Mon, November 16th, 2009 - By

Spotlight – Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


Whether you’re a beach lover, diver or party goer Sharm El Sheikh hits the spot, with the simplicity of sun, sea and sand along with a diverse range of shopping and entertainment facilities, some fabulous holiday resorts and some of the world’s best diving give Sharm El Sheikh the edge as an all year round resort.

  • the wonderful coral reefs around Sharm - look but don't touch!

    the wonderful coral reefs around Sharm - look but don't touch!

    Glass bottom boat tours make a great alternative for enjoying the coral reef and marine life.

  • Take a day trip to St Catherine’s monastery, the reputed site of the biblical burning bush.
  • Adventure into the Sinai desert with a jeep safari, camel ride or quad biking.
  • A trip to the Bedouin Tents to sample the nomadic lifestyle is also another great trip; sip tea, eat traditional foods and listen to some of the stories around the fire.
  • If you can fit it in, why not try a day trip to Cairo to see the Pyramids and Sphinx, a long day but very much worth it.
  • Haggling is customary in Sharm, offer a third to a half of the initial price; when you get to about two-thirds, say it’s your final offer, and if they refuse, walk away. Above all, keep it friendly and light-hearted.
  • registered taxis are blue and white - always agree price before getting in

    registered taxis are blue and white - always agree price before getting in

    If clubbing is your scene then try Pacha Sharm. Anything goes here, foam pools, top DJ’s and a bar for every one.

  • Drink plenty of bottled water, do check the seals on the bottles before drinking. Use the highest factor sun cream you can, even if you “don’t burn” you’ll need some.
  • Taxis. If you need to get a taxi, haggle and agree on a price before you travel. Registered taxis are blue and white.
  • some of the wares on show at the spice market

    some of the wares on show at the spice market

    Visas. If you plan to journey out side of the Sharm area to either Luxor, Cairo or Ras Mohammed you will need a visa.  If you do not plan to travel out of the Sinai Peninsula, you do not need a visa. Don’t be forced into paying for one when you don’t need one.

  • Look but don’t touch! Good advice for the divers or snorkellers and even those just walking along the beaches.  Don’t touch the Coral, take some beautiful pictures and leave it where it is.

Check out Sharm el Sheikh hotels on sunshine.co.uk

Posted : Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 16:07
Category : Spotlight
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