Hurghada: January Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||73 %|
|Rainfall days||27 days|
|Chance of Rain||1 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||7 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||60 %|
Averages for Hurghada in January
Hurghada is Egypt’s second largest city and, with its location on the Red Sea coast it’s ideal for water sports including diving and snorkelling. Its subtropical desert climate brings year-round warm and dry weather – it’s no wonder Hurghada is a top holiday destination for both Europeans and Egyptians alike.
January is Hurghada’s coldest month, but it’s difficult to tell that with peak daytime temperatures reaching 21 degrees celsius. Overnight it can drop to around 11 degrees, so it’s worth taking a light jacket for the evenings. Rainfall is a low; 1mm on average, over 0 days.
You can expect to enjoy 7 hours of sunshine a day, and the sea water temperature meanwhile is an inviting 22 degrees.
Dates for the diary
Coptic Christmas is held in the first week of January. The Egyptian Christmas celebration typically includes Christians attending mass; they also fast for 43 days prior to this notable day of the year – now that’s dedication!
Islamic New Year, also known as Al Hijra, marks the day when Mohammed travelled from Mecca to Medina. Muslims use this day to reflect on their life and think about positive changes for the forthcoming year.
Parasols on Hurghada Beach.
Things to do
The New Marina is a fantastic place to enjoy a leisurely stroll and soak up the sights, so don’t forget to bring your camera. As well as the marina with its many boats and yachts, this area is also home to plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes where you can stop for a drink or bite to eat. If you get the chance to go after sunset, make sure you do. The marina takes on a completely different scene when Hurghada’s rich and famous come out to wine and dine.
If the evenings become a little chilly, head to the indoor Sindbad Bowling Centre. Located just behind the Sindbad Aqua Resort and Hotel, this ten pin bowling alley is a fun, family-friendly way to spend an evening, and includes pool tables, snooker and all the arcade games usually found at British bowling lanes.
Hurghada Marina at night.
Where to eat & drink
When it comes to perfect steak in Hurghada, Gaucho Steakhouse is a challenge to beat. Situated in Village Road, this restaurant offers a variety of beef cuts, including sirloin, fillet, rib eye, New York strip and T bone, making it a must-visit for steak lovers. Each dish is served alongside a selection of homemade sauces and authentic Egyptian side dishes. Not just a place for steak, Gaucho Steakhouse also serves a selection of pasta, seafood, fish and vegetarian dishes, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
One of the few restaurants in the resort which serves pork, Sea Bar Bistro is a great place to go for some traditional pub grub. Open from morning until late, this restaurant serves a variety of breakfasts – including full English and vegetarian – followed by a choice of pizzas, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and grilled meat in the afternoon and evening. If you’ve left room for dessert, you can choose between a selection of puddings, including crème brulee, ice cream and tiramisu.
The traditional English-style Champs’ Sports Bar found within the Hilton Hurghada Resort also shows all major sporting events. Open every day from 9.30am until midnight, this bar features leather sofas and bar stools just like you’d find in the UK, as well as a full-size pool table and several British beers which are available on draft.
Pool Table at Champs' Sports Bar, Hilton Hurghada Resort.
Where to stay
When it comes to romantic hotels, The Grand Resort is a hot pick. Found in the heart of Hurghada, this complex offers plenty to see and do, including three swimming pools, beach access, daytime and evening entertainment, fitness classes, sports activities, numerous bars and restaurants, internet café, shuttle bus, children’s clubs and playground. There is a selection of rooms to choose from, including standard rooms, junior suites and interconnecting rooms, all of which come with air conditioning, satellite TVs and balconies or terraces with pool or garden views.
Aqua Vista Resort & Spa is ideal for families and couples looking for a hotel which incorporates a spa. This four-star complex offers a variety of family and standard rooms, all of which come with balconies with pool or garden views, air conditioning, TVs, and complete bathrooms. The extensive spa features heated pools, showers, Jacuzzi and sauna, as well as several treatments and therapies. There is a wealth of other amenities to enjoy, too, such as swimming pools with water slides, bars, restaurants, kids’ club, mini golf, 24-hour reception, babysitting services, beauty salon, shuttle service and WiFi access.
The Grand Resort, Hurghada. Photo courtesy of malgorzata_k.
January events in Hurghada
1st January 2015 to 7th January 2015
After fasting for 43 days, the christians in Egypt celebrate Coptic Christmas in the first week of January.
New Year's Day
1st January 2015
Similar to other parts of the world, people in Hurghada celebrate this first day of January as New Year's Day.
Russian culture week festival
19th January 2015 to 25th January 2015
This five-day Russian Culture Week Festival is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism in Hurghada. The festival aims to exchange culture between Egypt and Russia to create a safe destination for tourists.
20th January 2015 to 27th January 2015
Organized by DeepVoyage Kiteboarding, Kite Safari is a super fun event on the most beautiful island in Hurghada. Many different kiters from all over the world gather and enjoy this week-long kiting event.
International Fine Arts Festival
21st January 2015 to 28th January 2015
Coral Beach Rotana Resort in Hurghada arranges International Fine Arts Festival and other entertaining programs that include dancing, playing and lots of other activities to enjoy with the family and kids.