Sharm el Sheikh was once a small fishing village but has now grown into one of the most popular travel destinations in Egypt. The resort stretches for more than 20 miles along the Red Sea coast and has a National Marine Park at either end. The resort has an area to suit everyone, from the lively Naama Bay to the Old Town which offers authentic souks and bazaars. The resort offers mainly all-inclusive accommodation but if you are looking for budget accommodation, this can be found in the Hadaba area and Shark’s Bay. The hotels in Sharm offer an array of facilities including health and fitness centres, gyms and spas. Check out this website for some unmissable offers to Sharm el Sheikh resorts.
Sharm el Sheikh has over 20 miles of golden sandy beaches, all lapped by the crystal clear warm waters of the Red Sea. Whether you are looking for a peaceful secluded beach, a lively beach bar area or exciting water sports, there is a beach to suit everyone here. Naama Bay is the largest and liveliest beach in Sharm el Sheikh. This stretch of coastline is split into public areas and private areas which are owned by the beachfront hotels. Visitors are allowed to use all areas but the hotels may charge non-guests to use their sunbeds. Behind the beach there is a promenade lined with hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. This stretch of beach is very busy in the peak season with visitors looking for water sports which include water-skiing, jet-skiing, wind surfing, kite surfing, parasailing, sailing, kayaking and banana boats. The long, golden sands of Nosrani Bay are perfect for those seeking a quieter, less crowded beach. This is one of the lesser developed beaches in the area, with less hotels and beach bars. Due to the strong winds here the beach is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers.
One of the main attractions of Sharm is the scuba diving. Some of the best dive sites in the world are found here, including the Ras Mohamed Marine Park, Sharks Reef, Yolanda Reef and Tiran Island. For some of the best snorkelling in Sharm you will need to visit the Ras um Sid beach in the Hadaba area to the south. This quiet beach has its own jetty stretching out over the amazing coral reef. Snorkelling here enables you to see
some spectacular marine life including turtles, whale sharks and manta rays. From here you can take a scuba diving trip to the Ras Mohamed Marine Park. For those who do not want to get wet there are glass-bottomed boat rides which are ideal for all ages. This is a great way to experience the stunning scenery under the surface of the Red Sea, from spectacular coral gardens to the masses of colourful fish darting through the reefs.
Away from the beach there is so much to do including trips to Cairo and Luxor to see Egypt’s world famous ancient attractions, a visit to Mount Sinai, excursions to St Catherine’s Monastery, Bedouin feasts under the stars, desert jeep safaris, quad biking, camel rides, horse riding and much more.
The Sharm el Sheikh area has two distinct seasons; summer and winter. Winter is from October to April and is as hot as a UK summer with temperatures between 21C and 30C and up to 10 hours of sunshine a day. The summer season is between May and September and gets extremely hot with temperatures between 32C and 35C, often reaching 40C and higher. The sea is at its warmest in July and August. For scuba diving the best time to visit is between May and September when there are more fish around and underwater visibility is at its best. This is the hottest time of the year with temperatures often exceeding 40C. For beach holidays, nightlife and activity holidays October to April is the best time to visit with temperatures at a comfortable 20C to 30C and plenty of sunshine hours. Sharm is very busy at Christmas, New Year and Easter, as well as during April and November which are considered as the high season. If you are visiting in March or April you should be aware that the resort can get very windy at this time of the year.
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