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Sharm el Sheikh - on the Red Sea, Egypt

For a holiday in the sun, with maybe a bit of culture thrown in, you could do a lot worse than jetting off for a week or two in Sharm el Sheikh. If your holiday in the sun is taking place in the spring or autumn, Sharm el Sheikh is one of the few short haul places you can head for with guaranteed sunshine.


Views of Sharm el Sheikh from a pier Views of Sharm el Sheikh from one of the many piers stretching into the Red Sea

Sharm (as Sharm el Sheikh is known) is located on the edge of the Red Sea, essentially a string of holiday resorts which back onto the beach, with a main street containing all the Egyptian souvenir shops you can handle; as well as those international brands McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks, Burger King and the popular Hard Rock Cafe.

Sharm el Sheikh security

You may be put off from visiting Sharm because of the various Middle East problems. Well, the authorities in Sharm take security very seriously indeed - they don't want that lucrative tourist trade to dry up, so there are plenty of check points on the transfer from the airport to the hotels, with the hotels also having their own security too. There really isn't anything to worry about. We also found walking down the main street at night felt safer than many of our British cities.

Beaches, water sports and sun

The beaches along the red Sea are incredible. The sea stays at knee night for, maybe, 50 metres, which makes this an ideal area to splash around for those with younger nippers in tow. Sharm el Sheikh has coral reef around the coastline, and while there are an assortment of companies willing to take you out on a scuba diving trip, you can get an eyeful of the submarine wildlife with a spot of snorkelling directly from the beach.

Water-sports are plentiful too, with all the favourites on offer: parasailing, banana boats and donuts are all on hand.


Water sports at Sharm el Sheikh Try some water-sports at Sharm el Sheikh - maybe a spot of parasailing

Where to stay in Sharm el Sheikh

The major tour operators all have resorts in Sharm el Sheikh, we were lucky enough to experience the Coral Sea Water World on a recent visit to Sharm. With Club Magic Life, Jaz Mirabel Beach and The Hyatt Regency being a few of other holiday resorts you may want to look at.

The beach at Sharm el Sheikh



Any tips when taking a holiday in Sharm el Sheikh

We all like different things on holiday, so the tips I have are based around our family holiday; although there are night clubs in Sharm, our 10pm bedtimes meant we didn't see much of them!

  1. Bring plenty of factor 30 - The temperature hits 35°C at the start of April, and goes much higher as the year progresses.
  2. Try snorkelling - it's free to do off the beach, and there are plenty of things to see.
  3. Don't worry - Sharm is a relaxed place, all be it with plenty of security to keep you safe.
  4. Cash is king - The Great British Pound goes down well in Sharm, so don't fret about the Egyptian Pound (LE).
  5. Talking about money - £10 = 100LE, so working out the conversions without the need for a calculator is staight forward.


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