Enjoy the Sun, Sea and the Souk at Charming Sharm el Sheikh
The holiday resort of Sharm el Sheikh is well known for its miles of perfect beaches and fantastic sunny weather. High quality hotels and famous bars and restaurants line the shore of this Egyptian paradise, but there is more to this city than just its modern tourist amenities.
The flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean
This region is famous for its delicious Egyptian coffee, delicate mint tea, and flavoured tobaccos. The locals use a water pipe to enjoy the fragrant local blends. This takes a bit of getting used to, but the tastes of apple, lemon and other spices make for an atmospheric way to get to know the local culture.
Sport and more within easy reach
Enjoy an invigorating beach holiday in Egypt which offers all the usual water sports, including magnificent diving and snorkeling opportunities in the Red Sea. Specially designed one-seater and two-seater dune buggies are another great way to explore the surrounding area. You can book organised trips which come with their own guide, and you can even take your children with you if you are lucky enough to have booked your last minute holidays well in advance. Or, you can just do some sun worshipping when in Egypt, beach bumming is always an option 🙂
Take the camel challenge!
For those looking for something even more adventurous, there is always the chance to undertake a camel trek to the nearest oasis. There is no better way to appreciate the stunning desert landscape behind the coastal fringe. Sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see, and eventually you will encounter the welcome sight of a few date palms around a refreshing pool.
Riding a camel is an experience that most people will never forget. It is not just the unusual, rocking movement of the beast as it lollops along on the hot sand – something between a seaside donkey and a roller-coaster. Nor indeed is it because of the pungent odour of camel that pervades your trip. The real joy of the camel trek is getting to know your camel. Most of these desert animals have a mind of their own, and tend to assert their quirky personalities at the drop of a hat. A large hat, if you are sensible, because the sun can be very strong in this part of the world.
The timeless charm of the ancient souk
Venturing into the souk, or market area, in the centre of the old town is like stepping back in time. The narrow, winding streets and the very vocal shopkeepers recall the ancient history of this area as a centre of trade and communication between east and west. Nothing prepares you for the sights, sounds and smells of this chaotic environment.
Some of the shops have a bewildering range of exotic fruits, vegetables and spices, and there are plenty of food stalls and tiny restaurants where you can try out the local delicacies. The seafood here is spectacular and varied, and you can try pigeon or lamb with lots of hot sauce. These rich and varied experiences make Sharm el Sheikh a must-see destination.