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.
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.
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).
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.
A sure shot of smoothing your nerves after a Hard Day of Swimming and other Activites...Have a Nice Hookah( water pipe) in different flavours and watch the Whole Sharm walk around....Also you get to see a EGYPTIAN NOMADIC JIGGY done mostly by the Entertainers of the cafe...!! Make sure you dnt miss it.
you should go to marina or the so called na'ma bay if you want to shoping or clubing or smoking shisha in cafe then marina is the best thing,you can also find there Macdonalds pizza hut ,hardrock cafe and alot of other shopping 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.