Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh Destination Guide

Sharm el Sheikh lies at the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, overlooking the Red Sea. The region is dry and temperate with wonderful warm weather all year round. In the winter months temperatures range from 15-35 degrees C, and in the summer from 20-45.

Sharm el Sheikh is divided into three main regions. Na’ama Bay which is the main sea front development where shops, restaurants, bars and cafes can be found, and which has the loveliest paved walkway along the sea front lined with oleander and bougainvillea. Ras Um Sid Cliff which is the cliff top area that links Na’ama Bay with Sharm el Maya and has a very high cliff with quite a number of hotels, and Sharm el Maya the second bay in the area, and where the old town can be found. This last is where the harbour is, and it’s profusion of palm trees is quite lovely to see.

The sea here is also warm, calm and clear and many people who come here enjoy exploring the Ras Mohammed National Park which is great for divers and snorkelers. This underwater nature reserve has some fantastic coral, fish and other marine life in it. In fact, more than 1000 fish species can be seen here including Coral grouper, Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, butterfly fish, map angelfish, threadfins and scorpion fish. There are also many coral reefs to be seen as well.

Taking a family holiday to Sharm el Sheikh you might wonder what there is other than the marine life to interest younger members, but actually this region has become quite popular and well developed as a holiday hot spot over the last 20 or so years, so there is plenty to do. Sports, both aquatic and on dry land are popular, and so you could try you hand at golf, wind surfing, snorkelling, diving, or perhaps horse riding. You could take a desert safari by either camel or jeep, head into the old town and shop for colourful handicrafts at the local Bedouin markets, or just enjoy the sunshine sea and sand. A trip up Mount Sinai will offer you fantastic views, but this isn’t one to take small children on as you do need to be fit and have quite a bit of stamina for this.

For younger families, the Cleo Park at Naama bay is the first themed water park in Sharm el Sheikh. It’s full of interesting rides designed with pharaoh’s as its theme and has lots of excitement to offer thrill seeking water enthusiasts.

In the evenings, there is a good variety of bars, nightclubs and restaurants available, as well as discos and casinos, and many of the hotels offer evening entertainment as well. Alternatively you could choose to escape from the city lights and head out into the desert for some romantic star gazing and a Bedouin feast.