a fantastic resort town packed with enough resorts, activities and attractions to satisfy every member of the family. A much-needed family trip offers an opportunity to spend quality time together, even so, planning the details can seem overwhelming. To ease the challenge, we are letting you in on a few family favourites and our top tips to fuel your fun-filled adventure.

Travel tips and tricks for your family holiday to Egypt

  • If you want to avoid peak-season crowds and get unbeatable deals on hotels and flights, as well as the best weather, we recommend visiting between April and May, or October and November. 
  • Travellers visiting Egypt usually need a tourist visa unless they are from an exempt country. Depending on your nationality, you can either pay for the visa on arrival or apply for an e-visa in advance.
  • Whilst Egypt’s weather is typically hot, remember to pack some clothes that are more on the conservative side. It is recommended to cover up out of respect when visiting religious sites.
  • It’s expected to tip 10-15% of the bill in Egypt, otherwise referred to as ‘baksheesh’.

Best kid-friendly things to do in Hurghada

Feel the sand between your toes, dive down to see vivid coral reefs or scream with excitement as you hurtle down a waterslide, the opportunities are endless. There are so many activities to choose from for guaranteed family amusement so make sure you do some research. Nevertheless, here are some of our favourites to get you started.

Go on a boat trip to the Giftun Islands

Famous for its unique fish species and vibrant coral reefs, the Giftun Islands are one of the top destinations in Hurghada for diving and snorkelling. Make the most of your family trip to Hurghada by booking yourself a day trip to these paradisiacal Red Sea islands and get a taste of true paradise. Dive down to the colourful coral reefs, snorkel in crystal-clear waters or sunbathe on the white-sand beaches, either way, your family will be mesmerised by the underwater world surrounding this exotic haven. There are many boat trip providers you can use, however, we recommend booking through your hotel or resort if you can.

Splash about at Makadi Waterworld

It’s no secret that Hurghada’s leading attractions are centred around watersports and activities, so it’ll be no shock that Makadi Waterworld is one of the top-rated attractions for families in Hurghada. The water park features 50 thrilling water slides, 25 of them for adults and the other 25 for children. One of the biggest water parks in Egypt and filled with slides, activities and even a food centre, your family will certainly have an action-packed day in this brilliant family attraction for all. Conveniently, they offer ticket packages for families of four with a 10% discount, as well as packages for larger groups.


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Discover Egypt’s famous attractions at Mini Egypt Park

Take your children for an educational experience at the Mini Egypt Park, where they can discover all the fascinating sites and attractions Egypt has to offer in one place. Located in Makadi Bay, this is an incredibly popular tourist attraction amongst families and a great way to learn about Egypt’s interesting history and experience some of the famous sites. Get the chance to see Giza and its impressive pyramids, check out the Sphinx or walk down the road to Alexandria in this incredible outdoor miniature museum. To make the most of it, you can request a tour guide on arrival and enjoy an exciting and informative tour around the miniature park.

Top family-friendly resorts in Hurghada

Finding the right place to stay on your family trip makes a world of difference and ensures a trouble-free stay. Hurghada is known for its spectacular all-inclusive resorts filled to the brim with activities and watersports for every member of the family. Take your pick from our top choices for families with children.

Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh 

Less than 20 km south of Hurghada International Airport is the bay of Sahl Hasheesh, a popular spot to explore several islands and breathtaking coral reefs. Featuring magical views of the Red Sea, 3 outdoor swimming pools and even an epic aqua park, Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh will keep you and your little ones entertained all holiday. A wildly popular all-inclusive resort amongst families, you can make the most of their spacious family rooms, onsite waterpark and an unbelievable amount of fun-filled activities for every member of the family. Parents can put their feet up and relax on the resort’s stunning private beach or enjoy a massage at the spa and wellness centre.

Aqua Blu Resort

Just 1 km from Hurghada Grand Aquarium and 16 km from Hurghada, this all-inclusive family favourite is known for its evening entertainment, awesome water park and great value price tag. With Albatros Aqua Park just next door, guests have access to a total of 6 swimming pools including 1 wave pool and 3 kids pools, and an incredible number of water slides, making Aqua Blu Resort one of the best water park resorts in the area. With entertainment staff, a kid-friendly buffet and a kids’ club, children of all ages will be kept busy from the moment they wake up until their head hits the pillow. Not forgetting the adults, who can take advantage of the numerous bars, relaxing spa treatments and delicious restaurants. 

Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort

If you’d like a more high-end option, this modern 5-star luxury resort with its own private beach offers spacious family suites, 3 outdoor swimming pools, 6 restaurants and a disco bar. Splash about in the neighbouring hotel’s water park free of charge and then sit down at one of the restaurants to enjoy a flavour for every family member’s palate. You can even visit Sand City just 450 metres down the road, an open-air museum showcasing imaginative sand sculptures. Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort is jam-packed with exciting activities to keep your children entertained, from windsurfing and diving to tennis courts and a kids’ club, it’s almost impossible for them to run out of things to do. Parents can relish a quiet moment in the hot tub, experience a Turkish steam bath, or take a dip in the lagoon-shaped infinity pool.

*If you fancy mingling with the locals and being in the thick of it instead of staying in the many beach resorts around Hurghada, check out Hilton Hurghada Plaza.

Voted one of the top destinations in 2022 by TripAdvisor, Hurghada is a magical place for families and is definitely worth a visit. With all the watersports activities, stunning diving spots, countless cultural attractions and phenomenal resorts, Hurghada is the perfect destination for a memorable family trip to Egypt.

Once you’ve landed at Hurghada Airport, you’ll want to get everyone safely and comfortably to any one of the amazing resorts in and around Hurghada. For a worry-free arrival, you can pre-book your Hurghada Airport transfer with a globally-recognised company like Welcome Pickups. Welcome’s trained English-speaking drivers will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, ready for your personalised door-to-door transfer to your hotel or resort, so you can get your vacation off to the best start.

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