Sharm el Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh has a deserved reputation of providing stunning holidays at an extremely reasonable cost. It is the perfect destination for those seeking sun, sea and all the fun of a Mediterranean style holiday while avoiding the often higher cost of the Euro zone resorts.
Sharm as it is commonly known by its many repeat visitors is located 500 kms south east of Cairo on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and is less than a twenty minute transfer from the newly modernised Sharm El Sheikh airport.
The resort offers arguably the most dazzlingly underwater adventures in the world and has long been the destination of choice for both the leisure and pro diver, if you prefer to spend your time looking at the sea rather then swimming beneath it then the beauty of the pristine beaches will not disappoint.
Imagine spending lazy days sunbathing beneath the hot Egyptian sun on that flawless white sandy beach, with year round sunshine and a selection of hotels ranging from value bed and breakfast to 5* Hotels such as the Hilton Waterfalls or Inter Plaza Beach, you’re sure to find the right holiday in Sharm El sheikh for you.
Lamp posts in el salam street work by solar power. taxi and buses are numbered for safety.
Sharm’s marina has been redeveloped for private yachts and sailboats, with a passenger terminal for cruise ships.
Sharm has frequent coach services to Cairo leaving from the Delta Sharm bus station.
The city experiences a subtropical arid climate, classified by the Köppen-Geiger system as hot desert (BWh). Typical temperatures range from 18 to 23 °C (64 to 73 °F) in January and 33 to 37 °C (91 to 99 °F) in August. The temperature of the Red Sea in this region ranges from 21 to 28 °C (70 to 82 °F) over the course of the year. Different sources give different average temperatures for the city.
Marsa Alam, Kosseir and Sharm el-Sheikh have the warmest winter night temperatures of cities and resorts in Egypt.
The highest recorded temperature was 46 °C (115 °F) on June 3, 2013, and the lowest recorded temperature was 5 °C (41 °F) on February 23, 2000.
Dining out in Sharm el Sheikh is hugely pleasurable, whether you’re looking for an authentic snack or a three course meal in an exclusive restaurant. There are a number of British restaurants and bars for those who are looking for a taste of home, while there’s a wealth of other cuisines available too, from Lebanese to Asian and everything in between.
If you’re interested in Egyptian cuisine, there are many local restaurants, where you should expect local seafood, freshly baked breads, but no alcohol, although some restaurants do have a ‘bring your own bottle’ policy. There’s very little you can’t find in terms of food within Sharm el Sheikh, from fast food establishments to little bistros for a romantic meal, so take some time to explore.
A number of hotels also offer restaurants which are open to non-guests but these are often more expensive than eating elsewhere in the resort. A number of local bars offer shishah pipes and tea, which is a different way to experience local culture; most bars which offer shisha will not serve alcohol.
The majority of locals will speak multi languages including English.
The local currency is the Egyptian Pound.
Most hotels have excellent bars for you to enjoy both day and night. Hadaba and the Naama Bay area, with its bustling bazaars, are great places to go for trendy bars, restaurants, and clubs. Here you can relax with a cocktail or a shisha pipe and take in the sunset at one of the many rooftop bars! Here are some of the highlights…
- Hard Rock Café, Naama Bay
- Little Budda disco, Naama Bay
- Pangeae night club, Sharks Bay
- Fantasia belly dancing club, Hadaba/Ras um Sid
- La Strada area, Nabq
There is a huge number of restaurants to choose from in Sharm el Sheikh, catering for an international clientele with a huge choice of styles: from western fast food to Lebanese and Egyptian cuisine and wonderful seafood! Here are some of our favourites…
- Saffron for middle eastern food, Sharks Bay
- El Mercato Sushi restaurant, Hadaba/Ras um Sid
- Hard Rock Café, Naama Bay
- Tahi Chinese restaurant, Naama Bay
- El Masrrieen for oriental food, Nabq