Sharm El Sheik

Egypt is a bright and vibrant country steeped in history and culture. It is somewhere I would love to return to one day and seeing the Pyramids is on my bucket list as well as a Nile Cruise, my bucket list is literally never ending!

My husband and I visited The coastal resort of Sharm El Sheik on Egypt’s Sinai peninsular when we first got together. We went many many years ago and it was one of our first holidays together. We had only been together a few months when my then boyfriend suggested he wanted to whisk me a way on an all inclusive holiday for a week, how could I refuse?!

Even though a lot has changed since our first ever trip together, and this trip feels like forever ago now, I thought I would write up a few of the things we did get up to and the memories made. When we were in Sharm El Sheik it was very much a relaxing holiday, and we spent most of the week sunbathing, snorkelling and eating way too much!

So excuse the old drunken photos of both of us in our youth, times have now definitely changed, and I now can’t handle the hangovers like I used to (I sound so old!) We now tend to prefer active trips with lots of sightseeing and finding hidden gems and getting to know the culture of a place.

Sights & Activities

Naama Bay

Naama Bay is the commercial tourist hub in Sharm El Sheik set in a natural bay on the Red Sea. It has a huge array of cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs and of course lots and lots of shisha lounges. Our week away in Sharm El Sheik we ventured out to Naama Bay on several of the nights.

On one of our first nights we signed up to a guided bar and club crawl with the holiday rep. This turned out to be a pretty drunken night, and we made some friends with some of the other people who were on the bar crawl with us. There is a huge choice of bars in Naama Bay, we went to several bars including the Hard Rock Cafe.

On another night we went into Naama Bay for a more tame evening of wandering around the night markets and shops, and stopped for a few drinks and a shisha pipe. Naama Bay has a real buzz and lots going on to suit whatever your into whether that be partying the night away or a romantic meal and some quiet drinks. Naama Bay is really well catered for tourists. Many of the local resorts and hotels run tours and run shuttle buses to this popular hub.

Sharm El Sheik Desert

On one of our last nights in Sharm El Sheik we decided to book a tour through the holiday rep, and go an excursion out to the Sharm El Sheik desert. The tour included a camel ride through the desert, watching the sunset over the mountains, stargazing and a traditional Bedouin dinner and campfire with dancing.

Even though this excursion was extremely touristy and not very authentic. I remember this being one of my favourite evenings in Sharm El Sheik. I loved getting out of the all inclusive and getting to experience the beautiful natural beauty of the desert, and watching the sun set below the mountains.

Once the sun had set we got to do some star gazing with a local pointing out all the well known stars and patterns which was pretty magical. We were then treated to dinner which was typical Bedouin food such as fresh breads, meats and rice. We then had Arabic tea and a shisha pipe to finish our night off while getting to watch dancing and sit around a camp fire.

There is a huge choice of different desert tours available in Sharm El Sheik so do your research before you go and try and pick the best one to suit you prior to you going as the hotels and holiday reps will always try and up sell you ones which they get the most commission from.

Top Tips

Sharm El Sheik has experienced some bad press over the past couple of years as there was a plane crash and some scares with regards to terrorism. Always check the foreign office website to see what their safety advice is and if they deem it safe to travel to.

If they say it’s safe to go then go and don’t be put off by scare tactics and stories, as I believe you could literally be anywhere in the world and something might happen and you can’t live your life in fear and not doing what you want to do.

The locals are always the ones to suffer in these types of scenarios such as when tourists boycott a destination. As a lot of them rely heavily on the income that tourists bring into their country.

I really believe when travelling you should have a situational awareness and a good judgement of what is happening, but at the same time having an open mind and having new experiences, it’s all about balance.

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