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Sharm El Sheikh

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Sharm el Sheikh Holidays

Set on the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh holidays have been drawing in tourists for decades. There's plenty to do and see from shopping and nightlife to watersports. Alternatively, if you prefer to take it easy you can always go snorkelling in the transparent sea or relax on its beaches and make the most of the warm climate.

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A holiday destination for all seasons

The Sharm el Sheikh region of Egypt is an area of contrasts. Aside from its hotels, tourist development and nightlife around Naama Bay, the region also has a quieter side with Nabq Bay and Sharks Bay forming part of this beautiful peninsula.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed break or a relaxed package holiday to Sharm el Sheikh that lets you get up close and personal with nature, this region has options to suit all holiday tastes.

Where to stay in Sharm El Sheikh

Maya Bay
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This relaxed seaside resort retains a traditional Egyptian feel with its charming old town and market. With long sandy beaches and calm water perfect for paddling, it's ideal for families, couples and groups of friends. Maya Bay is also a top spot for diving and snorkelling with a bustling nightlife to enjoy too.

Naama Bay
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Naama Bay is an energetic, family-friendly seaside resort with a superb sandy beach and an abundance of exotic sea life darting around its coral reefs. This is the top clubbing destination in the Sharm el Sheikh region with its exciting nightlife and big clubs including Space Sharm and Pacha.

Ras Um Sid
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Tiny in size, this little resort is famed across this hunk of the Red Sea for its diving conditions, stacked with coral reefs that house a collection of fish species. It's also within close proximity to Naama Bay and the Ras Mohamed National Park, and readily cashes in on its neighbours' amenities.

Sharks Bay
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Sharks Bay is an attractive resort with clear water perfect for snorkelling and diving. It has Soho Square for restaurants, cocktails bars and on-trend shopping, plus a bazaar for authentic buys. Alternatively, if you're looking for something a little more traditional, you can always ride a camel in the desert or visit an ancient church on the mountain.

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Sea pleasures

Thanks to the clarity of the Red Sea and the abundance of marine life here, the Sharm el Sheikh coast is a magnet for watersports lovers. The action beneath the waves is fascinating, allowing you to make friends with all types of sea life.

An encounter with a Napoleon Wasse fish is always impressive, while there are many dive schools situated along the Sharm el Sheikh peninsula that are suitable for learners and more experienced divers.

Boat tours are just as fascinating when it comes to exploring the region, not to mention an easy way to cool off when temperatures hit the 30°C mark. You can also take up kitesurfing if you head down to the Regency Plaza in Nabq Bay.

Selfies in the desert

It would be a shame to travel all the way to Egypt and not take advantage of a tour of the monuments and scenery surrounding Sharm el Sheikh. St Catherine's Monastery is a two and a half hour drive away, located in a beautifully isolated position of the desert. If you're travelling back from this historic site after nightfall, you're likely to witness one of the most beautiful night skies you've ever seen.

There are also tours where you'll share a meal with a local Bedouin tribe and enjoy their renowned hospitality. A trip like this promises amazing selfies, just make sure you ask permission first.

Fun after dark

One of the many reasons people go on holiday to the Sharm el Sheikh area is the wonderfully vibrant nightlife. From low-key, intimate clubs to a brash and hectic atmosphere in some of the bigger venues, nights here are always something to write home about.

Naama Bay is where you'll find most of the party action, with clubs like Space pumping out top tunes and fantastic open-air light shows accompanying DJs at Pacha. Or, you can sit back and relax accompanied by the hottest R&B at Monty's bar in the town of Sharm el Sheikh. There are quite a few bars and clubs owned by British expats, so finding a long pint or game of darts will be easier than you think.

The Sharm el Sheikh area is also host to an awesome spread of restaurants. So, whether you prefer trying out different cuisines or sticking with familiar favourites, you're sure to find an eatery that will tickle your taste buds.

Shopping is holiday heaven

With bargains, flea markets and a wonderful array of shops, Sharm el Sheikh is a dream destination for those seeking some retail therapy. Soho Square in Sharks Bay is another favourite as it's jam-packed with shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities such as bowling.

Secret of Egypt is just one of the fascinating stores to explore, here you'll find everything from locally sourced to natural health and beauty products. Who knows, you might even pick up some of Nefertiti's skincare secrets.

Middle Eastern jewellery is beautifully crafted, so if you're passing a jewellery shop in the area, we suggest you take a look at the quality of gold and silver as it is generally outstanding. Wherever you go shopping in Sharm el Sheikh, always remember to haggle. It's the way business is usually conducted around here and is great for those looking for bargain souvenirs.

If you want to discover this Red Sea paradise for yourself, be sure to check out our range of cheap holidays in Sharm el Sheikh.