Sharm el-Sheikh Holidays
Famous for its great weather, stunning beaches and top diving spots, Sharm el-Sheikh has emerged as one of Egypt’s most famous holiday resorts. Whether you are a keen diver or looking for a family beach holiday – Sharm el-Sheikh will not disappoint.
If you fancy a break from the beach, Sharm El-Sheik has plenty of attractions inland such as shopping and historical monuments.
Unfortunately, Sharm el-Sheikh does not have much in the way of budget accommodation. Nevertheless, you can make some great savings on mid-range hotels if you book in advance or consider visiting in one of the shoulder seasons. Some of the best-value mid-range accommodation can be found in the Hadaba area.
If you are planning the ultimate luxury Sharm el-Sheikh break, most of the city’s high-end hotels are situated in the north and in the Na’ama Bay area. Some of the best hotels in the area include the Coralia Hotel and the Hyatt Regency.
While Sharm el-Sheikh may not have as many landmarks as other popular Egypt holiday resorts, there are a number of historical attractions which are not to be missed. One of the most famous attractions in Sharm el-Sheikh is the Burning Bush which is said to have burned when God spoke to Moses. The Burning Bush is situated in the St. Catherine’s monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai.
Sharm el-Sheikh is renowned throughout the world for its great diving opportunities and it is easy to see why. With warm clear waters and an abundance of colourful sea life, diving in the Red Sea is a fantastic experience. Two of the best places to go diving in Sharm el-Sheikh are Ras Mohammed Marine National Park at the tip of Sinai and the Straight of Tiran which is a few kilometres north of Sharm el-Sheikh.
If you enjoy playing golf, the chances are that you are already familiar with Sharm el-Sheikh’s Jollie Ville Golf Resort. The course is about 3 miles away from the centre of the city and has world-class facilities. The course itself is set in a desert and is visually stunning thanks to the dramatic Sinai Desert Mountains and abundance of lakes.
If you are keen to pick up some souvenirs to bring back for your friends and family, head to the markets. Popular local goods include leather bags, jewellery, spices and glass perfume bottles. The bulk of Sharm’s shops and stalls can be found in the Na’ama Bay area. However, if you are looking for a bargain, go to the Old Market or to the nearby town of Dahab which offers even better value for money.