Sharm El Sheikh is located on the Sinai Peninsula and is split into three main areas; Na’ama bay, Ras Um Sid Cliff and Sharm El Maya. Na’ama Bay is the hub of evening entertainment with many shops, bars and restaurants to choose from incorporating eastern influences with international flavours. Relax on one of the many private sections of white sandy beach provided by the beachfront hotels whilst watching the world go by. The area of Ras Um Sid Cliff joins Na’ama bay with Sharm El Maya and is in a picturesque, cliff top position so many hotel rooms will have fabulous views out over the crystal clear waters of Sharm El Sheikh whilst the pretty palm fringed resort Sharm El Maya oozes sophistication and class.
What to do in Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh offers holidaymakers of all ages a variety of entertainment throughout the day and evening including desert safaris, discos, nightclubs, casinos, golf courses, shopping and of course an abundance of water sports. World renowned for its breathtaking coral reefs and vibrant marine life Sharm El Sheikh entices divers from beginners to experienced to sample the underwater adventures that await them and catch a glimpse of the rare species of tropical fish that pass you by. Don’t fancy diving into the deep blue sea, then take time out to snorkel amongst the tropical waters just off the shore and capture the beauty of the world below. Don’t forget your waterproof camera, there are amazing pictures to take home. Continue Reading
Egypt boasts many resorts along the Red Sea; Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Makadi Bay, Taba, Nuweiba and El Gouna. Each offering amazing sandy beaches and clear blue waters against a backdrop of rich red mountains.
The Red Sea is known as one of the world’s top diving and snorkelling sites. There most popular resorts that marine lovers travel to are Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh where from here you can swim the crystal clear and warm sea to one of the many nearby wrecks – explore the underwater world and make friends with locals of the sea. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver the Red Sea has it all from easily reached vibrant coral reefs with shallow waters to sheep drops and unexplored areas. With over 800 species of fish there is something to excite everyone on the Red Sea.
Whether you’re a water baby or a sun worshiper the Red Sea has it all with its glorious white sandy beaches sprinkled with sun beds and umbrellas lined with lush palm trees that seem to go on for miles. A popular way to spend the day is soaking up the rays of one of the many spectacular beaches or rummaging around the bustling bazaars for the ultimate bargain, pick up an authentic gift to remember your stay by the Red Sea. A true paradise that many have discovered and cant get enough of, the Red Sea awaits you.
Nuweiba which is still unspoilt by tourism is the ultimate hideaway to kick back and enjoy a slow paced lifestyle. During the day relax on the gorgeous stretch of sandy beach along the Sinai Peninsula backed by the Sinai mountains or scuba dive in the offshore reefs and see the wonders of Nuweiba’s marine life, you will be sure to spot turtles, seahorses, clownfish and many colourful corals – perfect for divers of all abilities.
The neighbouring destinations of Jordan and Israel are within easy reach for an unbeatable day out as are the sights of the golden desert. Barter with the friendly Bedouin traders of Tarabin for a range of gifts on sale and take up the duty free prices. For an impressive sight to see travel to the base if Mount Sinai to view St Catherine’s Monastery, a fabulous holy site that attracts all kinds of people or spend the day trekking and exploring Nuweiba.
Nuweiba offers a range of accommodations from popular top hotels to Bedouin camps for that real taste of Egypt and is split into 3 areas; The Town, The Dunes and Nuweiba Port so there’s plenty to see and do. Perfect for relaxing Nuweiba boasts many restaurants and bars or for a romantic break visit the Dunes where you can find pretty little beach bungalows with thatched roofs to escape to. For a more lively atmosphere travel to the home of the Tarabin Tribe of the Bedouin in the north of Nuweiba.
Hurghada, with its gently shelving beaches and crystal-clear waters, is ideal for a beach based holiday. Endless sunny days spent relaxing at the edge of the pool or on the beach, or for the more energetic there is an abundance of watersports to choose from. There is a vast range of smart hotels to choose from in Hurghada, many with their own private beach.
Hurghada, once a sleepy fishing village is now one of the largest of the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera resorts and continues to expand every year but it has still managed to retain its Egyptian atmosphere and character. There is a great selection of restaurants around, whether you fancy something local or something of a more international flavour. Visit downtown Hurghada for a spot of souvenir shopping or why not try a bit of haggling in the bazaar area and pick up a bargain – leather and gold are good value.
If you are into diving the marine life in Hurghada, with its delicate corals and abundance of tropical fish, is amazing. Whether you are complete beginner or an experienced diver the Red Sea is second to none for scuba diving. For the beginner there are many shallow reefs with an abundance of marine life and for the more experienced diver there are numerous wrecks to explore as well as dramatic walls and drop offs. The Giftun Islands, one of the protected areas in the Red Sea is one of the main dive sites for day boats going out from Hurghada.
El Gouna, nestled at the edge of the desert with a dramatic mountain backdrop is a stylish new resort on the Red Sea Riviera offering a relaxing setting with beautiful sandy beaches and sparkling waters. A sun worshippers paradise also offers an excellent selection of bars and restaurants serving international or traditional cuisine, health and beauty spas and even a golf course. The snorkelling and diving in this area is superb and there is variety of watersports facilities to choose from.
El Gouna is a modern resort built along the beachfront in an Arabesque style and has been developed with the tourist in mind. The elegant Abu Tig Marina offers a selection of eateries from traditional Egyptian food such as kofta and shwarma kebabs, tahini dips, humous and fried chickpea falafel. Or you can sample more international cuisine if this is more to your taste.
There is a wide variety of accommodation in El Gouna to suit every budget and requirement, from small guesthouses to luxurious beachfront hotels. Downtown El Gouna, or Kafr El Gouna has got plenty going on both day and night, you will find shopping arcades, bazaars, restaurants and bars.
Egypt, a fascinating blend of ancient and modern, is a destination that can boast a fantastic variety of cultural, beach, dive and cruise holidays. It is only a 5 to 6 hour flight from the UK with over 10 million visitors in 2010. Egypt is outside the EU therefore not subject to Duty Free abolition.
There is so much to see and do in Egypt. Sample the Egyptian food, a blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, enjoy bartering to your hearts content in one of the bazaars for stone carvings, leatherwork and spices, or enjoy some of the entertainment in one of the hotels. Go diving and snorkelling, experience a Nile cruise or venture into the Sinai desert, or visit one of the many famous monuments and archaeological attractions. Wherever and whatever you choose gives you real value for money in Egypt. Continue Reading