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Sharm el Sheikh Holidays

Located on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, this vibrant resort is one of the most extraordinary diving destinations in Red Sea, Egypt.

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Packed with activities, above and below the waves

The Red Sea is one of the most extraordinary diving destinations in the world. The first people to descend on Sharm's shores were divers looking to explore the nearby underwater treasures, and the success of the resort today is a testament to how good the diving really is. With 250 reefs and over 1,000 species of marine life, it's a vibrant underwater paradise unrivalled by anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere.

Popular spots to take the plunge are Ras Mohammed and Ras Ghamila. Experienced divers flap their flippers in excitement at the prospect of exploring the underwater museum of SS Thistlegrom, a British wreck that sank in 1941 whilst carrying cargo. If you're a complete novice, you can find your fins at one of Sharm's dive schools. Plenty of places offer PADI training courses so you'll be swimming with the sharks in no time. If you prefer to splash around on the surface, there are lots of colourful lagoons and rocky inlets for you to explore. Kids can have fun finding Nemo in the warm, shallow waters at Shark's Bay. Just don't forget to pack your snorkel!

But don't be thinking Sharm el Sheikh is a one trick camel. You'll never be lost for something to do. Kids will love taking a camel ride along the beach, or dolphin spotting at Ras Mohammed National Park just offshore. For a dose of Egyptian culture how about taking a jeep safari into the Sinai Desert? Or having a candle-lit dinner under the stars in a Bedouin village? Or hiking from St Catherine's Monastery to the top of Mount Sinai to watch the sunset? Sharm is just three hours from the capital of Cairo, and it's possible to take a day trip to marvel at the pyramids and the mighty Sphinx. After all, it would be rude to travel all this way and not visit the Valley of the Kings.

Places to Visit

Cairo

Fly to Cairo for the day and see the city in style! Visit the famous Pyramids at Giza and the Giant Sphinx before heading to the market for some serious haggling.

Luxor

Take a flight to Luxor for the day and explore the temples, tombs and monuments that this fascinating city has on show. Enjoy lunch by the Nile or take a felluca ride along the famous waters.

Dahab

Another resort known for its scuba diving, and also for its great shopping. Enjoy a meal at a cafe by the sea with stunning views over to Saudi Arabia, especially beautiful at sunset as the land turns to glowing shades of crimson.

Purpose built with you in mind

If you had not seen Sharm el Sheikh since the eighties, you'd be in for a shock. This big, bright tourist resort is now completely unrecognisable from the quiet, desert fishing port it once was. Boasting big, luxurious hotels, casinos, nightclubs and sleek shopping malls, Sharm has been purpose built to fulfil your wildest desires. It offers all of the style and sophistication of the Caribbean, but in a Mediterranean resort with a much more fidget-bottom friendly flight time. It's clean, it's safe and it's great for children. Hotels here typically have excellent facilities for little ones. The beaches are clean and the shores are really shallow – perfect for them to splash around in. In fact, there's nothing we don't like about Sharm el Sheikh, and it really is no wonder why over 9,000 Brits jet off to the jewel of the Red Sea each week.

In the summer temperatures peak as high as 40°C and in the winter month they still linger at a rather lovely 20 °C. So whether you go in the scorching summer or pleasantly warm winter, Sharm El Sheikh is an ideal destination for sunbathing all year round.

Sharm el Sheikh boasts 60 kilometres of coastline, stretching from Nabq Bay in the north to Maya Bay in the south. The sand is really white, and as the Red Sea is the warmest in the world you'll never shudder as you dip your toes into the waves. Many hotels have their own stretches of sand, with plenty of sun loungers for you to top up your tan.

Hone your haggling skills in Sharm's shops

From shiny designer boutiques to little souk-like stalls there is all sorts of shopping to be had in Sharm el Sheikh. Unleash your inner Del Boy and have fun haggling for souvenirs at the labyrinthine Bedouin Bazaars where there are all sorts of handcrafted wares on offer, such as perfume, shisha pipes, Egyptian cotton and those nice leather sandals you've been eyeing up all week. If you're female, you can expect a lot of male flattery and if your partner tries to sell you off for a few camels, just make sure he haggles a good deal.

The Old Market, Sharm's Old Town, is a bustling Egyptian bazaar, full of thick, perfume-y smells and bright colours. As well as selling all of the somewhat predictable wares, Old Market is a great place to eat. Feast your eyes upon the street stalls selling local snacks, or head to one of the many varied restaurants for something more substantial.

For something a little closer to home, there are plenty of international chains and fast food eateries. And if you just fancy a cuppa, pop to one of the traditional cafes for a cup of habak tea and some shisha – or "hubbly bubbly" as the locals call it.

"Sheikh it" in Naama Bay

Back in the 80s, Naama Bay is where it all began. Today, the site of the first hotel has developed into a cosmopolitan resort, full of bright lights and swanky establishments. Walk like an Egyptian down Naama Bay promenade, stopping in at the popular Tam Tam Oriental Café, or take a stroll down Peace Road at the edge of the desert to breathe in the warm evening air. Come nightfall, Naama Bay flicks on its neon lights and really comes alive. Bars, restaurants, shisha cafes and shops begin to buzz in this nightlife central. With big-name nightclubs and bars, including an open-air Pacha and Hard Rock Café, Holidaymakers come from all over to experience Naama Bay. If you prefer something more relaxed, there are plenty of chilled bars on the seafront, or for something more traditional, there's belly dancing around every corner.

Location of Sharm el Sheikh

Average monthly temperature (°C) for Sharm el Sheikh
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Jan
JanuaryTemp: 22°C
Feb
FebruaryTemp: 23°C
Mar
MarchTemp: 25°C
Apr
AprilTemp: 30°C
May
MayTemp: 34°C
Jun
JuneTemp: 37°C
Jul
JulyTemp: 38°C
Aug
AugustTemp: 37°C
Sep
SeptemberTemp: 36°C
Oct
OctoberTemp: 31°C
Nov
NovemberTemp: 27°C
Dec
DecemberTemp: 23°C