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Family holidays in the Red Sea: Sharm el Sheikh

Family holidays in the Red Sea: Sharm el Sheikh

Renowned as an area of mystery and beauty, the Red Sea has attracted visitors for many years. Despite the recent political climate in Egypt, the resorts of Sharm el Sheikh remain safe and free of trouble, and offer a fantastic retreat for families hoping to explore Egypt's golden sands.

Sharm el Sheikh is perhaps one of the most famous tourist destinations in Egypt, thanks to its stunning natural landscape and excellent climate. With stunning crystal clear waters and long stretches of sandy beaches, the Red Sea coast is most popular for water sports, particularly scuba diving and snorkelling.

There are more than 100 resorts to choose from throughout the Sharm el Sheikh region. The area is free from the political problems and restrictions that sadly plague Egypt today, and so the region is a hotspot for families seeking an idyllic getaway that is also great value for money and a short-haul destination.

What is Sharm el Sheikh like?

The centre of Sharm el Sheikh is modern and developed, and offers plenty of fantastic facilities. Naama Bay in particular is filled with restaurants, international hotels and wonderful leisure facilities. The nearby Ras Mohammed is a designated national park, used to protect the area's wildlife as well as its beautiful shoreline and coral reef.

The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh is one of the best resorts in the area, combining elegance and charm with fantastic family-friendly facilities such as complimentary toddler meals.

For something more mid-range with a great choice of pools and a dedicated kids' club, the Xperience Kiroseiz Parkland is a great choice for adults and kids alike.

For those looking to explore elsewhere, one of the most notable towns in the Sharm el Sheikh area is the town of Dahab, which is world renowned for its fantastic windsurfing, thanks to superb flat-water conditions.

Due to its prime location on the Red Sea coast, the area offers some of the most stunning underwater scenery in the world, and it's snorkelling facilities make it a perfect adventure spot for adults and children alike. As well as this, water activities such as diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, boating and much more are all readily available.

If you'd rather find your feet on land, it's easy to organise your own exciting desert excursion either on horseback or on a camel – take your pick! Visitors can also choose from cycling or mountain bike trips, or the more adventurous can hop on jeep or a quad bike and embark on a couple of hours' drive to Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine's Monastery.

Overall, Sharm el Sheikh has plenty to offer even the world-weariest visitor, and adults and children alike will delight in the world-class facilities and wonderful activities, all set within a stunning natural landscape.

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