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Stunning Sharm el Sheikh Holidays

In view of continued unrest and the evolving political situation in Egypt, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the rest of Egypt except for resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and those resorts on the Egyptian mainland in Red Sea governorate (including Hurghada). Please check the DFA website for more information.

The jewel at the tip of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is fast becoming the most popular holiday destination in the Middle East. Its reputation has soared in recent years and swarms of European visitors are now choosing Sharm El Sheikh holidays for the exotic desert landscape, world famous diving and snorkelling, and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Known as the 'City of Peace', Sharm – as it’s known to locals – is a tranquil oasis compared to the chaotic cities of the mainland. If you thought Egypt was all about ancient pyramids and temples, you will be happily surprised; Sharm is full of luxury and is a perfect getaway for both couples and families.

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Things to do in Sharm el Sheikh

There are a host of things to do in Sharm El Sheikh that you won't find anywhere else. The Red Sea Coast is renowned as one of the best diving spots in the world and will offer an amazing experience for seasoned divers and beginners alike. A better destination to try your first dive cannot be found.

Get in touch with Middle Eastern culture by visiting a Shisha bar to indulge in the local pastime with some of the natives. Explore the landscape with a desert safari; you can choose from several modes of transport including quad bikes, four wheel drives or even camel!

A day trip to the biblical site of Mount Sinai is well worth the trip. Get up early for sunrise or stay out late for sunset – the views will be unforgettable. The small, uniquely Egyptian village of Dahab is also worth a visit to get an insight into the local traditions and culture. Holidays to Sharm El Sheikh cater to both fun family getaways and couples in search of a romantic break in the sun.

World Class Resorts

Due to the up-and-coming status of the area, a Sharm El Sheikh holidays areis still a great place to get a luxury break without upsetting your bank manager. The area is loosely divided into two districts - Naama Bay, where sun-worshippers can stretch out on the powdery sand and fashion addicts can shop 'til they drop, and Sharm El Maya, where most of the all-inclusive resorts are situated. There are a range of options available throughout, from budget friendly 2-star all the way up to sumptuous 5-star. Golf lovers can get their fix on the green towards the northern end of town, while out in Gardens Bay you can live a life of luxury without splashing too much cash.

Underwater Wonders

The Red Sea Coast is a landscape like no other. The terracotta desert disappears into the horizon in one direction while the sapphire water stretches endlessly in the other. While things may not look too fertile on the dunes, under the water some of the richest wildlife in the world can be found, making Sharm El Sheikh holidays a must for any diving enthusiasts.

Temperatures skyrocket in the peak summer months of July and August, so if you prefer a more temperate climate, save your trip for a winter break when the average daily high is a pleasant 18 – 22C. If you do brave the Egyptian summer, Sharm El Sheikh is an excellent place to unwind and cool off after a trip around the Pyramids and temples of the mainland.

Of course, Sharm El Sheikh has everything you need to keep the kids entertained. The vast majority of resorts have child-friendly swimming pools and the colourful reefs and marine life off the coast are sure to delight the whole family. Back on terra firma, there are several water parks and camel rides in the desert to keep everyone entertained.