I fell in love with Egypt the instant the turquoise Red Sea surf unfurled across the white-hot sandy horizon beyond my tour bus window. The clear, vibrant ocean inspired me in a way that the muddy, vessel-clogged Nile was unable to. I had only 48 hours to consummate my affair with the brilliant blue-gold mirage that became Hurghada. That meant one thing: Shopping.
The “capital” of the Red Sea stretched for some 25 miles (40 km) along its shores. Hurghada, population about 40,000, was founded in the early 20th century, and remained a small fishing village until the 1980s when Arabian, American and European investors transformed it into the leading beach resort on the Red Sea. Read full travel article here.