Few things fascinate me more than places I haven’t been, and Sharm el-Sheikh is high atop that list. As a scuba diver, beach lover, and watersports enthusiast, “Sharm” has always held a particular allure as a desert coastal outpost. While I don’t have a family yet (key word: yet), this guest post highlights activities I could take part in when that day finally rolls around.
Sharm el-Sheikh is quickly becoming one of the most popular family holiday destinations around, and with so many fantastic kids’ activities to choose from it’s not hard to see why. If you’re planning on flying away to Egypt this summer, take a look at this selection of some of the best day trips for children in sunny Sharm el-Sheikh.
This water park is located just a stone’s throw away from Naama Bay. You’ll find a great collection of water rides all decorated with an ancient Egyptian theme, with slides and attractions designed to cater to everyone from babies to adults. If you’re travelling with a toddler there’s a special Giza-inspired area just for their age group, carefully shaded to prevent sunburn, while the bigger kids’ pool features a pirate ship playground.
Naama Bay is a dream seaside destination containing everything you need for a family-friendly beach holiday. There are good old-fashioned donkey rides smaller children will love, while older kids might prefer screaming their hearts out on a thrilling banana boat ride. Afterwards, the whole family can spend some quality time together on a glass-bottomed boat trip, where you can watch spectacular sea life close-up without even getting splashed.
A camel safari is the best way to explore the parts of ancient Egypt that have survived tourist traps, and even small children can share a camel with their parents for a safe and fun trip through the Sinai desert. Many tours include a traditional Bedouin meal and stargazing, while some travel to Mount Sinai overnight, so you can climb to the summit in time to watch the sunrise.
The Kids Arcade at Soho Square is packed full of fun things to do. You’ll find a soft play area for smaller children and funfair style entertainment for all ages, including a merry-go-round, ball pit and arcade games. The Square itself is also home to a bowling alley, cinema, shops, restaurants, and bars, making it the perfect place to let teens wander round on their own while you sneak off for a well-deserved drink.
Ras Mohamed National Park
Sharm el-Sheikh first showed up on the tourist map as a hotspot for diving fans, and it’s still just as popular with them today. Introduce kids to an underwater paradise with a snorkelling trip at the Ras Mohamed National Park. With enchanting coral reefs and shoals of brightly-colored fish, this part of the Red Sea is breathtakingly magical for children and adults alike.
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