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Sharm El Sheikh Holidays are renowned for beautiful diving, amazing desert mountains and sunny beaches. Use our Sharm El Sheikh Travel Guide below for information on Sharm El Sheikh holidays, hotels in Sharm El Sheikh and for information on what to do and see.
Sharm El Sheikh is situated on the coast of Egypt on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, fringed by the beautiful warm clear waters of the Red Sea. Sharm El Sheikh holidays are popular with UK tourists, offering a taste of Egyptian culture along with top class hotel facilities, sunshine, shopping, scuba diving and ample opportunities to enjoy the many activities the resort has to offer.
Although highly popular with scuba diving enthusiasts, Sharm el Sheikh is also popular with families and holidaymakers alike. Ras Mohammed Marine National Park attracts divers worldwide due to its reputation as one of the best dive regions in the world. But Sharm also offers many family holiday activities and unusual things to do including camel riding and desert safaris, not to mention the plethora of activities, kids clubs and sports facilities available in many of the major hotels in this busy holiday resort.
If sun-worshipping is what you like to do, Sharm el Sheikh offers plenty of opportunities to sunbathe on one of its long stretches of pebble and sand beaches. If you fancy doing something slightly more energetic, hire a canoe or windsurf from one of the many watersports centres that can be found along the coastline here.
Many UK holidaymakers visit Sharm El Sheikh for winter sun holidays as the average temperature there is still in the 20°C's between November and March. From April onwards the area heats up and average daytime temperatures of 40°C can be reached. Rainfall is minimal during both seasons and Sharm El Sheikh is generally hot and dry all year round.
Sharm el Sheikh still remains a firm favourite with UK holidaymakers, due to its wealth of sandy beaches, milder weather compared to Egypt's inland and fascinating underwater life in the Red Sea. Sharm is often chosen as a popular destination for Red Sea Holidays and has many different areas available within the resort to choose from as it is a large area and is constantly growing due to development. Sharm el Maya, the old town, which consists of the market area, port and marina, contrasts with the tourist focused holiday resorts surrounding it. The main tourist resorts of Sharm El Sheikh are clustered along the various bays on the coastline such as Sharks Bay, Na'ama Bay and Nabq Bay, with Na'ama Bay being probably the most well known and where the highest concentration of holiday hotels are situated. Ras Um Sid, south of Sharm el Maya, has also developed due to local dive sites and hotels can be found along the coast here, with taxis available to take holidaymakers to Naama bay a short drive away. Sharks Bay is where you'll find top class hotels such as the Four Seasons and the Savoy.
It is partly due to the proximity of the Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and numerous charter flights from the UK that Sharm El Sheikh has grown into the large tourist development that is found today. There are plenty of flights to Sharm El Sheikh from various UK airports, available from many different tour operators. Flight times are typically 5 hours from the UK.
Sharm El Sheikh's nightlife tends to center around the resort of Na'ama Bay which has a huge choice of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops for holidaymakers to choose from. Holidaymakers meander along the vibrant promenade here dotted with cafes, bars and local bazaars. Many of the main large hotels in the different resorts also offer varied evening entertainment. It's worth noting that the legal drinking age is 21.
Sharm El Sheikh is considered one of the best dive areas in the world, with many outstanding diving and snorkelling holiday opportunities to choose from. Holiday Holiday has a number of specialist dive agents who can book a diving holiday to Sharm El Sheikh for you. Shopping is also a favourite pastime in Sharm El Sheikh although haggling is a must! There are many handicraft stalls and tourist shops selling Bedouin embroidery, semi-precious stones, perfumes and jewellery, various spices and Egyptian cotton linen. Feeling active? There are many activities to choose from such as horse riding, quad biking, golf, desert safaris, camel rides. If it's history or culture you're after St. Catherine's Monastery is approx. a 2.5 hour drive away at the foot of Mount Sinai where Moses received the 10 commandments. To visit the Pyramids, Cairo, and other ancient sites will involve a day's excursion if not more.
From its start as a small Bedouin fishing village to its growth into a large buzzing tourist resort today, Sharm El Sheikh stretches 35km along the coastline of the Red Sea and is now one of the most visited and important tourist resorts in the Red Sea. Its scenery of mountains, beaches and clear coastal waters attract many millions of people each year to its shores.Egypt|Cairo|Sharm El Sheikh|El Gouna|Hurghada