Sharm El Sheikh Holidays 2016

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Sunshine and Style in Sharm El Sheikh

Considered one of the premier diving locations in the whole world, as well as functioning as an idyllic escape for those in search of resort indulgence, Sharm El Sheikh holidays will expose you to far more than just the sun, sand and sea. Whether you delve into the depths of the Red Sea or not, you’ll still find countless things to do in and around Sharm, from venturing into the surrounding deserts to dining on the delectable cuisine of Egypt amid wonderful eateries.

Action, adventure and discovery are the primary themes for those descending on Sharm, perfectly-suited to those in search of action and adventure, though culture vultures will also find themselves mesmerised by the authentic way of life which is also accessible for those on their holidays to Sharm El Sheikh. Relaxation is also the name of the game, enjoyed within the spas and pampering facilities of the countless hotels and resorts that populate the area, ensuring style and sophistication sits alongside rejuvenation and exploration.

Discovery in the Red Sea

The magical underwater adventure scene is one of the primary draws of Sharm El Sheikh, with the diving and snorkelling amid the Red Sea considered among the best sites in the world for such activities, allowing you to get up close to a variety of colourful and intriguing species. Countless diving schools will allow visitors to learn the skills required to head out on a scuba diving trip or two, while those already experienced will find their Sharm El Sheikh holidays punctuated by immense dive opportunities.

Rays, turtles, sharks and shipwrecks are among the most sought-after sights beneath the waves, while those who prefer to snorkel will also find themselves spotting remarkable species of the Red Sea. Other nearby resorts such as bustling Hurghada and the more tranquil El Gouna are alternatives if the water sports scene in Sharm is a little crowded and it is tranquillity in the water that you’re after. Beyond the snorkelling and diving, you can also enjoy windsurfing, parasailing and water-skiing across the coastal scene of the Red Sea.

Relaxing and Exploring

If you need a break from the action, adventure and exploration during your holidays in Sharm El Sheikh, you won’t have to look far to embrace rejuvenation given the range of comforting and luxurious avenues you can venture down around the resort. The infrastructure is second to none, allowing you to base yourself amid style and luxury in a range of all inclusive, resort hotels, many boasting wonderful spa facilities where you can sooth your aching muscles or creaking joints. If the spa treatments aren’t enough, you can laze by a cooling pool or wine and dine at a number of top restaurants as the sun sets on another laid-back day in Sharm. The soft sand can also help in this respect, perfect if you’ve brought some good books along and want to catch up on your tan and beauty sleep in the sunshine.

If you fancy delving into the identity of Egypt during your holidays to Sharm El Sheikh, you’ll find ample opportunity to do so. Within the resort’s Old Town area you’ll discover an authentic market, allowing visitors to discover the traditional routine of everyday life for the locals, removing yourself from the typical ‘resort bubble’. Heading into the desert will also allow a greater impression of the surrounding area, accessed by camel trek or 4X4, these remarkable landscapes are best enjoyed in the incredible Mohammed National Park. Those that fancy taking some daytrips to other fascinating destinations in Egypt will have a number of tantalising options, from the peace and tranquillity of beautiful Makadi Bay, to the history, culture and ancient fascination that defines the incredible city of Luxor.

Sharm El Sheikh Beach Holidays

Scuba Diving

With world-famous diving locations and spectacular marine life, holidays to Sharm El Sheikh are ideal for both beginners and advanced scuba divers. Tuition and classes are available on a group and one on one basis and visitors will enjoy diving into the turquoise waters to swim with the multi-coloured fish beneath.

Water Sports

From jet skiing to banana boats, Sharm El Sheikh will keep every kind of thrill seeker occupied. The Red Sea is such a huge part of the region’s atmosphere and many events are based around the water. Suitable for all ages, activities are easily booked through local tour guide offices and dive schools.

Quiet Spots

For visitors seeking a relaxed holiday in Sharm El Sheikh, there are many quiet spots nearby. Beautiful Shark's Bay, located four kilometres outside the town, offers a chance to get away from it all and for golf fans the Jolie Ville Championship course near the beach is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Sunbathing

With some beautiful beaches, Sharm El Sheikh is a sun worshipper’s paradise. Soak up some rays while crystal-clear waters lap at your feet, or enjoy a cocktail delivered to your beach lounger. Situated at the end of the Sinai Peninsula, the beaches benefit from year-round sunshine.

Sharm El Sheikh Exploring Trips

Day Trips

Uncover the mysteries of Egypt with once in a lifetime day trips from Sharm El Sheikh. Explore the ancient pyramids in nearby Cairo or take to the waters of the Nile. The resort is also ideally located next to the Sinai desert, perfect for thrilling jeep safaris.

Boat Trips

The popular glass-bottomed boat trips offer a fascinating insight into the wonders of the area's marine life. From intricate coral to tropical fish, the boat trip allows you to see it all, and from the comfort of your own seat. Trips leave daily and are easily bookable through your hotel.

Shopping

The resort is a shopper’s paradise with everything from designer outlets to traditional shops. Head to the local bazaars and markets to haggle for a bargain; local goods include rugs, jewellery and leather textiles. For a truly authentic experience, Dahab, to the north, is bursting with stalls and has a laid-back atmosphere.

Culture

The resort and surrounding area is perfect for those wanting to explore Egypt’s culture and heritage. Aside from the jaw-dropping Pyramids, St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai is well worth a visit during a holiday in Sharm El Sheikh, as is Old Sharm in the centre.

Sharm El Sheikh Family Getaways

Beaches

With pristine beaches and safe shallow waters, Sharm El Sheikh family holidays are perfect for all ages. The warm, calm Red Sea is ideal for little ones and parents can relax while children play in designated beachside play areas. The beaches are well maintained and clean and many beach activities can be arranged for children.

All Inclusive

Many Sharm El Sheikh hotels offer great all-inclusive family packages, making holidays to this Egyptian paradise completely hassle free. Many of the area's hotels have children’s pools as well as play areas and designated kids' clubs. There are also babysitting services available and family sections in hotel restaurants. A great hotel to check out is the Hilton Sharm Waterfalls, a luxury hotel with an abundance of activities, vast restaurant choices and numerous pools and other facilities that the whole family will love.

Things to Do

With group dive packages available and fun-filled excursions for all the family, holidays in Sharm El Sheikh are perfect for all ages. For those not old enough to dive, glass-bottomed boats provide a fun and safe alternative. Many day trips can be tailor-made to suit different ages including Nile and Cairo tours.

Hotels

There are plenty of family friendly hotels available within Sharm El Sheikh, not many better than the Rehana Resort found at the beautiful Nabq Bay. With plenty of amenities and facilities on hand, it's sure to make a relaxing and entertaining stay for your family holiday.

Sharm El Sheikh Romantic Breaks

Attractions for Couples

Sharm El Sheikh couples holidays are full of sun-soaked days and warm, balmy nights. The area’s secluded beaches and spectacular sunsets make the region extra special for honeymooners. With outstanding scenery and great opportunities to star gaze, Sharm El Sheikh is one of the most romantic places on earth.

Hotels

Sharm El Sheikh’s hotels are famous for being the utmost in luxury and decadence. Couples will enjoy fantastic double rooms, many of which have private balconies with outstanding views. Hotel staff can help make trips extra special by organising couples' massages, private dining and tailor-made pyramid excursions.

Restaurants

With fine restaurants, which serve everything from local delicacies to European and Asian fare, couples can enjoy intimate meals that will suit every taste. The market in Old Sharm is also a great place for a romantic stroll and sells everything from hot drinks to fresh fruit.

Nightlife

Na’ama Bay’s thriving nightlife scene is perfect for couples or newlyweds to dance the night away in style. Alternatively climb aboard the Pacha party boat or visit the ever-popular Hard Rock Café. There are also casinos, pubs as well as intimate music clubs, where you’ll be serenaded by traditional Egyptian music.

Useful information

Language
Arabic (French and English widely spoken)
Currency
Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Local time
GMT/BST +2 hours
Airport
Sharm El Sheikh
Flight time
5 hours 45 minutes