Sharm el Sheikh, often simply known as Sharm, is a popular destination on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. One of the highlights of the Arab world, Sharm el Sheikh is known for its fabulous diving, once-in-a-lifetime desert trips and beautiful weather that delights sun worshippers all year round. The charming old town is situated close to the beach and the Bedouin tribes of the mountains are easily accessible on a half day trip.
A holiday in Sharm el Sheikh in 2017 is all about luxury and relaxation. The area is adorned with fabulous restaurants that cater to all tastes, as well as many spas and pampering facilities to be enjoyed at your leisure. Perfect for families, couples and groups of friends alike - book a holiday to Sharm el Sheikh and take advantage of this fascinating region just a few hours’ flight from home.
Sharm old town is just a short taxi ride away from Sharm el Sheikh and is well worth the visit. It offers visitors something a little different to the traditional beach experience, offering up an authentically traditional side to Egypt that otherwise might be missed.
A visit to the desert is also a must. The vast expanse, home to the Bedouin tribes, offers an insight into culture and history like no other. Not to mention how visually impressive it is. You can explore the wild valleys and discover a serene oasis before you sleep under the stars in this truly unique part of the world. Go-karting and quad bikes can be hired to explore the Sinai desert and camel trekking is also a popular activity for those who want to traverse the area like a local.
If you want to explore the underwater world, there are many wonderful dive spots in the surrounding Red Sea and some excellent schools, such as Marina Divers Sharm, Blue Lagoon Sharm and Dolphin Diving Centre.
Wine and Dine
Being a popular international destination, Sharm el Sheikh caters to a variety of different palettes. While local Arabian food is readily available, visitors can also expect to see Western-style restaurants along with popular fast-food joints, such as McDonald's and KFC. The area is known for its high-quality dining and the restaurants along the Red Sea coast offer something quite extraordinary. Traditional Egyptian food relies heavily on fresh bread, rice and pulses. It incorporates a range of flavours and spices including garlic, coriander, cumin and parsley. The region is also famed for its delicious sweet treats, such as baklava – a sticky combination of pastry, nuts and honey.
The White Elephant is an award-winning restaurant situated in a hotel complex and one of the most famous in the area. It offers the perfect environment for those looking to dine in elegant surroundings. The On Deck floating restaurant is more than just a place to eat. Its glass floors offer diners stunning views into the world of the ocean while dining on classic dishes, such as mushroom risotto or lamb chops.
Sharm el Sheikh is a popular family destination. With its stunning weather, gorgeous beaches and accessible history, there is ample opportunity for kids to relax, play and learn something about this historical region. Many families choose to take a glass-bottomed boat ride to discover the wonders of the rich marine life that lives in the waters of the Red Sea. The Cleo Park is regularly visited by families and has a collection of slides, play areas and a lazy River. It is an ideal way to escape the afternoon sun and cool off in a safe and fun environment.
Children as young as seven can take advantage of the go-karting facilities, which give budding drivers an opportunity to experience life in the fast lane in a safe and controlled way. Children will also love an excursion to the desert. If you don't want to stay overnight with young children, you can book a full or half day tour where you can experience all the adventure without the stress of being away from your hotel overnight.
Action and Adventure
Sharm el Sheikh is known for being one of the best diving destinations in the world. It's well-known for its warm waters, an abundance of marine life and its affordability. There are several reputable dive schools in the area, where you can either join a fun dive or register to take a short course to gain your diving qualification.
The remote mountain range of the Sinai Peninsula is just a short distance away from the hotels and resorts of Sharm el Sheikh. The rocky mountains are home to the Burba tribes. The surrounding dessert can be traversed in a variety of ways including by quad bike, camel or by simply using your own two feet. However you choose to undertake your adventure, a couple of sites not to be missed include Mount Saini and the St Catherine's Monastery. Water sports are also a popular activity when on holiday in Sharm el Sheikh. Hire a speedboat or opt for a spot of parasailing to inject a little adventure into your holiday of a lifetime.
Life's a Beach
The main reason visitors flock to Sharm el Sheikh is for the stretches of golden sand and blue waters. A holiday in Sharm el Sheikh, while only a few hours from home, feels like a completely different world. The weather here is excellent all year round, particularly in the summer when you can indulge in some serious beach time. The beach is surrounded by dramatic landscapes and calm waters, which are home to coral reefs and marine life offering divers an exquisite underwater experience.
Nabq Bay is one of the most unique beaches in the area and consists of shallow, ankle-deep waters overlooking the Straits of Tiran. The beach here is much less crowded than in other parts of Sharm el Sheikh. The shallow waters make it an excellent place to swim with fish and get up close and personal with some of the most diverse marine life in the world. The beach here is lined with several hotels, all of which offer extensive amenities. From bars and restaurants to water sports, there's plenty to enjoy on a holiday to Sharm el Sheikh.
Much of the nightlife you will experience while on holiday in Sharm el Sheikh is centred around the region's hotels. Local culture dictates that alcohol is not regularly consumed and therefore there are restrictions on where it can be served. It is good to be aware that this means drinks prices can be a little expensive and it is advisable to see a menu before making any purchases. Black House is one of the area’s most famous nightlife establishments and attracts an affluent local crowd, as well as many tourists.
If you're looking for a party, Pascha Club is one of Egypt's premier party experiences. All of the hotels in the area serve alcohol and therefore many people choose to stay there in the evening or head out to a nearby another nearby hotel to soak up the atmosphere and socialise with friends and family.
Sharm el Sheikh is a natural destination for couples seeking to get away from the stresses of everyday life and experience a bit of luxury. Many of the hotels here offer visitors a luxury experience, ideal for those who are looking to treat themselves in a romantic environment. Much of your time will be spent relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Red Sea. Nestled among the mountains, the view is other-worldly and despite the short travel time from home, you'll be transported into another realm of exquisite surroundings.
If the two of you fancy a little adventure, head to the desert for an overnight adventure sleeping under the stars. Along with the camping experience of a lifetime, you'll also have the opportunity to meet the local tribes who live in the mountains, ride a quad bike or a camel through the arid desert plains or just relax at one of the many specially-constructed desert camps that offer unrivalled comfort even away from your hotel.
This region is thought to be the home of civilisation, with many structures dating back thousands of years. While many of the most famous locations are situated elsewhere, Sharm el Sheikh still has a feeling of history on its shoulders - evident in everything from its cuisine to its geographical surroundings.
A trip to the Sinai Mountain range will introduce you to the fascinating culture of the Bedouin people - it’s a fantastic way to spend the day. It is also possible to take a trip to Luxor from Sharm el Sheikh, where you can visit the exquisite palaces built in the former dynastic capital of the Middle East.