The epitome of sun, sea and sand, Sharm El Sheikh has rocketed in popularity in recent years. The temperatures soar the highest during the summer months, when days can easily reach heights of 40°C on average. However, its winters are still rather warm, making it a great all-year-round destination.
Located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and with a flight time of only 5 ½ hours, this sun-soaked resort is a great alternative to the Caribbean for half the price.
The hot desert climate is matched by 35km of glorious coastline and brilliantly clear, warm waters of the Red Sea. Not only can you lounge about all day on the sandy beaches, trek into the breathtakingly mountainous desert, spend a high-octane day at a water park and peruse traditional Egyptian markets.
Sharm El Sheikh is renowned for its diving opportunities, with many tours and classes taking place so holidaymakers can explore the colourful sea life in the waters just offshore. Not only can divers swim through the area’s coral reefs, which are teeming with fish and other sea creatures, but they can also experience a number of wrecks that lie on the seafloor. Glass-bottom boats and even submarines are available if you don’t want to get your feet wet.
There are also a number of cultural sights on land in or near Sharm El Sheikh, from its Old Town district to Saint Catherine’s Monastery, which is said to be the oldest working monastery in the world. You can also take in a trip to a Bedouin camp, which can even be conducted on camelback.
Sharm El Sheikh has a bustling nightlife, with much of the entertainment centred around the Naama Bay area of the resort. Bars such as Little Buddha provide cocktails and shows, while various nightclubs give tourists the chance to dance the night away, including the renowned Pacha Club.
Great food is definitely on the menu in Sharm El Sheikh, with many of its restaurants serving tasty Egyptian cuisine that has been refined over the centuries. Tuck into the local dishes at establishments like Farsha Café or Palm Lounge Café, or if you fancy a taste of home, you can always go to one of the many gastropubs and eateries that cater to British patrons, including The Blue Fountain and Jive 1 Bar.
If a swimming pool at your hotel is high on your list of must-haves you’re in luck; most hotels have a selection to choose from and you’ll even find some waterfalls and lazy rivers along the way. A beach is never far away and some of the hotels even have their own long stretch of private sandy beach too, you really will be spoilt for choice.
Due to its nature, finding affordable hotels for during your cheap Sharm El Sheikh holidays will be a doddle. From the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh to the SENTIDO Reef Oasis Senses Resort, you will surely find somewhere to meet your needs.