Searching for an Egyptian resort where you can relax all day and dance all night? Look no further. Sharm el-Sheikh is the perfect Red Sea destination to enjoy beautiful beaches, fun water sports and buzzing nightlife. It ticks all the boxes. The two things that Sharm el-Sheikh has become famous for is the quality of its nightlife and its scuba-diving. Upmarket and affordable bars and clubs are open into the early, early hours throughout the town. Many of the top European DJs regularly play sets in Sharm el-Sheikh. It’s glow-stick heaven under year-round sunshine. Holidaymakers also flock to Sharm el-Sheikh to dive underneath the inviting waters of the Red Sea. It’s impossible to go more than a few seconds without seeing a bright tropical fish, as you dive into the depths.
There’s plenty of family fun to enjoy in Sharm el-Sheikh. It’s not just a place for snorkelling and clubbing. Kids will splash for hours at the local water park. Older children can also take part in Sharm el-Sheikh’s range of watersports. After you’ve dried off from the beach, it’s time for some retail therapy. Hit the markets and malls of Sharm el-Sheikh to buy jewellery, leather and more familiar tourist fare. Whatever catches your eye, make sure you haggle over the price. Those wanting to find out more about Egypt’s fascinating past, can rise early and head into the desert. Mount Sinai and the nearby St Catherine’s Monastery boast histories stretching back thousands of years.
Halfway between the airport and the historic old town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Na’ama Bay is the main resort area of the town. As with the rest of Sharm el-Sheikh, the beach and scuba diving are two of the main draws here. After the sun sets and you put on the glad rags, then Na’ama Bay is a great place to go. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, plus several international clubs. The sun should already be in the sky by the time the DJ’s set finishes.
Just an hour’s drive from Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab is a quieter resort. That can be a welcome change after a night of Egyptian wining and dining. You can spend a day relaxing on the beach there or pick up souvenirs for a fraction of the cost. English-speaking guides are even available to take you on a tour of the bazaars.
Ras Mohammed Natural Park
Around 15 miles from Sharm el-Sheikh, the Ras Mohammed Natural Park is a divers’ paradise. The clear waters, colourful reefs and a huge variety of fish will bring hours of scuba pleasure. Diving shops offer lessons to beginners. If you don’t fancy getting your feet wet, then hop aboard one of the glass-bottomed boat tours heading out into the Red Sea. It’s far less energetic.
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Aqua Park City water park
We all know that point in the holiday when you want a breather from the kids. Well, Sharm el-Sheikh’s Aqua Park City water park is the perfect spot to let them have some fun. They can plunge down more than 30 water slides and splash in water playgrounds for hours. There’s plenty of nearby cafes to enjoy a coffee or bite to eat while they enjoy themselves.
Set the alarm clock to rise and shine for a trip into the nearby Sinai desert. The early start will be well worth it as you see the sun rise over Mount Sinai. According to the bible, this mountain is where God delivered the 10 commandments to Moses. If you can manage it, there’s a 750-step climb to the top. At least you’ll work off some of those local kebabs.
If you want to dance the night away to thumping beats, then Sharm el-Sheikh is not short on appealing clubbing options. It’s not the only form of nightlife though. Egyptian nights including food and entertainment are held regularly throughout the town. Beach parties take place at Terrazzina beach, with some eye-catching fire shows. Holidaymakers feeling lucky can also roll the roulette wheel at the hotel casinos.
Beaches in Sharm el-Sheikh
Miles of rolling golden sands stretch along the Sharm el-Sheikh coastline. You’ll never struggle to find a spot for your beach towel. These beaches have plenty to keep you busy too, whether it’s renting a jet ski, trying your hand at wakeboarding or merely lying back and indulging in a favourite novel.
You’ll be missing out if you don’t sample some of the local grub on your trip to Sharm el-Sheikh. There is such a huge variety of dishes in Egyptian cuisine; from freshly-grilled fish to roasted lamb and plenty of vegetables. Kofta kebab is one of the favourites, with a skewer of grilled lamb served with rice and salad. Among the best vegetable options is koshary; a lentil and onion stew packing a punch of chilli. Many of the locals in Sharm el-Sheikh will be seen tucking into a plate of koshary. This is a dish of macaroni, rice, lentils and chickpeas covered in a tomato sauce.
Restaurants in Sharm el-Sheikh
The eateries of Sharm el-Sheikh cater for every budget and taste. If you’re looking for high-end or international restaurants, then there’s plenty of options around Na’ama Bay. But if you want to eat like the locals, then head to Sharm el-Sheikh’s Old Market. It’s traditional food at bargain prices.
If brilliant scuba diving conditions are the main reason behind your holiday to Egypt, then Sharm el-Sheikh is ideal for you. Alternatively, if you simply want a holiday of sun, sea and sand, with plenty of nightlife, then Sharm el-Sheikh is equally perfect. To book a no-worries holiday to Sharm el-Sheik, easyJet holidays is the best solution for you. Even better, you can make big savings by booking your flight and hotel at the same time with easyJet holidays. If your mind still isn’t made up, then have a look at our other Egypt destination guides.