Sharm el Sheikh holidays

One of Egypt’s oldest and most popular holiday resorts, Sharm El Sheikh wins fans for its breathtaking location on the Sinai Peninsula. The Red Sea coast provides white-sand beaches and some of the finest diving in the world, with crystalline waters teeming with underwater life, wrecks and coral reefs. As well as the diving, Sharm El Sheikh is the ideal place for desert safaris, where you can ride camels through the dunes and camp out under the stars.

The colourful Red Sea

One of the many things that draw visitors to this part of the world is the captivating Red Sea that surrounds the resort. Its waters are warm all year round, meaning that you can always take a dip and enjoy some snorkelling in the reefs close to shore. For the more adventurous among you, Sharm El Sheikh provides the perfect opportunity to try your hand at scuba diving too. It has one of the best coral reefs in the world and an abundance of colourful, tropical fish to swim with.

The resort itself

Sharm El Sheikh provides such a great holiday atmosphere for all to enjoy. Its huge selection of luxury hotels will make it almost impossible to want to leave the poolside. But there’s so much more to explore around you. Each hotel along the coast is likely to have its own stretch of private beach. Then further inland, you’ll find excellent shops, designer boutiques, traditional markets and nightlife like no other.

The perfect base

The great thing about Sharm El Sheikh holidays is that you don’t have to just stick to the resort itself. In fact, the resort provides the perfect base to explore other areas of the country too. No holiday to Egypt would be complete without a trip to the historical city of Cairo. Gaze in awe at the iconic Pyramid of Giza, take a selfie with the Sphinx and delve into the country’s ancient past at the world famous Egyptian Museum.

Map of Sharm el Sheikh

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Visit in April and May for slightly cooler temperatures. Winter temperatures are milder with 23°C being the high in November and 18°C being the low in January and February.

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Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH).

Sharm el Sheikh is best for...

Beach lovers: A real beach lover’s paradise, Sharm El Sheikh has sweeping beaches of white sand and clear waters, dotted with rippling palm trees.

Divers: One of the best places in the world for scuba diving, keen divers can spend days exploring the hidden wrecks and colourful reefs.

Families: Sharm El Sheikh is ideal for families, with modern hotel resorts, gorgeous beaches and a popular water park on your doorstep.

Fast facts for Sharm el Sheikh

Language: The language spoken in Sharm El Sheikh is Arabic.

Currency: The currency used in Sharm El Sheikh is the Egyptian pound.

Local time: Sharm el Sheikh is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sharm el Sheikh International Airport. The transfer time to Sharm el Sheikh is just 30 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The Sharm el Sheikh flight time is 5.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Sharm El Sheikh tourist information can be found at https://www.egypt.travel/en/city/index/sharm-el-sheikh.

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Sharm El Sheikh.

 

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Getting around Sharm el Sheikh

By taxi: Taxis are the easiest way to get around in Sharm El Sheikh.  Licensed taxis are blue and white and there are a number of official taxi ranks in the resort. Many taxis will have a meter, although it’s best to check the price before you get in.

By mini bus: The mini buses in Sharm El Sheikh run very frequently all over the resort. They don't serve routes, and instead will stop where you want and can be flagged down from everywhere. Mini buses are the cheapest method of transport.

By bus: A more traditional bus service makes longer journeys to nearby cities and resorts, making them a good and affordable way to make day trips.

Events in Sharm el Sheikh

Diving competition: Sharm El Sheikh is one of the world’s finest diving destinations, and in October, the International Diving Competition comes to town. The event attracts diving enthusiasts from all over the world to compete in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea.

Sharm el Sheikh weather

Temperature: Summer average of 33°C.

Best time to visit: April and May for slightly cooler temperatures. Winter temperatures are milder, with highs of 23°C in November and lows of 18°C in January and February.

Sharm El Sheikh’s hot summers begin in April, with the high temperatures lasting all the way to October. July and August experience an average of 13 hours of sunshine a day, as well as the hottest average temperatures of around 33°C, although the mercury often hits the high 30s.

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