Sharm el Sheikh is a bustling cosmopolitan resort at the south end of Sinai Peninsula between the Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aqaba. It offers a breathtaking mountainous backdrop, sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and some of the world's finest coral reefs.
Guaranteed sunshine year-round make it a haven for sun seekers and beach lovers, and it is ideal for exploring the Red Sea Riviera from above and below from a spot of snorkeling to a full scale diving safari.
Sharm itself offers a heady mix of traditional entertainment, bazaars and coffee shops, gourmet restaurants and trendy bars around the Old Market and Hadaba/Ras Um Sid and the lively pubs and clubs of Naama Bay. The nearby resorts of El Pasha Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq Bay each add their own distinctive, laid-back character.
New for 2012, we can also now offer the resort of Dahab an hour along the coast. This laid-back resort with it's cinnamon-coloured mountains and golden sands is one of the prettiest on the Red Sea, and a haven for wind-surfers and divers alike.
In Sharm the taxis are generally modern models, either Hyundai or Chevrolet, but quite often are not metered so it is a good idea to agree a price before getting in. Although taxis are readily available at Sharm airport it is recommended to have your transport pre arranged as the taxi drivers can be very pushy at the airport and you may find that you are over charged for your journey. It is advisable to keep a stock of small coins and notes to pay for your taxi trips, and always make sure the driver knows that you are paying in Egyptian Pounds not English Pounds.
There are also a fleet of blue and white tuk-tuk's, which are basically small buses which are used to ferry the locals around the region. These are the most economical method of transport compared to taxis, which can be expensive. To hail a tuk-tuk simply wait next to the side of the main street and raise your hand to flag one down as it approaches.
Dining out in Sharm El Sheikh is hugely pleasurable, whether you're looking for an authentic snack or a three course meal in an exclusive restaurant. There are a number of British restaurants and bars for those who are looking for a taste of home, while there's a wealth of other cuisines available too, from Lebanese to Asian and everything in between.
If you're interested in Egyptian cuisine, there are many local restaurants, where you should expect local seafood, freshly baked breads, but no alcohol, although some restaurants do have a 'bring your own bottle' policy. There's very little you can't find in terms of food within Sharm el Sheikh, from fast food establishments to little bistros for a romantic meal, so take some time to explore.
A number of hotels also offer restaurants which are open to non-guests but these are often more expensive than eating elsewhere in the resort. A number of local bars offer shishah pipes and tea, which is a different way to experience local culture; most bars which offer shisha will not serve alcohol.