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Sharm el Sheikh – Funseekers and Divers Playground

December 20th, 2009

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Sharm el Sheikh is situated on The Red Sea and it is a well developed holiday destination offering great beaches, excellent year round weather and some of the best diving in the world. Sharm el Sheikh is  the main holiday destination for UK holidaymakers but you don’t get the Egyptian history and culture that you would get on a visit to Cairo or Luxor but, of course, you still get to experience the culture and values if its people, and sample their way of life.

Diving sites are scattered along the golden 10-mile stretch of beach between Sharm el Sheikh and Ras Nusrani. Sharm offers world-class diving with spectacular reefs, magnificent drop-offs and shipwrecks waiting to be explored. You can also dive amongst the sharks, barracudas and turtles of Shark’s Bay or take a PADI diving course in the gentler waters of Na’ama Bay.

Sharm el Sheikh has a mountainous backdrop reflected on an inky-blue sea, this alluring destination is today attracting some of the worlds leading hotel chains.A holiday in Sharm el Sheikh can be as relaxing or adventurous as you want it to be . You can go on a desert safari on a camel or on a quad bike, or you can relax by your hotel swimming pool and take advantage of the year round warm weather that Sharm el Sheikh benefits from.

Na’ama Bay

Na’ama Bay is situated just north of Sharm and it has lots of modern hotels as well as shops, bars and restaurants. Most hotels here have their own private beaches. Water sports are located at Na’ama Bay’s pretty marina, with jetties stretching along the coastline to protect the coral reefs.

Shark’s Bay

Shark’s Bay has a rugged coastline and lies on the Al Pasha coast, a short taxi journey from Na’ama Bay. Many hotels are built into the jagged cliffs in Shark’s Bay so if you stay here you can enjoy captivating views to Tiran Island as well as beautiful sunsets.

Nabq Bay

Nabq Bay is set on the edge of the Nabq National Park, an area of breathtaking mountainous beauty. Nabq Bay is not as developed as Na’ama Bay. Nabq Bay has a gently shelved shallow lagoon which makes it popular with families with young children.

Um El Sid

If you want to experience traditional Egyptian life then you should head south from Sharm el Sheikh to Um El Sid, where hotels and restaurants are shelved on the edge of rocky steep cliffs. If you travel 5 km south from Um El Sid you will find the old town of Sharm el Maya. Here, you will find a natural harbour surrounded by Arab bazaars, stall and shops.

Eating Out in Sharm el Sheikh

The main diet in Egypt consists of beans, flat breads and lots of dishes based on sesame, butter and pulses. Hummus, babaganoush, kebabs, and falafel are all part of the Egyptian staple diet. Sharm el Sheikh restaurants are varied, with European and Asian options as well as restaurants featuring traditional Egyptian dishes. The seafood available in Sharm is a must !

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Red Sea Holiday Resorts Keep Expanding

December 13th, 2009

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Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea in Egypt has become a popular holiday destination and the area’s resorts are expanding to meet the demand. In the first 9 months of this year almost one million visitors have been to the Red Sea and mainly from the UK.

Extra flights have helped the Red Sea resorts become one of the top winter sun holiday destinations. British Airways launched a three-times a week flight between Gatwick and Sharm el Sheikh at the end of October. Other airlines flying into Sharm include the holiday charter flights as well as Easyjet, Jet2,  and Thomson Airways.

One of our most popular hotels in Sharm el Sheikh is the Aqua Blu Sharm Aquapark

Hurghada and Marsa Alam also have scheduled flight services from several UK airports while charters operate to all these airports as well as Taba.Despite the recession, there has been no slowing of the building work that has for a few years now been taking place. Egyptian hotel group Jaz is adding six new hotels in a large expansion programme in Sharm el Sheikh. Last month saw the opening of the 4 star So, Y Mar Sharks Bay. Other properties being opened in Sharm include Sol Y Mar Nama Bay which is designed to cater for divers and families and the 5 star Iberotel Il Mercat.

There is also a bew 5 star beachfront resort hotel complex in the Nabq area comprising three hotels under the Sol Y Mar Riva brand.

On the Red Sea western coast near Hurghada the purpose built Madinat Makadi resort offers over 100 self-catering studios and apartments which overlook the resorts nine-hole golf course. An 18 hole golf course opened in 2008 next to the 5 star Jaz Makadi Golf Hotel.Early in 2010 will see the opening of the Jaz Royal Taba which is an ‘All Inclusive’ 5 star hotel on its own beach.

Attractions in the Red Sea resorts are also being expanded. A new waterpark, called Aqua Coraya, opened at Marsa Alam last summer. It features 8 water slides for adults and 5 water slides for children.

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