Sharm el Sheikh beach resort, Eygpt

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Sharm-El-Sheikh is located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and is the ideal place if you are looking to get away from it all and want to enjoy the beaches, scuba diving and watersports for which this city is famous.

Why go?

If you love sun, sea and sand then Sharm-El-Sheikh is the destination for you all year round...

Sharm-El-Sheikh has seen a huge rise in the number of tourists who come for the watersports and beaches and this in turn has led to an influx of large hotel chains and the opening of the area's first aqua park hotel resort. The resort has a marina for private yachts but also operates ferry services to Hurghada and Aqaba as well as being a port for cruise ships.

The main attraction for visitors to this resort is the snorkelling and scuba diving and added to this is the fact that the resort boasts some stunning beaches and has a great all year round air and water temperature. Ras Mohammed, a national park at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and Nabq both have well known dive sites with many amazing discoveries to be made underneath the sea.

In addition, travelling inland will enable you to experience some of the history and culture that Egypt has to offer. If you want to experience more of this resort than just the diving and the beaches then other places to visit include Mount Sinai as well as the Monastery of St Catherine or even a trip into the Sahara. Alternatively you can take a coach from the bus station and pay a visit to Cairo.

How to get there

Flights to Sharm el Sheik run regularly from the UK and, as a winter escape destination, there are plenty of flights year round...

Sharm-El-Sheikh flights arrive at the city's airport (SSH) from all over the UK including London Gatwick (LGW) and London Heathrow (LHR) as well as regional airports such as Manchester (MAN) and the flight time is about 5 hours.

Getting to and from the airport

As a very popular holiday destination Sharm el Sheik's airport is busy and various transfer options are on offer...

As the resort is now home to many international hotels, the easiest way to get from the airport to your accommodation is to arrange a transfer with your hotel prior to departure.

However, it is possible to take one of the public buses that leave from the airport - they are cheap but often very packed.

If you have baggage and children, we recommend you take a convenient taxi - the airport has a rank just outside.

Where to stay?

Sharm el Sheik is noted for its excellent hotels with their modern facilities and grand designs; from families to young couples, there's something for every taste...

Sharm el Sheik is actually a very compact destination, with one main road lined with a range of luxury, five-star resort villages - with very impressive entrances - to smaller but equally smart budget hotels.

Where to stay is often a simple question of budget and noise! Staying close to the nightlife and bazaars of the town to the west is handy for younger travellers and families who want to shop and head to the waterpark.

Water sport lovers, scuba divers and sailing fans prefer to stay in the east near Ras Mohammed, a national park at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula, and Nabq - both have well known dive sites.

More centrally, but to the east of the busy centre, you will find quieter but luxurious hotels and private rentals that look out on to the shorelines from the pretty promenade.

Cheaper hotels are set back behind these but expect to have to cross the busy main road which has traffic day and night and is not ideal for families with young children, who may prefer to stick to the promenade hotels.

Accommodation is mainly all-inclusive at the larger resort hotels with excellent buffet meals and superb service. Competition among the hotels is strong and staff will work very hard to ensure you are satisfied with your experience.