With over 50 miles of coastline, fantastic shopping, and world-class diving, there are plenty of reasons to visit Sharm el-Sheikh. Despite recent turbulence, the primary tourist hotspot on the Red Sea is still an irresistible location for a dream holiday. Don’t be fooled by Sharm el-Sheik’s moniker “The Benidorm of the Red Sea”: like all great places, the city holds hidden treasures, waiting to be discovered.
Sharm el-Sheikh is a purpose-built resort, spanning across the coves of Na’ama Bay and Sharm al-Maya. The resort may not be laden with traditional Egyptian culture, but this stretch of coastline, located on the Sinai Peninsula in the south of the Gulf of Aqaba, boasts some of the best underwater scenery in the world, making it a divers’ paradise. In Sharm, you can bask in glorious sun, snorkelling and diving until your heart is content. If you find yourself wanting to escape your cocoon of tourism and fancy taking in a bit of culture, there are plenty of trips to world-famous heritage sites where you can discover the delights of Ancient Egypt. With its guaranteed winter sun and endless opportunities, your trip to Sharm el-Sheikh promises to be an unforgettable one.
Direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh will bring you to Sharm el-Sheikh Airport (SSH), 11 miles from the main resort.
Sharm el-Sheikh enjoys an arid climate, with very little rain. The main difference between the summer and winter months is the cooler night time temperatures in the winter (November to March), as well as the occasional torrential shower, which can offer a refreshing reprieve from the warm days. If you are looking for cheap flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, plan your trip from March – June or October – November, when temperatures are not too high and there are fewer tourists.
The Red Sea is a veritable playground, just waiting to be discovered. Whether you are an experienced scuba diver or you just dabble in the odd bit of snorkelling, don’t miss out on the incredible reefs on your trip to Sharm el-Sheikh. There are a range of beginners’ courses and organised excursions that will suit a full range of abilities, so shop around and find one that is right for you. A word of advice: don’t be tempted to overestimate your abilities in order to join a “better” excursion – some of the dives, such as the Jolanda and Shark reefs depend on strong currents and you don’t want to find yourself out of your depth (literally). Aside from the fantastic diving, at Sharm el-Sheikh you can choose any kind of water sport, from water skiing to windsurfing, kite surfing to boat trips. Whatever your capabilities and energy levels, you can explore the delights of this magnificent ocean in a manner that is well within your comfort zone. Many hotels offer deals on excursions, but do ask advice, shop around, and make sure that you are choosing a reputable company. Ras Mohammed National Park is spread over a vast space of sea and land. Unaffected by Sharm el-Sheikh’s ever-growing tourist trade, the park is home to untouched deserts, some of the region’s most famous snorkelling and diving sites, and stunning beaches. Within the park’s waters, divers can explore thousands of species of fish, families of sea turtles and vibrant coral reefs.Of course, if all that surfing, diving and swimming seems like too much hard work, you can just find a spot on one of the pristine white-sand beaches and soak up the glorious views as the sun warms your skin.
Sharm el-Sheikh is surrounded by the Red Sea on one side and mountains on the other, making it feel relatively isolated from the rest of Egypt. In fact, it can be easy to forget that you are in Egypt at all. Despite this, the resort is fairly well located and there are plenty of day trips to choose from which will give you a delightful insight into Egypt’s long and rich history. There are plenty of ways you can explore the desert. Go on a safari – choose between a 4x4, quad bike, or a camel train. Discover the Bedouin way of life via a night camping in a Bedouin tent, enjoying a traditional Egyptian feast and a taste of authentic Bedouin tea. Or, you can visit the Valley of Camels (Wadi National Park), 6,000 square metres of desert, mangroves and acacias. Bedouins still inhabit the national park – many trips arrange for a meeting, where you can try home-made camel cheese. If you have the time, inclination, and money, you can venture further afield to the Great Pyramids of Giza (which involves a flight to Cairo), or The Valley of the Kings; historical sites that were built to allow their occupants passage to heaven, and which give us an incredible insight into the life of Ancient Egyptians. The Valley of the Kings is situated on the banks of the Nile, just outside Luxor. The 4,000-year-old site was the burial ground for pharaohs include Ramesis I and Tutankhamun, while Luxor, which was built upon the site of the ancient city of Thebes, is home to a vast open-air museum and the magnificent Temple of Karnack. A three-hour journey from Sharm el-Sheikh, you will find Mount Sinai, the spot at which Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. If you want make the most of this experience, head to the Mount for sunrise; watching the sun rise from the top, and the exquisite, unspoilt desert unfold before your eyes is a simply mesmerising experience. When you descend the mountain, drop into St Catherine’s monastery, one of the oldest Christian buildings in existence.
Let’s start with the drink; as one may expect from Egypt’s premier tourist spot, the nightlife in Sharm is vibrant, with plenty of choice. Along the main strip, you will find the serious clubs, such as the Hard Rock Café and Pacha, which, predictably, pull crowds of revellers. If you prefer a cocktail at sunset to shots at the nightclub, head for the waterfront, where you will find authentic entertainment and plenty of more sedate bars and restaurants. Unsurprisingly, Sharm el-Sheikh offers pretty much everything when it comes to food. Most major international cuisines are represented in some shape or form; Chinese, Italian and Indian restaurants nestling alongside international fast food chains. If you want a slightly more authentic taste of Egypt, ask around for good places to eat; a great place to start is with fresh from a street vendor. Delicate, fruity spices, plenty of pulses and fresh flavours are typical of Egyptian cuisines, as well as delicious seafood, straight from the ocean. At first glance, Sharm el-Sheikh appears to be the standard, custom-made tourist resort. However, scratch the surface and you will discover a hidden gem of the Red Sea. Let Travangelo help you to find cheap flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, where you can create the holiday of your dreams.