Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most cosmopolitan resorts along this stunning shoreline.
With miles of parasol-dotted beaches, some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in the country, plus bars, restaurants and a huge dose of old world charm, there is plenty to keep the boredom at bay in Sharm.
Sharm el Sheikh holidays begin when you step into that familiar wall of heat as you get off your plane at Sharm el Sheikh International Airport (SSH). From there it's onwards to either Sharm itself or one of a handful of popular resorts served by the airport.
Nabq Bay, Sharks Bay, Naama Bay and Om El Seid Hill are just four of the fabulous seaside resorts dotted along this stretch of coast at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula.
The chance to take part in watersports draws tourists here, as does the underwater world that floats around the spectacular coral reefs in this part of the Red Sea. A kaleidoscope of colour awaits divers, and dolphins are known to put in regular appearances. Even if you don't want to dive, the door to the underwater world is open via a snorkel and mask off one of the many lovely beaches. Clear and warm waters make this a fantastic place to dive or snorkel, regardless of your level of experience.
The hotels in this part of Egypt have such incredible facilities that many holidaymakers choose to base themselves in the hotel grounds for the duration of the holiday. There really is no need to leave.
Those looking to see more of the resort, the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt are spoiled for choice though. Sharm el Maya is Sharm's old town and there are plenty of cafés and stalls to thrill the senses of tourists. SOHO Square entertainment centre is in Sharm's downtown area and offers family entertainment in the form of a bowling alley, an ice-skating rink (yes, really) and family-friendly eateries. There are bars, casinos and nightclubs for the adults. St Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Desert is a worthwhile day trip, while longer excursions to Egypt's famous treasures, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, can be organised in the resorts.
Holidays in Sharm el Sheikh are a great option for families, groups and couples, with hotels and attractions catering for everyone. Start your Sharm story today and use TravelSupermarket's price checker to search for your holiday.
The summer months are hot, hot, hot and temperatures can reach 40C during June, July and August. Many holidaymakers choose to take holidays in Sharm el Sheikh during the relatively cooler months in spring and autumn. Expect averages of 25C in April and November. It never gets cold.
International Camel Competition; April: See the crowning of the fastest camel in the whole of Sinai.
International Shopping and Tourism Festival; July: Yes, it's as brazen as it sounds. Tourism bosses in the resort organise super discounts at a range of outlets, including hotels. You might be able to take advantage and bag a bargain.
Best of Sharm El Sheikh holidays for...
- Kids & teens: There is plenty to keep the kids amused in SOHO Square entertainment centre. Bowling, ice skating and soft play areas are among the attractions.
- Active types: Divers will find an underwater paradise in the Red Sea. Ras Mohammed National Park is an ideal jumping-off point for marine exploration.
- Shopping: Tour the old town and haggle with stallholders to take home a piece of Sharm el Sheikh. Spices, leather and silver are good buys here. Sharm el Sheikh is also home to a handful of international outlets.
- Romance: Dune buggies might not sound romantic, but when they whisk you across the sands to a remote Bedouin camp, from where you can gaze at the stars, you might think differently.
- Nightlife: Bars and clubs compete for trade along this stretch of Red Sea coast and there is a range of nightspots to suit your after-hours mood.