Sharm El Sheikh

A white sand beach gem for sun seekers

Sharm El Sheikh, on the Sinai Peninsula, is one of Egypt’s most popular holiday resorts. Sharm, as it’s known, attracts around 9,000 Brit visitors a week!  They love it for the miles of white sand, clear water, some of the world’s best diving sites plus there’s designer shopping and lively nightlife in spades.

Sharm lays claim to 60 kilometres of coastline.  Most hotels have their own stretch of beach with row upon row of sun beds and umbrellas.  To be honest, you need them, the temperature can get hot!  Really hot!

The main attraction here is the Red Sea, teeming with colourful and richly diverse marine life. It’s enough to get even the most dedicated beach bum to strap on a snorkel for an underwater adventure.

Drinks and nightlife

I visited a long time ago and the destination has increased in popularity year on year.

Head to the centre of Sharm for its bold high street of bars and clubs.  Home to the likes of Pacha and the Hard Rock Café, and it pulls in a throng of lively partygoers.  For those who like their nights a bit less neon-lit, there’s a good collection of chilled-out bars on the waterfront.  No matter where you go, you are bound to find some belly dancing.

Trips from Sharm 

Enjoy the contrast with a trip into the desert.  Usually inclusive of a pick-up from your hotel, there are many activities operators with days or half day organised tours to quad bike or camel ride in the desert.

Either by animal or all terrain vehicle, it is a fun mode to admire the breathtaking scenery and ever-changing landscape.  The vastness and tranquility of the desert with its many different rock formations and colors will be your companion.

All trips into the desert will give you an touristic insight into the everyday lives of real desert dwellers.  Bedouins are well-known for their hospitality.   A Bedouin rest stop provides a deserved respite for tired muscles and saddle sore plus a cup of sweet spiced tea.  The most traditional Bedouin blends of teas are made from the dried leaves of desert plants.

Alternatively a 3-hour motorway trip gets you to world-famous Cairo. The city’s must-see sights are ready and waiting – the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum, which deals in world-class relics like Tutankhamen’s tomb.  Whilst there head into the town centre for gargantuan souks, chaotic traffic and iconic Tahrir Square.  But there is a lot to fit in one day, I recommend Cairo for a trip of its own.