Aug 17

Sharm el Sheikh on the Cheap

by in Africa, Egypt

Sharm el Sheikh is a luxurious resort town drawing thousands of visitors a year. With stunning beaches lining the Red Sea coast, exotic day trips and a year round arid climate it is a great setting for a beach holiday. In a region renowned for luxury, taking a holiday on the cheap in Sharm el Sheikh isn’t as hard as you’d suspect. Here are a few budget tips for exploring this Egyptian resort paradise.


Thinking about where you can rest your head in a beach-side community that boasts names like Le Meridian and the Four Seasons? Luckily, if you are looking for the best hotel deals in Sharm el Sheikh there are many budget hotels that offer single, double or triple occupancy rooms for prices as low as $10 dollars per night. Oonas Dive Club in Na’ama Bay is well known for its affordable yet comfortable environment.

Live like a local

old market

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There is certainly no shortage of fine dining in Sharm el Sheikh though prices will definitely match the resort style experience. For cheaper options try eating where the locals do. The El Masrien, Old Market offers local Egyptian cuisine that won’t break the bank. And if you’re in the mood for something a little less traditional the Il Mercato has all the fast-food shops that will satisfy your cravings. You can also do your own shopping at the local grocer Carrefour and self-cater your meals or stock up on water and other snacks.

To Do

One of the bonuses of being in this area is the abundance of activities. Renowned for world class diving the area boasts two reefs, Tiran and Ras Mohammed, that are perfect for exploring the depths. If diving isn’t your forte there are several other water activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, para-sailing, boating and canoeing.

sharm el sheikh

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If you’re looking for adventure away from the shoreline you can easily find a wide range of land based activities like camel trekking, quad bike riding, horse back riding or even a desert safari. Bedouin guides can take you through the Sinai desert to famous sites such as Mount Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery. Sinai Safari, a tour operator, advertises itself as being suitable for all budgets and needs.

Sinai Desert

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The region is also situated closely to many other sites that are of interest. You can easily take a day trip to Cairo and see the big city or head to Giza and be awed by the pyramids. Petra in Jordan is also easily accessible by boat or you might opt to check out a boat ride on the Nile. Transport in the area is relatively cheap and you can elect from minibus, bus, boat or taxi depending on your budget.

So whether your interest is sunbathing on the beach or trekking through the desert, Sharm el Sheikh offers many affordable and budget friendly options that will allow you to enjoy this ecologically diverse area without going for broke.

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