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The lively centre
Na'ama bay is the centre of all action in Sharm-el-Sheikh. Everything lives to tourism and from tourism. The beach is segmented in several private concessions, with a band of less than 20 meters considered public beach, which means that you don't pay the access to a restaurant or hotel, but... to... them!
During the day it's a sleepy town, awakening at sunset to fill the bars and restaurants. Each night, the program is the usual - strolling, drinking, listening to loud music.
Go to sleep - tomorrow there will be more fish to see!
Sharm-el-Sheikh is situated in Southern Sinai in the National Park region of Ras Mohamed.
The main tourist area is Naama Bay which is approximately a 1km long sandy beach, which is now filled with hotels, restaurants, shops and bars.
Naama Bay is the main beach area in Sharm.There is a public section of the beach (near the middle) but most of the beach is split into sections which are allocated to groups of hotels.
Sunbeds are free of charge and there are plenty of places where you can get food and drink during the day either at bars on the beach or in the shops nearby.
Naama shoping center
This is a big place , kept nice and clean , and they dont bother you that much here, not like outside. Nice chinese resturant here where Tony Blair and his family went , they have the photo framed on the wall.
Naama bay is fairly small but it can get crowded. It is nice to take a stoll through the main area inthe evening. The shops and stalls stay open late sop there is plenty of time for shopping in the evening rather than during the day.
Markets, bars, eating out and diving.
Travel outwith the resort and explore other places after you have spent a day or two in the place because a couple of days is enough in Naama Bay and Sharm El Sheikh for anyone, unless you went simply to lounge about your hotel area and nothing much else. The diving is ok but avoid the PADI stuff, you don't need it and you will gain nothing from it either. If you really need professional diving lessons, get them anywhere bar Egypt because absolutely NOTHING should be trusted in this country, especially so-called diving qualifications and the like.
Let's be honest, if their airport officials are corrupt (i.e attempting to blatantly steal my iPhone at an x-ray checkpoint as i was leaving, be wary of taking such devices to Egypt in general as im sure they get away with it from those too spooked by the intimidatory behaviour to refuse giving up personal belongings to these corrupt so-called officials) then it doesn't bode well for pretty much anything else.
I also recommend avoiding all the market traders (hawkers) like the plague and whatever you do, DO NOT talk to them in English!! If they ask where you are from, just say 'no understand' every time and if they ask where you are from, tell them you are from Romania and say no more. Walk on and accept NOTHING in the way of their hospitality or anything else as it will only lead to an attempt to either blatantly rip you off or the other tact of guilting you into parting with cash.
If they know you are from the UK, it's simply a nightmare to shake them off and the amount of horror storoes I heard, from the Egyptian hotel staff and rep concerning British tourists in Naama Bay were shocking and i'm glad and extremely fortunate for the advice i got before venturing into town. There are the odd few traders that are genuinly decent (like the watch trader in a wee side market and the place that I organised excursions from who were fantastic as were their trips) ans bargains are to be found if you like your fake bling and watches.
Pascha and Space are mince to be honest (unless lecherous Saudi's and Egyptians sleazing over your girlfriend is your idea of a good time) oh, and there are Russians everywhere! The Russians in Sharm El Sheikh outnumber the Egyptians!
Organise a few excursions and enjoy the rest of Egypt, it's quite cheap and an ideal way to see the historical sights and places...but always be extremely wary wherever you go, do not let your guard down anywhere in this country as being from the UK seemingly means you are wealthy beyond belief and are in Egypt to simply fill the pockets of the locals, including the police and as I personaly experienced, airline security personel also and unless you want to blow you holiday budget within a couple of days, DO NOT interact with anyone apart from those essential like taxi's (taxi drivers--always negotiate a price BEFORE you step foot in the cab) and the odd trader and whatever...use common sense if you have it....if you don't, stay away from this country. It is beautiful in many respects and the weather?? Bliss!
There is so much to see and do but you need your wits about you more than anywhere I have ever travelled previously...and that says something in itself considering some of the places I have been to.
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Do not use the local buses or taxis in sharm, the drivers are ripping off the tourists by stating that the buses are finished at 10am and they are taxis, this is a lie. myself and a friend got on a bus that the driver stopped outside of naama bay and we were threatened to pay more money there was another bus in front which also stopped , we were 2 women over 60 and this was frightening, however we managed to get off of the bus and run into a nearby hotel for help, this bus stopped along peace road way out from most hotels. we were followed by the driver of the bus and friends from the other bus. Taxis are exploiting the english tourists and charging up to 100 egyptian pounds for a fare. Please only use hotel transport never local transport. This is the worst experience of my life and we have been going to egypt for 5 years but now I would stay in my hotel resort and never venture into naama bay again, too frightening, do not trust anyone other than hotel staff
spider cafe sharm el sheihk
Cafe Hand made taking into account the energy control harmful issued from the ground and this is due to staff and visitors calm nerves full making visitors in stable psychological condition and the cafe unique drinks and treatment is of natural herbs known to all.
Water sports in Naama Bay
Naama bay is always life spot day and night m water sports are various in that small bay
Beach , swimming , Diving , snorkeling , Parasailing ,banana boat , pedalo all in one spot
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take a walk
Take a walk down the main tourist road in Naama Bay...Full of colourfull shisha bars, restaurants and stores, this is an ideal place to feel the life of the city.
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