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The popularity of Sharm El Sheikh holidays has skyrocketed in recent years, as families have realised that it's a fantastic place to find luxury holidays on a budget. The glorious temperatures and the clear waters of the Red Sea have also helped cement this Egypt holiday destination as a firm favourite.
Including the resorts of Nabq Bay, Ras Um El-Sid and Naama Bay, Sharm El Shiekh is a stunning stretch of coastline, dotted with quality hotels for families, couples and groups. As the longest of the short haul destinations, holidays to Sharm El Sheikh offer fantastic value for money, making them an exciting but affordable East meets West experience.
This splashtastic waterpark in Naama Bay has, of course, an ancient Egypt theme, so you can shoot down the sides of Pyramids, spin around the Snake Terror space bowl and ride the rapids of the Nile River. A day trip here is fantastic fun for all ages.
Staying in a Red Sea resort needn't mean missing out of the miraculous wonders of ancient Egypt. A day trip excursion to the treasure laden city of Cairo is easily done from a Sharm El Sheikh resort, when you travel by air. See the mighty Sphinx, marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and learn the secrets of this ancient world at the Egyptian Museum. Luxor excursions are also available, to take in the tombs and the temples at The Valley of the Kings.
You're sure to recognise the Lost City of Petra from the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie, but its Hollywood credentials are the least impressive feature of this stunning historic landmark. A city carved from soft rose-coloured rock, complete with royal tombs and a Roman amphitheatre, Petra is a 2000-year old wonder that has to be seen at least once in a lifetime.
Explore the Red Sea
The gorgeous waters of the Red Sea are a huge draw to the Sharm El Sheikh coastline, with so many activities available for you to enjoy in the water. Take a relaxing cruise or a glass-bottomed boat trip, or even snorkel beneath the surface to experience an underwater world full of colour and vibrancy.
Of course, scuba diving is also hugely popular, with scuba schools offering the opportunity to delve deeper into this watery playground, explore its darkest corner and discover its hidden gems. The resort of Ras Um El Sid is one of the best diving spots on the coast.
Experience the Desert
Just a short drive from the hotels of Sharm El Sheikh rests the vast Sinai desert, a spectacular landscape dotted with palms, that brings something new to the Sharm El Sheikh package holidays experience. Ride a camel or a quad, or get the adrenalin pumping on a jeep safari, deep into the desert, where you can dine at a traditional Bedouin camp and marvel at the mountainous dusty dunes.
Dine out at the Old Market
While it's tempting to make the most of your hotel restaurant, especially if you've booked an all-inclusive holiday, it'd be a real shame not to experience some traditional Egyptian cuisine during holidays in Sharm El Sheikh. One of the best places to eat like a local is the Old Market, where you can wander the dusty streets picking up authentic bites as you go. Try the fragrant molokhia soup for a light lunch when out exploring.
Naama Bay base for those who like their holidays lively. The shopping opportunities and vibrant Naama Bay nightlife mean that there's plenty to do, day or night. That's if you can tear yourself away from the beach, of course.
Altogether different is calm and tranquil Nabq Bay. As a protected area, you'll find yourself in natural surroundings ' think mangroves laced with dozens of species of plantlife and exquisite coral reefs. It's an ideal place to head to for families and couples looking for relaxed Sharm El Sheikh holidays.
Ras Um El Sid
It's all about the wet stuff at Ras Um El Sid. As one of the best spots to scuba dive on the coast, it's your gateway to an amazing underwater world. Families will also love Aqua Park City, for an amazing day out with the kids.
If you're looking for an affordable taste of the exotic, Direct Holidays has Sharm El Sheikh deals that represent fantastic value for money. Treat your loved ones to a stay in a luxury Red Sea resort and enjoy all the treasures of the Egyptian coast, without it costing a King's ransom!