Egypt is one of the few places where the pound goes further than a year ago, putting Sharm-el-Sheik, its most popular Red Sea city, firmly on the radar for anyone wanting family-friendly holidays without breaking the bank.
Latest figures show £100 bought a little under 2,500 Egyptian pounds in January 2022. Now it buys more than 3,500. Holiday prices alone can also be a pleasant surprise – many fell last year as hoteliers rushed to woo new guests to replace Russians who once filled up to four in ten Sharm-el-Sheik rooms.
‘This is definitely a great year to visit Egypt. It’s tipped as a must-see destination by National Geographic and offers great value for everything from meals out to holiday extras like sunset drinks.’
Better still, Sharm-el-Sheik is fresh from the facelift it was given before hosting last year’s COP27 climate conference.
The already short, 20-minute transfer from the airport to most hotels is now a smooth cruise on brand new roads. Meanwhile, the sleek new Sharm-el-Sheik Museum has been dubbed ‘fit for a pharaoh’ with a mix of mummies, tombs and ancient statues of Ramses II, Queen Hatshepsut and more. Tickets cost about £20pp.
Warm blue waters, coral reefs and miles of sandy beaches remain Sharm-el-Sheik’s real draw.
Along most of the 37-mile coastline, waters stay shallow for some distance, making it safer for young children. Snorkellers and scuba divers can head out to around 250 reefs to swim alongside turtles, stingrays and 1,000 varieties of colourful fish.
Day trips to dive-sites over shipwrecks are popular. Prices start from £60pp and can be booked Here.
Some of the most exciting allow experienced divers to swim inside sunken Second World War ships, such as the British Navy’s Thistlegorm.
Back on land, at sunrise or sunset, 4×4 dune safaris in the Sinai Desert promise amazing photo stops.
Tours can be booked Here, which has similarly priced camel-rides and star-gazing trips.
Or souvenir hunt in Sharm’s modern malls and the recreated souks of its Old Market area.
While Sharm-el-Sheik isn’t known for having a quiet, intimate vibe, it’s ideal for smart, larger resorts.
The Four Seasons Resort Sharm-el-Sheik has one of the area’s prettiest palm-filled gardens – a seven-night B&B stay with flights starts at £1,595pp on
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