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Maya Bay

Maya Bay Holidays

Maya Bay is a relaxed beachside resort in a scenic cove close to Sharm el Sheikh Bay. The beach is surrounded by steep cliffs and is ideal for paddling and swimming. This is a destination for families and friends looking for slow-paced package holidays to Egypt that are also close to lively Naama Bay.

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Enjoy the slow pace and superb beaches in Maya Bay

Maya Bay, also known as Sharm el Maya, was the first ever holiday resort developed in the Sharm el Sheikh region and still retains an interesting mix of untouched traditional Egyptian charm and sleek, modern buildings.

The bay itself extends for over one and a half kilometres along the coastline, with a ferry port and marina to the north and steep cliffs to the south. It's the perfect spot for some serious holiday relaxation and you'll discover some of the most fantastic views out over the Red Sea.

Quick Tips

  • Muslim and Christian
  • Egyptian Pound
  • Arabic
  • GMT + 2

Beach and water fun

The most popular beach in the area is Terrazine Beach, where you'll find families having fun and playing in the warm, shallow water. There are several beachside restaurants, cafes and bars dotted around here, so you can stop off for a bite to eat or a few drinks throughout the day.

If you like to stay active, the area offers a variety of sports including paragliding, sand-skiing, banana boat rides and pedalos. The region is renowned for its superb marine ecosystem, so you can snorkel, learn to scuba dive or explore the amazing diversity of fish and sea life.

Explore the charming old town and browse in the souk style market

Just inland from the beach is the original Egyptian town, known locally as 'downtown'. You'll find a quietly bustling network of narrow streets and small squares here, with a colourful mix of interesting shops and street stalls. The old market area is located within Maya Bay's town wall and has the lively atmosphere of a traditional souk.

Browse and haggle for local Bedouin handicrafts, exotic spices, fresh fruit, vegetables and finely-tooled leather goods. You can also find a range of unique souvenirs such as beautifully hand-painted papyrus pictures, ornate amulets and traditional style jewellery.

Eat, drink and be merry

There are several restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes in Maya Bay where you can find familiar favourites – as well as delicious local dishes that can only truly be enjoyed on Sharm el Sheikh holidays. In the evenings you can take advantage of the hub of bars and restaurants centred around the old town market area.

The harbour is another good spot to explore and can get fairly busy due to the passengers at the ferry port. It has a small marina where you can admire the yachts, as well as several places to eat and drink that offer superb sea views.

For some lively nightlife action, you can head to the busy clubs of Naama Bay, just a 15-minute taxi ride away.

Discover neighbouring areas in the Sharm el Sheikh region

Maya Bay is the perfect base for exploring neighbouring areas in the Sharm el Sheikh region. The closest town of Hadaba is located high up on the cliffs just above the Maya Bay beaches. There are frequent mini buses from the old market area and it's worth making the trip for the amazing panoramic views over the region.

If you're searching for a busier vibe and a wide range of shopping, eating and entertainment stops, head to Naama Bay. This is the biggest resort in the region and is one of Egypt's top party destinations. It has plenty of upbeat bars and world-class clubs such as Pacha and Space, making it a fantastic destination for a lively night out.

You could also make a trip to Sharks Bay, only a 30-minute drive away. Here you'll find a sleek, refined atmosphere and some superb places to do some designer shopping. If you'd like to see more of the natural landscape around Maya Bay, there are exciting tours available where you can explore the local mountains and discover the wild beauty of the open desert.

Maya Bay is ideal for relaxing at the seaside and enjoying the beautiful views. With the charm of the old town and bustling nightlife it offers the perfect mix for families and friends to enjoy. Check out our fantastic range of cheap holidays in Sharm el Sheikh to start planning your once-in-a-lifetime adventure today.