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Sharm el Sheikh Holiday Destination Guide


Sharm el Sheikh is a region within Egypt that lies at the southern most tip of the Sinai Peninsula. It overlooks the Red Sea and has a wonderful warm climate all year round. In the summer months the temperatures range between 20 and 45 degrees Celsius and in the winter time from 15-35 on average.

There are three main areas within Sharm el Sheikh Na’ama Bay, Ras Um Sid, and Sharm el Maya. Na’ama Bay is the main seafront development full of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. It has wonderful wide paved walkways lined with bougainvillea and oleander which look and smell wonderful. Ras Um Sid is the cliff top area which links the two bays. Its high cliff is home to quite a few hotels and the views here are pretty amazing. Sharm el Maya is the second bay area. Here you’ll find the harbour and the old town as well as a profusion of palm trees that make the area feel lovely and relaxed.

The sea here is clear and calm as well as warm, and offers excellent opportunities to anyone wanting to explore the underwater nature reserve of Ras Mohammed National Park. There are many interesting fish and coral that can be found locally (over 1000 different species of fish) as well as plenty of other marine life, and the area is well known to divers and snorkelers world wide.

Although the marine life is one of the most spectacular draws to the region, there are plenty of other things to do here too. The region has become quite a well developed holiday spot, and offers amongst other things golf, wind surfing, snorkelling, diving, horse riding and other sports both on and off land. Desert safari’s are popular, and can be arranged with transport of either jeep or camel, and the local Bedouin markets are well worth a trip if just to see the amazing colourful handicrafts on sale. Nearby Mount Sinai makes for an interesting trip if you don’t have young children with you (it’s not really suitable for the young or infirm as you do need to be quite fit and have a fair bit of stamina to undertake the walking involved). Of course if none of this appeals, then there is always plenty of sunshine and sand on the beaches locally too.

The Cleo Park at Na’ama bay is a water park with a Pharaoh theme. It’s quite suitable for younger children as well as having plenty of exciting and thrilling rides to entertain older kids and young adults alike.

There are a number of bars, nightclubs and discos available locally as well as restaurants and casinos which also offer evening entertainment. For families however, many of the hotels offer evening entertainment which is family oriented. Another night time option is to escape from the bright lights of the city and head out into the desert on a star gazing trip followed by a traditional Bedouin feast.

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