Four reasons Sharm el Sheikh is the perfect winter destination
For a holiday with a difference and the promise of winter sunshine, look to Sharm el Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula. The city enjoys a subtropical climate with typical temperatures in January ranging from 18 to 23 degrees Celsius. It also boasts the warmest winter night temperatures of Egypt’s resorts.
Sharm el Sheikh is a great place to visit any time of the year but it begins to look particularly attractive when the cold, dark nights of winter arrive at home. Why not consider an exotic escape this year? We’ve picked out four reasons why we think you’ll find Sharm el Sheikh the perfect winter destination.
The most basic reason that Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most popular destinations in the Arab world is that it is really warm and dry! You’ll find very little rain to spoil your fun all year round and, although it can be humid at times, it is generally a very comfortable place to enjoy the sunshine.
While in the summer you will have an average temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius, in the winter you can still appreciate high temperatures and around 260 glorious hours of sunshine each month.
The winter season runs from November to March and monthly rainfall generally doesn’t exceed 4mm. The sea and cooling winds help to moderate any extremes of temperature that you might expect from a desert resort as you enjoy your time in this winter oasis.
Scuba diving in the Red Sea
Sharm el Sheikh is not all about relaxing by the pool or lounging in your luxurious accommodation. Take advantage of your position next to the inviting waters of the Red Sea and dive right in! You will discover an underwater world of colourful sea life on a scuba diving trip and there are many local operators who offer excursions for experienced or beginner divers. The resort’s shoreline includes beautiful reefs and the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm, a unique sight to behold on a diving safari.
On the surface, the calm seas and steady breeze make this coastline an ideal location for wind surfing. If you have never attempted the sport before then this is the place to give it a go!
Sunrise in Sinai
The resorts of Sharm el Sheikh can cater to your every need but the best way to experience this part of the world is to venture out and see some of the wonders of the nearby landscape. A short journey from your hotel in air conditioned transportation will take you to the base of Mount Sinai.
This ancient site is associated with the biblical story of Moses and has been revered for centuries for its beauty. Make sure you have packed a camera to capture the spectacular red winter sunrise from the summit as the sun comes up and lights up the desert valley. It is a view that will stay with you and make your trip all the more memorable. Just remember to take layers of clothing as it can be cold when you reach the top.
At the base of Mount Sinai, make sure to pause at St Catherine’s Orthodox Christian Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest functioning monasteries in the world. Built in the sixth century the monastery contains the second largest collection of ancient manuscripts and codices in the world.
Sharm Old Town
Explore the Old Town quarter of Sharm el Sheikh for an authentic Egyptian market experience. Take in the lively atmosphere and the sights, sounds and smells of a vibrant area full of spice shops, cloth, fruit, pottery and bazaars. Haggle with local traders for the best bargains.
Old Town has ancient buildings and caravan passages that date back over 2,000 years and a wealth of traditions and rituals. A wander through this historic area reveals a snapshot of street life that hasn’t changed for centuries.
If you are looking for a break from the dreary winter at home and hoping to escape for a holiday that will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated then Sharm el Sheikh could be the ideal option.
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