Sharm El Sheikh - What We Know
"Although tempting to lap up the luxury a 5 star hotel can offer, be sure to venture out and experience some authentic Egyptian culture.."
As one of the most beautiful destinations in Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh is popular amongst all holidaymakers. It is located on the coast of the Red Sea at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, which really makes it an oasis in the desert. Its year-round sunny weather and warm waters draw thousands of holidaymakers back annually, from spring right through to the winter months. Cheap holidays to Sharm el Sheikh are particularly popular among couples and families.
Sharm el Sheikh is a beautiful city, with a great cultural mix of traditional mystery and beauty of the East and the luxury and nightlife of the west. The beaches are second to none and many hotels have their own private areas and sun beds with parasols easily available for those who like to stay out of the heat.
There are numerous things to see and do, from quad biking, snorkeling or for the more leisurely traveler, why not visit a Bedouin village or visit one of the many ancient monasteries? St Catherine's in particular is popular amongst holiday makers.
The main airport is located close by - around a 15 minute journey time to some great 4 and 5 star resorts. These hotels offer everything from bed and breakfast, luxury stays or all inclusive options, which are very popular among British travelers. Although tempting to lap up the luxury a 5 star hotel can offer, be sure to venture out and experience some authentic Egyptian culture.
Sharm El Sheikh – Activities & Attractions
"A trip to Sharm El Sheikh places you in a good location to visit all the exciting archaeological and historical attractions of Egypt.."
On a Sharm El Sheikh holiday, you have access to many different water sports and diving activities, with options for beginners as well as the more advanced aquatic adventurer. If you are a keen swimmer, make sure you try snorkeling - the Red Sea has some of the finest coral formations in the world.
As mentioned previously, there are many excursions for all the family. From action packed quad biking in the desert, which is especially amazing on a night-time run, to a trip on a glass bottom boat to see the amazing marine life in its natural habitat if you prefer something a little more scenic. There are also fantastic beaches and some of the finest in all of Egypt - in particular Terrazzina and Hadaba beach, where you can enjoy a camel ride and beach front restaurants.
A trip to Sharm El Sheikh also places you in a good location to visit all the exciting archaeological and historical attractions of Egypt. You could visit monasteries and temples, and make trips to Cairo and Luxor to explore the magic of the ancient Egyptian civilizations. Other attractions popular amongst holidaymakers include camel rides, horseback riding, motorbike rides, a trip to Naama bay's old market or going on a desert safari.
Restaurants, Nightlife & Transport
"The nightlife is buzzing in this party town, with clubs and bars open through the night.."
You won't go hungry in Sharm, with many hotels boasting high end cuisine and traditional Egyptian delights, which have the perfect mix - not too spicy but bursting with flavour. If you prefer a more familiar taste experience, you'll also find commercial favourites such as TGI Fridays and the Hard Rock Café located in Na'ama Bay.
The nightlife is buzzing in this party town, with clubs and bars open through the night. Find Pasha, which has an open air main room and many other clubs located in Naama bay. Why not try a local Hookah or water pipe bar? This is very popular with tourists and locals alike, with many sitting down to watch the sunset inhaling various flavours of non-harmful tobacco. You don't, however, have to smoke to relax here, with the additional choice of fresh juices, a selection of Egyptian pastries or simply some wine, all available in each bar.
Getting around is simple, with taxis at reasonable prices, but be careful to agree the full fare for your journey before you set off, which could make your cheap holiday to Sharm El Sheikh that bit more expensive.
Weather and Climate
"With temperatures reaching an average of around 37°C in July, pack plenty of sun protection.."
It's not only the beautiful waters, mountains and palm trees that make this city an ideal destination, the weather is also a major factor. With year-round sunshine and temperatures reaching an average of around 37°C in July, pack plenty of sun protection and drink lots of fluids in these extreme weather conditions.
In winter things cool off a bit, with temperatures around 26°C - we recommend packing some warm clothing as it can feel quite cool, especially when venturing out at night.
Sea temperatures are warm all year round, with the hottest time in July, however even in winter time you won't feel the chill with 7 to 8 hours of sunshine per day.