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Things to Do Outside the Hotel

Fun At Soho Square Photo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Shiekh isn't exactly the culture capital of the world, but there are some things that you can do. We stayed at the Club Magic Life and there are a number of things to do, both near the hotel and further afield:

1. Outside the Hotel
There are a few little shopping areas just outside the front entrance of the hotel where you can pick up souvenirs and essentials. There are a couple of shops inside the hotel resort but things tend to be much cheaper in these shops outside and there is also the chance to haggle. If you turn right when you leave the hotel there are a few fast food restaurants (including McDonalds, KFC and even Starbucks) for if you are missing your home comforts.

2. Soho Square
This is a fairly new area not far from the hotel. You can get a taxi inside the hotel for around 100 Egyptian pounds, but if you walk just a bit outside the hotel you can barter for a much cheaper taxi. You'll have to wait a matter of seconds for one to pass. Soho Square is about ten minutes away in a taxi. It is full of shops as well as having a panoramic cinema (that shows films in English at certain times) as well as a bowling alley, a nightclub and some cafes. We went during the day but found that many of the things (including the shops) were closed and they don't generally open until 6pm. It is much more of a place to go in the evening although some shops were open during the day.

3. Old Market
This is about fifteen minutes away from the hotel and is the place to go if you want to get fake designer goods for a bargain price and if you love to haggle then you'll have a whale of a time. There are thousands of shops and the whole place is a little bit like a village. There is a bit of harrassment in terms of shopkeepers trying to entice you into their shops but they are quite relaxed and tend to just invite you in and then leave you alone if you aren't interested. It's quite a fun place to go and grab a bargain.

4. Further Afield
It is possible to do day trips and overnight trips to both Cairo and Luxor. We have been to both of these places so didn't bother this time, but I would highly recommend both. Obviously Cairo has the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx as well as the fascinating Cairo museum, home to all of Tut Ankh Amun's many treasures. Luxor has it's fair share of fascinating historical sites including the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and the temples at Luxor and Karnak. Both of the trips though are long days,so be prepared for long coach journeys in hot climates.

So there is a selection of things to do if the sun, sea, sand and relaxation gets too much for you!

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