With a flight time of only 5 ½ hours, 'Sharm' is a great alternative to the Caribbean for half the price. Its popularity is growing steadily year-by-year as the upmarket hotels and their amazing facilities entice holidaymakers from around the globe. If a swimming pool at your hotel is high on your list of must haves then look no further, as most of the hotels here have numerous pools of different dimensions, sizes and with different themes such as waterfalls and lazy rivers. Some of the hotels here even have their own long stretch of stunning, golden sandy private beach too, where you really will be spoilt for choice. For the more energetic why not try one of the readily available dive schools. Be warned though, this is an islamic country so alcohol is not readily available in local bars, only in hotels and restaurants and in Ramadan there is a ban on alcohol, cigarettes and certain foods so be sure to check your travel dates. If swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing are not on your agenda why not visit the market and barter in one of the souks for leatherwear, jewellery or perfume. This is a great place for all the family as many of the hotels run their own kids clubs, which give parents a well deserved break for a couple of hours each day. In its peak months of July and August temperatures can reach to their hundreds so make sure sunscreen is number one on your list! Sharm El Sheikh truly offers a wonderful holiday experience from families and honey-mooners saving up for their dream holiday here.
Believe it or not you can get McDonalds here but it would be a shame to opt for the fast food option when there are many other choices in traditional Egyptian restaurants, the standards are extremely high and very reasonably priced too. If you want to try lots of little bits and bats then try the Meze, if a full meal is on the cards then choose from beautifully tender steaks, succulent veal, chicken cooked eastern med style or one of the many tasty fish dishes.
You need 6 months validity on a 10 year British passport to travel here. Everyone must aquire a visa on arrival which costs £15 sterling.