Sharm El Sheik – Holidays on the Red Sea Riviera
Culture and History in Sharm el Sheikh
Sharm el Sheikh, or the ‘Sharm’ as it’s often called, sits in Egypt on the shores of the Red Sea. It is a relatively new resort by today’s standards, beginning life as an early Bedouin settlement before divers began running day trips to the area for paying customers. It was only in the early 1980s when building in the area began, and yet it is now one of the most sought after locations for a holiday.
The weather in Sharm el Sheikh is hot, and it really doesn’t matter when you’re visiting either, and despite its considerable distance from the UK, holidays in Sharm el Sheikh are popular with British holidaymakers.
The local culture is prevalent throughout the resort, partly due to the fact that the early developers of the tourist trade eventually became residents of the area themselves and visitors are able to enjoy some of Egypt’s most interesting sites, such as Mount Sinai or the Pyramids, by taking advantage of the numerous Sharm el Sheikh excursions that leave from the resort daily.
Entertainment in Sharm el Sheikh
When planning holidays to Sharm el Sheikh it’s often a good idea to look at what’s on in advance. There are several festivals held throughout the year and these days of celebration when the locals enjoy parades and dancing, as well as fishing competitions and camel races, and these festivals can be organised to celebrate anything, from the start of Spring to the ending of a battle.
Other things to do in Sharm el Sheikh include the highly acclaimed diving trips (there are plenty to choose from), camel rides, and an evening trip to go star gazing in the desert followed by a romantic night in a Bedouin tent.
Evening entertainment in the area is just as abundant as its daytime activities, but in this case, many of the most popular nightclubs are located in the main hotels. The Pacha nightclub in Naama Bay Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most exclusive in the area, with VIP tables and personal bouncers – for the rich and famous only of course – and an open-air dance floor complete with decorative pool.
Transportation to Sharm el Sheikh/in Sharm el Sheikh
Prices for cheap flights to Sharm el Sheikh can come in at around £350 return from London and take around five hours depending upon your departure airport and the number of stops (if any). There aren’t as many budget airlines offering flights to Egypt as the main carriers, but if you’re prepared to travel in the winter months you’ll be able to find plenty of cheap holidays in Sharm el Sheikh. (There’s a search form at the bottom of this page to help you hunt for the perfect flights for you).
Travel around the resort area is possible by bus, but as everywhere is reasonably close, taxis are a convenient alternative.
Accommodation in Sharm el Sheikh
Five-star hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are plentiful and are often over the top opulence and lavish in style. The Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh is an example of this type of hotel – it provides a first-class personal service for all its guests, where every need is catered for. It offers room service facilities, airport transfers on request and, very thoughtfully, allows guests to make use of the spa facilities after their checkout time.
The Tiran Island Hotel Sharm el Sheikh is a fantastic family-oriented resort lying just ten miles from the airport, which makes travelling with young children reasonably manageable. It offers an all-inclusive package with excellent buffet dining options, and its friendly staff are on hand to help guests book activities and trips out with the hotel.
Holiday Facilities in Sharm el Sheikh
Your holidays in Sharm el Sheikh can be as relaxing or as action packed as you like, and with plenty of activities on offer, you’ll be sure to spend at least some of your time just trying to make up your mind.
Groups of friends will delight in the opportunity to go kite surfing on the long, flat beaches at Nabq. This is a fast-paced adrenaline packed activity, and it’s probably best done in the early morning before the air heats up too much.
Couples can enjoy the underwater serenity of scuba diving with one of the many tour operators leaving from the local resorts. Marvel at the amazing underwater scenery and marine life as you experience the weightlessness of swimming beneath the surface of the red sea.
Families wanting to get out on the water can relax on a trip on the Red Sea by glass-bottomed boat. The kids will love the chance to see the brightly coloured fish up close, and parents can sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about any of the details.