Sharm and surrounds
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 10, 2013 11:47 AM Last Post By: pinkradish
Mar 20, 2013 6:14 AM
Sharm and surroundsHi,
First time to Egypt - I'm a solo, independent traveller but I'm doing this trip a little different. I have booked a package holiday! This is since it is dirt cheap for two weeks in Sharm. This I will use as my base and then I will explore from there (whilst still also doing plenty of snorkelling in and around Sharm).
I have a few questions which I'm struggling to find suggestions for -
1. Arriving from London into Sharm airport - is it possible to walk right into Sharm? I appreciate it will be hot in May (though i am arriving later afternoon) - on Google Earth it doesn't look so far and that complicated but maybe I am wrong. The main reason for this is that i want to walk straight out of the airport and completely do away with all the hassle and bustle of taxi nonsense and tourists. I just want to rely on my feet.
2. Secondly, I expect Sharm will drive me quite mad after about 4 days and I am looking for other options. I am going to stay near St Catherines for a few nights - hopefully in an eco lodge. Does anyone have experience of doing this 'independently' - i.e not booking on a coach trip...how easily could i spend a few days up there and then get back?
3. I'm also researching peaceful spots to hang out around Sinai - huts on the beach scenario. It seems that anything I find is quite far up north, Nuweiba for example. Does anyone have a suggestion for something closer to Sharm? Basic accomodation is fine....just want a hut near the water and some access to food!
(p.s - I don't drive as I have quite poor eyesight - so I can't hire a car, I need to depend on public transport or excusions)
Thank you so much as ever for all your help.
Mar 20, 2013 9:45 AM
i'm not sure if walking from the airport to sharm is a great idea. the airport is a about 12km's from naama bay (the main tourist centre in sharm), and about 20km from sharm el sheikh "proper".
and honestly, from your post, i dont think that you will last in sharm for 4 days :-)
cant answer question 2.
for question 3 - dahab is about 1.5 hours north of sharm (between sharm and nuweiba), and there you can find your beach hut scenario.
Mar 20, 2013 4:11 PM
2I agree with 1, it really sounds like Sharm won't be your thing. I tried it for 4 days a couple of years ago, and I wasn't even in the thick of it, but I couldn't wait to leave. Go straight to Dahab - also dirt cheap - you'll have a much better time and from there you can get the bedouin bus to St Katherines and Nuweiba.
Edited by: Jude08
Mar 21, 2013 6:40 AM
3Dahab, Dahab, Dahab. Don't even think twice, that's the place.
You have "huts in the beach" around Ras Shaitan (between Taba and Nuweiba), these are hippie beaches and they are lovely, am not too sure whether you'll find a lot of people there. You also have some in Ras Abu-Gallum, you can go there from Dahab (drive to the "blue hole" and hike or ride a camel till there.
Mar 22, 2013 5:47 AM
4hahaha, thanks for your answers guys. Yeah actually that walk does sound a bit too much of a hike! Guess I have to fall prey to the taxi scamming. So frustrating!
I don't expect to like Sharm - it sounds like everything I generally don't like but it may hopefully serve some small purpose - at least I can leave the bulk of my luggage in the hotel and perhaps enjoy the roof pool for a bit....fill up on the breakfast....have a snorkel and then head off...and return later to find they have made swans out of my towels. For reasons utterly unbeknown to me!
Dahab it is then!
Mar 22, 2013 7:04 AM
5I'm sure they can make swans out of your towels in Dahab too. There are many places where you can stay and at all price ranges, I'd advise staying at walking distance from the center, not in the out-of-town luxury hotels.
My favorite place is Penguin, it's a ten-minute walk from the center along the beach, meaning it's quiet at night. Even if you stay somewhere else, have drinks or dinner at their lounge restaurant, it's as cool as it gets and always filled with expats, divers and backpackers, even if there are less people now.
The main - and possibly only - reason to stay in Sharm is wreck diving, plus a number of nightclubs which are quite the hype among young, rich Egyptians.
Mar 22, 2013 8:18 AM
Mar 28, 2013 9:30 AM
Apr 10, 2013 11:47 AM
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