About Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm el Sheikh known as the City of Peace is an amazing Red Sea resort on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Sharm stretches between Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Parks. The International Airport is conveniently situated so that no where is far once you have arrived and ready to start your holiday. Sharm is the perfect place where you can relax or be as active as you like. There are many beaches just to relax in the sun or take a dip in the sea. Sharm features some of the world’s most amazing underwater scenery. The crystal- clear waters host rare and beautiful reefs with an incredible variety of exotic fish, making Sharm an internationally renowned snorkeling and scuba-diving paradise. When the sun goes down, Sharm comes alive. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants providing varied menus should you want a quick snack or something more filling.. There are casinos, night-clubs and bars to entertain you. Sharm el Sheikh also boasts a championship golf course, go-karting circuits, bowling alleys and ice-skating rinks. You will also find many bazaars and shops selling a wide variety of gifts and souvenirs. You will find many Excursions and Trips offered in Sharm. It’s likely you will be approached in the streets with offers of cheap deals. Bear in mind it is always preferable to book from a reliable source that will have insurance and a good reputation to maintain.
The Hadaba area of the resort is slightly more hilly. Most of the 4* and 5* hotels are situated on the cliff in the Om El Sid area with breathtaking sea views. A modern shopping mall – Il Mercato is a popular place. There are fast food outlets and cafes here. A feature of this mall is the Amphitheatre where locals and holiday makers alike get together to just chill and ‘hang-out’. In contrast a short walk in land brings you to ‘Old Market (Souq)’ or ‘Old Sharm’ where you will find more traditional trinkets and souvenirs. There are many restaurants and cafes here too. Take time to enjoy the sights and atmosphere. The main Port/Harbour is in this area of Sharm and a lot of boat trips and excursions depart from here.
Naama Bay is the centre of Sharm, it’s a bustling pedestrian area with much to offer by way of entertainment. Most hotels offer a free shuttle service to Naama Bay. Naama Bay really comes alive at night. There are Casinos, Night Clubs, Restaurants, Cafes and Shops. Near to the beach there are many places to eat, drink and have fun. The bars and restaurants here tend to be more ‘formal’ (in that they have tables and chairs). A little further in you will find more cafes but in ‘Bedouin’ style (cushions on the floor). Most cafes have entertainment, it’s not unusual to see a snake charmer whilst sipping your drink or smoking shisha !!. Pacha, Bhudaa Bar and Hard Rock Café can be found in the heart of Naama Bay.
Further along the coast from Naama Bay is Nabq. Nabq enjoys spectacular views of Tiran Island and Ras Mohamed National Park. There are many bazaars and shops and lots of cafes and restaurants here. Recently opened Soho Square offers a wide range including Ice Bar and Hard Rock Café. There is a small harbour providing another starting point for daily boat trips.
Beaches in Sharm are either Coral Reef or man-made sandy areas created by hotels. Beach areas are generally divided into plots allocated to a hotel. If your hotel is not directly located on the beach then usually a free shuttle is provided. It is normal to pay an entry fee to use the beach however hotels include this in the holiday package but it applies to the beach they designate. There are Public Beaches which charge a fee (approx 10le per person) but sun beds and towels are provided and their use is included in the fee. Refreshments are available on the beach but may not be included in your holiday package.
Getting around in Sharm is easy. There are blue and white taxis everywhere. Just stand at the side of the road and hail one. Always agree the fare before your journey (make sure they know that you will pay in Egyptian Pounds) and don’t pay until you are at your destination.. Each taxi has a number which you should make note of if you have any problems. Taxis at the airport are notorious for charging a high price. It’s a good idea to arrange a transfer from the airport when you book your holiday.
In Sharm you will find many shops and bazaars offering anything from ancient papyrus to modern designer brand goods. It’s not unusual to be invited into a shop and offered Egyptian Tea whilst you’re there but bear in mind this will keep you there longer and you may not be interested in what’s on offer. Perfume shop staff are particularly persistent. Be prepared to haggle. Bartering is an art-form in Egypt. If you don’t want to buy anything just be polite and say a firm ‘no’ then walk away. Supermarkets tend to be the exception and offer their merchandise at fixed prices.
With so much on offer you need never be bored whilst you holiday here!
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