Under the sea


The top holiday destinations of the modern-day certainly include Egypt. Whether you’re thinking Cairo and the pyramids, Luxor and those famous tombs, a cruise down the Nile, or the Red Sea Riviera and its fantastic dive sites, you’ll find wonderful deals year-round, with temperatures ranging from warm, to hot, to scorching.

The Red Sea Riviera has screamed ahead in the popularity stakes over recent years, with Sharm el-Sheik, now affectionately nick-named simply ‘Sharm’, a destination everyone has heard of, and many have visited. It’s not surprising really, as the price of package holidays have dropped, allowing everyone a taste of this charming and mysterious land.

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This part of the world is hugely popular with divers and anyone interested in colourful and diverse marine-life. You don’t have to be an expert diver, or even the strongest swimmer to experience the wonder of the underwater world, as you can snorkel on most beaches by simply paddling out to your waist. If you want to learn how to dive professionally, or simply boost your confidence, there are many PADI accredited courses on offer, and your hotel will be able to advise you on the best around, meaning you truly do gain something special from your holiday. You won’t forget the colourful fish you’ll see in a hurry, and it truly is like another world underneath the sparkling waters.

Sharm el-Sheik is the most popular destination in the area, and the resort has grown massively over the last few years, with fantastic night-life and many all-inclusive options for those wanting to watch the pennies whilst away. Due to its popularity, the neon lights of Sharm may put a few off, but there are several other purpose-built resorts around, which all have a particular laid-back feel to them, such as Taba Heights and El Gouna. Hurghada remains a popular spot, with Nuweiba not far behind.

Wherever you choose, you’re guaranteed beautiful beaches, plentiful sunshine, and a wide range of accommodation, with something to suit every budget.

Activities away from the beach, and indeed away from the water, include camel trekking into the desert, although always make sure you go on a guided tour when you’re heading into the desert, and never wander off on your own. There are also many top-quality golf courses around the area, and luxurious spas for a spot of pampering.

Relaxation and wonder are on the menu for a holiday to the Red Sea Riviera, and night-life is varied too, with Sharm of course being where the main action is. Hotels have entertainment programmes, and there are many restaurants and bars around the main resorts, keeping everyone occupied.

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For exploring the underwater world, relaxation and guaranteed sun, the Red Sea Riviera is your destination.

Under the sea  


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