Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Egypt, Sharm el Sheikh is a fantastic family resort, famed for its beaches, family entertainment and Red Sea snorkelling. Sharm el Sheikh is perfectly placed for experiencing all that is best about Egypt, with the Red Sea on one side and the Mount Sinai mountain range to the other, meaning that whether you are looking at Sharm el Sheikh holiday homes for lazy days on the beach, Red Sea snorkelling and diving or camel rides in Sharm el Sheikh’s surrounding deserts, you are perfectly catered for.
Anyone wishing to explore the sensational coral gardens and underwater worlds by scuba diving or Red Sea snorkelling, Sharm el Sheikh holidays are the perfect way to do it. The Red Sea is one of the most extraordinary diving and snorkelling destinations in the world, with over 800 species of fish calling the warm, crystal clear waters of the Red Sea home. If you are diving or snorkelling the Red Sea from Sharm el Sheikh accommodation, you will be amazed at the underwater world you enter, with turtle and dolphin a common site. The Red Sea also offers a vast number of other water sports to those staying in a Sharm el Sheikh holiday home, including sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. The Ras Mohammed National Park, which lies between a Sharm el Sheikh holiday home and the island of Tiran, contains some of the most remarkable underwater scenery you can imagine, and alone makes the 5 hour flight to Sharm el Sheikh worth it a hundred times over.
The long, soft sand beaches are a dream. The sun is fierce and the water breath-takingly refreshing, perfect for long, lazy days sunbathing, relaxing and simply letting the world drifting by. There are however, a huge number of things to do in Sharm el Sheikh away from the beaches of the Red Sea. The resort has a huge range of entertainment facilities, including a fantastic golf course, horse riding centre and even an ice skating rink! The evenings are great fun from Sharm el Sheikh accommodation too, with all the bars, casinos and restaurants you could wish for.
The town of Dahab lies on the northern tip of the Sanai Peninsula. It offers a perfect alternative to Sharm el Sheikh holidays, and has developed into a slightly bohemian backpacker resort with the relaxed ambience that makes it almost impossible to keep track of time. Cheap accommodation and sensational water sports means that Dahab really is a favourite Red Sea escape.
In recent years, Sharm el Sheikh holidays have become much more accessible to British travellers. The old military Sharm el Sheikh airport was transformed into the new commercial Sharm el Sheikh Airport (SSH), or Ophira International. Cheap flights to Sharm el Sheikh Airport arrive from all corners of the UK, including Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX), London, Glasgow (GLA), Dublin (DUB) and the East Midlands (EMA). These cheap flights to Sharm el Sheikh Airport are provided by airlines including Thomsonfly, Thomas Cook and First Choice Airlines.