Egypt is a fast growing destination for holidaymakers on a budget, with Sharm el Sheikh being its most popular resort, and it’s not hard to see why. With its stunning sparkling white beaches alongside clear waters perfect for diving, and all types of activity on offer, Sharm el Sheikh is the perfect place for a holiday.
In summer, temperatures in the resort can soar to more than 38C and remain there for weeks at a time. Coupled with dazzling sunshine and dry skies, Sharm el Sheikh attracts thousands of sun-seekers a year. For this reason, it is a good idea to book your trip there during the winter season. During this time, the schools will still be in so you won’t be surrounded by screaming kids and temperatures only ever drop to around 20C, even in December and January, meaning you’ll still get your tan at a fraction of the price.
In addition to all the winter sun, there are plenty of attractions in Sharm el Sheikh which you’ll be able to visit year round. Of course, even the beach activities such as diving and snorkelling amongst the exotic marine life will still be available. For the best of this, head 25km south of Sharm el Sheikh to the stunningly beautiful Ras Mohammed National Park.
Even better, being a country rich in history, the cultural and historic attractions never shut down. Egypt’s pyramids at Giza have attracted visitors for thousands of years, even Herodotus, the father of ancient history, is known to have ‘holidayed’ there. They are, inevitably, the most popular thing to see when visiting Egypt, but holidays in Sharm el Sheikh wouldn’t be the same without them.
Winter is also the perfect time of year for hikers to take on Mount Sinai. With the cooler weather, a trip up the infamous mountain, which is mentioned in the Bible and the Quran, will be far easier. Setting off at 1am, it is a trip more suitable for night owls, but you will be rewarded with a spectacular sunrise like no other. Another night time excursion which is known as being one of the most fantastic experiences you can have in Egypt is to take a camel ride across the desert. These trips are also available during the day time, but are a fantastic opportunity to see more stars than you’ve ever seen in your life when done at night.
An experience that is not to be missed when in Sharm el Sheikh is visiting the Old Market. A maze packed to the brim with stalls offering everything from handmade traditional Egyptian jewellery to rugs and clothing, there’ll be something to interest everybody. Make sure to try out your haggling skills with the stall-owners so that you can grab a few bargains.
And if none of the above are your ‘thing’, there’s still the sun, sea and sand on offer. You can spend your days lazing on beach and round the pool while your friends are at home struggling through the snow.