Naama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh
This bar which is upstairs in the Camel Hotel is British Run and offers sky sports and an impressive range of international drinks. Upstairs the roof top bar has spectaculr views over Naama Bay and the clear skies of Sharm. They also serve food and have Shisha and supply patio heater on cooler evenings which are a God send.
The most marvelous view of night sharm you can see here! You can have different kinds of fresh juice, shisha, beer and listen for oriental music.
Every holiday we used to visit this place - it` s kind of tradition for us!
Visit the Camel Bar in Naama Bay, up on the roof top you can slouch around on the sofas, have a drink some good food and of course for afters have a go on the local hashish. Im not a smoker myself but had a go. The tabaco is flavoured with things like cherry, strawberry or apple to name a few.
Emma and I have ben to Pacha in London and we found that Pacha in Naama Bay lived up to its reputation as a must see night out. If you like dancing this is the place for you. Like everywhere in Egypt alcohol is very expensive by local standards so watch your wallet!
There are many pavement cafes in Naama Bay. In January they were still gleefully lit with Christmas lights and decorations which added to the charm of the traditional arabic low sofas and cusions which are strewn around for your comfort. Treat yourself to one of the many refreshments on offer, a dazzling array of international teas, coffees, milk shakes and hot chocolate.
A quite sandy beach located in Sharm El Maya Bay, in the entrance of Sharm city if you enter it by land from Cairo,
Clean sandy beach with little waves, you can swim or walk in the water for around 70 Meter we spend a lovely time as a family in swimming and using water sports
View is fantastic , drinks are good and cheap
Enterance fees = 30 L.E = ( around 4 Euros / Day )
Naama bay is the centre of Sharm. There are many shops where you can by from silver, gold, perfumes, and all kind of memories of Egypt. There are coffee shops where you can smoke shisha - very nice and drink different teas and coffees.
In the evening Naama is ful of people, but during the day it is very empty.
All along the beach at Naama Bay there is a paved walkway which is lovely at night, it is lined with various cafes and restaurants and everyone converges here in the evenings. You can book tours and activites for the following day have a meal or just take a wander.
The one "downtown" type area in Sharm el Sheikh is in the Na'ama bay area. Most of the pubs and restaurants are gathered here.
It is actually not so bad, as the streets are now blocked off to car traffic here, which makes walking around somewhat pleasant. (a rarity in traffic-bound Egypt)
Taxi ride from most of the resorts to Na'ama Bay will probably run you about 15 EP or so. ($2.50 USD)
Both times we visited Sharm El-Sheik, we stayed in a hotel at Na'ama Bay. Along the bay is a nice pedestrian promenade. From the promenade you can reach all the beaches and the hotels, restaurants and shops lined along the promenade . It´s nice to stroll here, especially in the evening.
Along the promenade of Na'ama Bay are a lot of restaurants and bars. A rather cheap and popular one is Tam Tam Oriental Cafe for Middle Eastern and Egyptian dishes, drinks and shisha's (waterpipes). The bar has a relaxed and nice atmosphere.
Na'ama Bay itself has some minor reefs for snorkeling, reachable from the beach. I was surprised to get a glimpse allready of many colourful fishes just a few steps in the water.
The first time we visited Na'ama Bay we walked to the Near Garden east of the beach area near the Sofitel Hotel. We could walk there on the cliffs. Also if you not go for snorkeling, the walk on the cliffs is nice. Nowadays acces can maybe be blocked by new hotels built on the shore.
During our first visit to Na'ama Bay we could easily walk into the desert from our Oasis hotel, situated at the edge of the desert. It was an easy walk, because the surface was solid and flat. The scenery with the mountains at the background was wonderfull. We didn't see any other people during our walk, so the desert gave us a feeling of solitude and serenity. When we walked back, we saw far away at the other side of the wadi a small group on quads, four wheeled motorbikes, entering the desert.
After 11 years when we came back to Na'ama bay, we found out that at the edge of the desert along the big Avenue, called the Peace Road, new housing areas were built and many more are under construction (picture 4). Along the Avenue you have hardly any free views (picture 3)at the desert anymore. Also the view at the desert from our former hotel was disappeared behind blocks of houses (picture 2).
Of course in case you want, you can still go for a walk into the desert, but you have to walk a bit more coming from the hotel area and the charm of walking straight from your hotel into the desert is gone.
The second time we didn't go for a walk, but we were happy we could still experience the desert by the splendid view from the balcony of our hotelroom at the same desert mountains like in 1996, as a wonderful background behind the town (picture 5).
The first time we visited Na'ama Bay we made a walk into the desert. It was a nice experience, especially because our hotel at the main Avenue (Peace Road) was situated at the edge of the desert.
We walked in the direction of the mountains. They looked very scenic, but the forms were also good for orientation. The solitary tree (picture 1) was our second orientation point. It's looked great in the surrounding landscape. In the shade of the tree we took a rest and drunk some water (picture 2).
On our walk back to Na'ama Bay the orientation was quite easy. When we turned around, we had allready a good view from a big distance at the skyline of the hotels and could easily find our way.
Nowadays most people go into the desert by quad.
The first day at the beach I went into the water for a try-out of my snorkling gear and the new underwater cover for my digital camera. From the beach I saw two spots where some people were snorkling.
When I arrived there in only a few minutes, It surprised me to see just in front of the beach lots of colourful fishes, swimming around two small pieces of coral reefs. I couldn't recognise all the types of fish, but anyway I saw a blue coloured parrot fish, lots of black & white sergeants majors, yellow butterflyfishes and red sea banner fishes.
Of course the huge coral reefs of Ras Mohammed are much more impressive, but for me it was a nice surprise to be able to have this close encounter, just coming out of my hotelroom at the first day.
I suggest going only at night since the place is lit up amazingly, and very very safe and comfortable for tourists. in fact it is over ridden by tourists, either arab,, european or american. I met a wonderful Libyan family just visiting Sharm as a vacation, which i though was cool that even to people within arabic world, they also love to visit egypt's treasures. its very good compared to the nontouristic cairo. Naama Bay is extremely developed and is simply a joy to walk around in. The walking paths are so great through the shops, but are neccessary due to the amount of tourists.
Sitting down on the bench i spoke to a native Egyptian teaching at Sharm univeristy, and he was telling me his anger at how his city has been tooken over. lol
Naama bay has plenty of shops, clubs, outdoor shisha bars, entertainment shows, casinos, restaurants and souvenir shops. Pasha is the biggest club in town, but cover is 26 euros, so i said screw that. other highlights include The belly dancing shows occuruing in various shisha bars or restaurants. its expensive.