Egypt has a mystical and timeless appeal that has been attracting travellers from far and wide for many centuries. From the fascinating sights of the Pharoahs, on the banks of the Nile at Luxor to the glorious beaches of the Red Sea at Sharm El Sheikh, this is a land of great contrast, where ancient and modern life exist side by side.
Until 1967, Sharm el Sheikh was merely a tiny outpost where customs men could keep an eye open for smugglers. Then its charms and tourist potential were recognized, and today it has an airport, fully developed hotel infrastructure, and well-organized sports facilities.
Visitors can take full advantage of the hot, sunny weather, glorious beaches and underwater paradise without roughing it – and without the crowds.
Naama Bay Beach is 1 ml of rather coarse mid-brown desert sand. Virtually every inch is “private” and controlled by the hotels situated just across the pedestrian beach path. Some non-beachfront hotels have their own sections, while others have sharing agreements with their more fortunate competitors. The beach is covered with sunbeds, parasols, bars, restaurants, water-sports centres and even crazy golf.
Sharm El Sheikh is located on the E side of the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula, on the Gulf of Aqaba coast (315 mls SE of Cairo, Hurghada is a 20-min flight SW across the Gulf of Suez). Downtown Sharm is 12½ mls SW of airport; Naama Bay is 8 mls SW of airport.
Daytime activities tend to revolve around the beaches and the world renowned scuba diving and snorkelling. There are myriad water sports and beach activities, camel rides, horse riding, quad bikes and bicycles for hire. There is golf at the 18-hole Movenpick course. Most large hotels have organised entertainment programmes just ask on arrival.
Nightlife offers live entertainment in most hotels, which also have discos and live music in bars and built in casinos.
There are plenty of restaurants of all international persuasions, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, French, Egyptian and many more. These are mostly hotel based, but also in both centres, along the beaches and the main roads. No shortage of snacks and light meals, including several chain eateries and a McDonald’s at Naama Bay.