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