Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh is a big personality. Spooling along Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, it runs from Nabq Bay in the north right down to Maya Bay in the south. Along the way it takes in Na’ama Bay, where the first hotel popped up back in the Eighties. And that pretty much covers everything – designer malls, electrifying nightlife and a whole lot of Red Sea.
Families flock to Sharm el Sheikh’s great value all-inclusive complexes – some complete with their own water parks, while couples can select from a wide choice of luxury hotels with gourmet dining and on-site spas. There is a Sharm el Sheikh hotel for everyone. As well as world-class diving and snorkelling, visitors to Sharm el Sheikh can enjoy watersports, boat trips, golf and desert quad-biking. Revellers head to Naama Bay, the pedestrianised resort hub thats packed with restaurants, bars and clubs including Hard Rock Cafe and Pacha.
Long sandy beaches and beautiful landscapes await you on your holiday to Sharm el Sheikh. Located on the southern point of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, holidays in Sharm el Sheikh are really popular with families, couples and holidaymakers of all ages.
There are several markets in Sharm el Sheikh, with the main one being the Old Town Market held Monday to Thursday in the Old Town. The area is not everyone’s idea of an enjoyable shopping experience as the stall traders and shop keepers can be very pushy in getting you to buy their products. However, you are also actively encouraged to haggle, which means you can get a real bargain if you try – the perfect way to complement cheap holidays to Sharm el Sheikh! Expect to see lots of different items on offer too, from strong-smelling oil-based perfumes to cheap leather goods and gold jewellery. And of course, how could we forget the beautifully tailored rugs? Egyptians have got rug-making down to a fine art; just make sure you barter with them first to get an elegant rug for a great price. Cotton, silk, and herbs & spices are also very high quality here, and offer seriously good value.
Things to see & do
Water sports and snorkelling are extremely popular in Sharm el Sheikh, thanks to its clear waters and teeming coral reefs. On dry land, try desert quad biking, camel treks and star gazing. Make the sunrise climb to the top of Mount Sinai the 500 steps to reach the summit are worth it for the view.
Most of Sharm el Sheikhs entertainment is fairly lowkey and hotelbased and includes dazzling bellydancing shows and live Egyptian music. Some hotels offer other options, including casinos, bowling and even an ice rink. Naama Bays pedestrianised streets are lined with a great choice of bars and clubs, including a Hard Rock Caf and a Pacha, meaning its becoming increasingly popular with young and lively visitors.
Food & Drinks
From Egyptian cuisine to fast food, Sharm el Sheikh has plenty of places to eat. Many visitors choose a valueformoney allinclusive package and eat at their hotel, but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from too. Naama Bay has a mixture of local establishments and chain names youll know. Although Egypt is a Muslim country, alcohol is available in cafestyle bars, hotels and many restaurants. A favourite Egyptian pastime is wiling away the hours in a coffeehouse (ahwa) over a game of backgammon and a sheesha waterpipe. Tea is served in glasses and comes dark and impossibly sweet; the same is true with coffee, which is taken in the Turkish style.