Sharm El Sheikh is in Egypt at the northern tip of the Red Sea on the Sinai Peninsula. It was first made popular by Divers and Snorkelers as the water is warm year round and the Sealife is incredibly diverse – you can see Whales, Dolphin, Manta Ray at various times of the year as well as the Coral Reefs. Beginners needn't feel left out – there are plenty of dive schools offering cheap lessons from starter dives, to full PADI qualifications. You can even rent or buy snorkels (and often slippers to wear on the sharp coral) from most hotel beach huts or shops. Don’t forget to get someone to put waterproof sunscreen on your back! More recently Sharm has become popular for offering virtually guaranteed sunshine year round and Luxury All Inclusive hotels, some with vast water parks, at great prices. Naama Bay is the busiest part of the resort and this is where you will find most of the Nightlife. Sharks bay is also good if you want a bit of life. Some hotels can be up to 10km out of the centre of the resort so make sure you know where your hotel is if you want to be close to the action.
Camel bar on the Main Street in Naama bay is great for cocktails, also the Buddha restaurant is recommended for drinks and sunset watching.
Events and festivals
If visiting in January try and catch the Coptic Christmas festivities based around the Heavenly Cathedral (Address: Hey El Noor, Sharm El Sheikh) – This is an incredibly beautiful building once inside with the Bible stories told in Paintings – At this Festival held early Jan there are colourful parades, musical concerts and religious plays. Easter (dates vary usually March-April) has more celebrations you shouldn’t miss. For something completely different The International Camel Competition in April sees some of the region’s best camels competing against each other in a race. About as far from Ladies Day at Ascot as you can get but locally the prize is incredibly prestigious and this event is taken very seriously.
Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences
The Ice Bar in Soho Square – everything is made of Ice including the glasses. It’s -10 degrees so great for a cool down. Soho Square is also great for shopping if you don’t like being hassled too much. Plus there’s loads going on for the whole family – it’s by the Savoy Hotel.
Warm winters and very hot summers. The Red Sea water stays warm all year round so is great for swimming or snorkelling. Daily max range from 20-25 degrees in Winter to 35-40 degrees in August.
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All year round destination
- Currency: Egyptian Pound (Sterling widely accepted, carry Pound Coins for Tipping)
- Flight time from UK: 5 hours
Getting out and about
Glass Bottom Boat Trip from £25 per person
The best way to discover the underwater world without getting your feet wet. Ideal for those who love marine life or want to see the wonders of the ocean without swimming or snorkelling, our glass bottom boat trip is suitable for the whole family.
Tiran Island Boat Trip from £42 per person
Enjoy a day trip out to Tiran Island! Once on-board, you'll be able to enjoy a full day on the boat plus the chance to go snorkelling in 2 or 3 different locations exploring the colourful marine life, swimming in the warm crystal clear waters of the Red Sea and relaxing and sun bathing on the sun deck of the boat.