Where to Eat in Sharm El Sheikh

By: Nadine Dafrawy

Known as the ‘City of Peace’, Sharm El Sheikh is an ultimate destination spot for almost any individual looking for a good and relaxing time. We need to unwind every once in a while don’t we? And Sharm is the answer to your very needed and long overdue vacation. We’ve briefly mentioned the wonders and whims of Sharm in a previous article, but feel it wasn’t given its full credit. As such, Travacation is dedicating 2 weeks of blogging to Sharm and Sharm alone - a serene and tranquil location.

Part of vacationing in a new and unfamiliar place is to discover its cuisine, and yep we’ve got the 411 of where and what to eat in Sharm. After all, what’s a vacation without indulging on exquisite watering food? Getting hungry? This is just the start!

Naama Bay, the heart and central of Sharm, is a boulevard-like walkway with a cluster of restaurants and cafes on your right and left. You’ll find almost anything and everything there, from things you’d like to eat on the go, to supermarkets, to extravagant restaurants.

Our personal favorite is hands down, the ‘Mexican Bar’. With its Mexican feel essence to its colorful décor of patterned rugs and sturdy wood, the ‘Mexican Bar’ is a great place to get a large filling meal for – we’d say a very reasonable price. Nachos, enchiladas, and of course sizzling Fajitas are the best way to go there as you’re encompassed in a wild-west looking diner. Best of it yet is its open-air area sitting on the outer skirts of Naama Bay watching the people passing by.

With chic reddish interior, we also recommend ‘Pomodorro’ – we’d like to say the best of which Italian food has to offer. Bellissimo! Be sure to catch seats though since it’s always usually crowded – depending on the season of course. A little pricier than places similar to the ‘Mexican Bar’ but its Italian plates will leave you in awe. We dare you to try the lasagna.

If you’re a fan of the Far East and would like to embrace on a more oriental experience, you should head to China House or India House, both restaurants side to side situated in the Naama Bay Mall. Located on a rooftop, their menu includes an array of plates including sushi, noodles, rice and meats and chickens mixed with enriched spices and herbs. Affordable, yet with smaller quantities of the norm, its undeniable setting will allow you to take on the splendid summer breeze.

Jam a lot? Rocker? Got the music buzz?! ‘Hard Rock Café Sharm’ is the place for you, one of its many branches worldwide. There are two ‘Hard Rock Cafes’ in Sharm, one in the hub of Naama Bay, and the other near the Hadaba area. The experience is pretty much the same, but if you want to party and have a great value for meal at the same time, ‘Hard Rock’ is a definite guarantee. Sometimes on a crowded night, the staff will gather around on the dance-floor and perform a very entertaining number. No, not the typical ‘YMCA’ routine, but an original dance number!

Sharm El Sheikh is a place for almost anyone; adventurers, water sports extremists, couples, children, and people who want to relax. We gave you snippets of the best places to dine. If you want more information of places to visit, we suggest you try www.tripadvisors.com. They’ve got reviews and rankings of almost every restaurant in town! But then again, we give recommendations of our top favorited restaurants. Bon Appetit!  

Safety & Traveler Friendly destinations in Egypt

By Karim Khattab

During the past 2 days unfortunate events have sprouted in the Egyptian Tahrir square. The events are a result of clashes between demonstrators and the police force regarding the time line of the transfer of power to civilians. These clashes have hit the news so fast and created some kind of panic from traveling to Egypt. This article is not to deny the security threat in Cairo; however it is to portray a correct and accurate picture of the events. The fact is, there has been no record of a single tourist which has been exposed to any form of violence since the Jan 25 revolution.

The following is a fact file about locations in Egypt with absolutely NO violence record since January 2011:

Giza & Pyramids Area:

·         Violence Incidents: 0

·         Places to visit:

o   Great Pyramids of Giza

o   Pyramids of Sakkara

o   Dahshur Pyramid

o   The Ancient city of Memphis

·         Distance from closest airport: 30 minutes

Hurghada:

·         Violence Incidents: 0

·         Things to do:

o   Water Activities

o   Snorkeling & Diving

o   Quad Biking

o   Beaching & Tanning

o   Partying

·         Distance from closest airport: 15 minutes

Sharm El Sheikh:

·         Violence incidents: 0

·         Things to do:

o   Water Activities

o   Snorkeling & Diving

o   Quad Biking

o   Beaching & Tanning

o   Partying

·         Distance from closest airport: 15 minutes

Luxor:

·         Violence Incidents: 0

·         Attractions & Sites:

o   Karnak Temple

o   Luxor Temple

o   Valley of Kings

o   Valley of Queens

o   Other ancient Egyptian monuments

·         Distance from closest airport: 30 minutes

Aswan:

·         Violence Incidents: 0

·         Attractions & Sites:

o   Elephantine Island & Temple

o   Aswan High Dam

o   The Unfinished Obelisk

o   Nubian Villages

o   Felucca Rides

·         Distance to closest airport: 30 minutes

Locations where there were incidents of violence since January:

Cairo:

  •    Tahrir Sq
  •    Maspero
  • Abbaseya

The previous locations all exist within a 10 km radius of each other.  These locations are all located in Cairo as the following map shows. Sites Travacation does not advise for you to visit in the current period are the following:

  • The Egyptian Museum
  •  Khan El Khalili Bazaar
  • Citadel of Saladin & Mohamed Ali Mosque

What to wear in Egypt?

By: Nadine Dafrawy

Let’s face it; one of our ever-growing dilemmas when travelling is deciding what to put in that little tiny briefcase of yours. The more you stare into your vast closet of shirts, pants, belts, whatever it may be, the smaller your luggage converts itself to be. What to do? What to bring? Should I bring this? Or should I bring that? Well, we are here to ease your troubles…

Egypt is a conservative yet modest country. Appropriate clothing differs from place to place, but the main jist of it all is to be dressed conventionally and in a manner that is respectable to Egypt’s traditions. We don’t expect you to be covered from head to toe, but it is advisable to conceal shoulders and knees when touring Egypt in its cities and towns. You don’t want to be eyeballed or have attention directly drawn to you just because you’re a foreigner and dress the way you do. The entire point of this is to shed on a cultural respect towards the country. Right?

You are free of course, to be dressed whichever way you desire in Egypt’s Beaches, Resorts, Coastals, and places of such, but we’d advise you to be more cautious over your outfit choice in more public places such as streets, cafes, and of course we need not say the city.  Your green light locations include Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and the North Coast.

However, let’s disregard “appropriate” clothing construct for a second, and consider other factors that intervene in your wardrobe choice. Egypt’s warm year round temperature will serve you no trouble and completely eliminate the thought of heavier briefcases that constitute heavy coats and jackets – that will by no means be necessary. Another aspect you need to take into consideration is the physical surrounding. Fashion is not much of an issue in Egypt, being comfortable and adapted to the environment is far more important.

Here is a list of do’s and don’ts to make matters less complicated…

DO

  • Bring t-shirts and other short sleeved shirts
  • Bring comfortable shoes, sneakers and sandals
  • Bring long or knee-length pants or skirts
  • Bring cardigans, light jackets and scarves – during the winter season (which is usually from November onwards to mid-January)

DON’T

  • Wear tank tops, tight-fitted or long v-cut shirts that reveal cleavage
  • Wear high-heels (for the ladies), business shoes (for the men), when browsing the streets
  • Wear mini-skirts, hot shorts, capris pants or pants that are too tight
  • Wear heavy, rain or trench coats

(Source: travacationegypt.com)

Sinai is a labyrinth of colored canyons. Explore it with Travacation-EgyptContact us on info@travacationegypt.com 

Sinai is a labyrinth of colored canyons. Explore it with Travacation-Egypt
Contact us on info@travacationegypt.com 

The Tomb of King Tut was the only tomb found intact. The treasures of King Tut lie in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.

The Tomb of King Tut was the only tomb found intact. The treasures of King Tut lie in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.

"As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own."

— Margaret Mead

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Cairo: The city of a 1000 minterates

Cairo: The city of a 1000 minterates

Street Art in Egypt

By: Nadine Dafrawy

Following the events of the January 25th revolution, Egypt has become more democratic on the grounds of free speech. This has taken various forms, most of which has been served through the platform of the Internet i.e. blogging, tweeting, sharing videos and pictures, etc. However, what is most perceptible nowadays and has now become a thriving element is art – particularly street art. We expect in due time this will be dubbed under important Cairo sightseeing marks, paving its way of becoming imperative art in Egypt.

As you tour Egypt you will realize the aligned walls down the streets of Cairo filled with symbols, drawings and colors of words that are strongly transmitted through art. Street art is a flourishing proxy of vocalization, projecting the voices and thoughts of Egyptians towards the government and towards the revolution itself. Drifting along the streets of Zamalek, Maadi, Mohandiseen, and Tahrir Square, graffiti has become its branch of communication drawn by every day ordinary citizens.

Though it is seen as a new gateway of communication, Egyptians continuously take on this recent form of art. Spreading quickly like wildfire, you can observe stencil drawings and spray paint almost at every corner of any given street. Cairo has suddenly emerged itself as the street art region capital, bringing artists together putting the graffiti scene into existence. What once started as scribbling slogans for the overthrow of the old regime has crafted itself to be a unique substance of skill.

Drawings of the Egyptian flag of red, white and black, Che Guevara in an Arab-like beard, words and poems of peace, are all amongst instances of street art propagation. What seemed to be grey and shadowy pre-revolution era, has now converted to walls of hope. Being a witness of this drastic change can only serve a feel of contentment.

To support this newfound form of art in Egypt, Egyptian youth have initiated and launched various websites and blogs depicting pictures, views, and expressions of different paintings and drawings. Travacation’s all time favorite site is www.cairostreetart.com. You’ll find a Cairo map with areas pinpointed by a little balloon. Clicking on this balloon will screen the very images and graffiti located on that particular street. In essence, you can virtually have a walk down Egypt’s paths and browse through the many produced symbolic drawings painted on its walls. 

Arabian Stallion by the Pyramids of Giza

Arabian Stallion by the Pyramids of Giza

Egypt: Where to Go (Part II)

By: Nadine Dafrawy

We continue Egypt’s exploration through the multitude of places to visit fulfilling our elevating and heartening journey. We’ve already brushed our stops at Egypt’s capitals Cairo and Alexandria, and historic Egypt in Luxor and Aswan.

We part with our educational journey and hop on to more upbeat and dynamic locations with down to earth commotions. From places of deep relaxation and tranquility to lively and exciting nightlife, Egypt’s got it all. 

Labeled as the ‘City of Peace’, we make way through the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in none other than Sharm El Sheikh. Sharm El Sheikh includes a smaller coastal such as Dahab, with soft like golden sand and a view that won’t fail to exalt you. With a theatrical landscape, year round warm temperature and extensions of long natural beaches, Sharm El Sheikh delivers an experience like no other. Recreational snorkeling and scuba diving are simply divine, with immense diversity of marine life including 1,000 different species of fish. Highly renowned for its five star nightspots, you’ll find clubs in Sharm El Sheikh overlooking the Red Sea as you dance to the whims of the night tunes.

Nuweiba is another coastal stretching along Sinai. Prevailing a much simpler and primitive life, the ‘Ras Shitan’ or also known as ‘Ras Sinai’ camp area is an unsurpassed gathering spot for musicians and people of different ethnicities looking for a good time. Living a Bedouin-like life in cozy huts by the Red Sea, people assemble around the fire exchanging stories, experiences and culture beneath the dark yet star lit sky. 

Where the Arabian Desert meets the Red Sea, we find ourselves in the heart of the town of Marsa Allam. A tropical paradise, for those who venture out to the water, often coming across spinner dolphins and dugongs. Every moment spent in Marsa Allam can only promise blissful sunshine beaming from the sea’s horizon. An enchanting place for safari rides and adventure, Marsa Allam’s peace, serenity and fresh air will astound you.

Moving towards North, lays Hurghada extending 36 kilometers on the Red Sea shore. Until a few years past serving as a small fishing village, Hurghada now accounts as Egypt’s main hub for water sports, activities, and night entertainment. Housing one of the largest compounds at its suburbs known as ‘Al Gouna’, the parties and good times are merely endless. Hurghada, similar to Sharm El Sheikh, is an ultimate destination spot for aquatic related sports including deep-sea fishing, kiting, and wind surfing. 

Known for crystal calm waters and white soft sand, the bay of Marsa Matrouh is another popular touristic destination in Egypt. The beaches of Marsa Matrouh do not seize to amaze the annual visitors from all over the globe. Concluding and wrapping up our journey, Marsa Matrouh is filled with history following the Byzantine period, consists a number of important cemeteries and monuments, and a number of beaches.

 Attempting to escape from your day to day life, Egypt’s vast option of places will undoubtedly meet your demands. From sun tanning on the warm beaches, to sightseeing, to engaging in nightlife, Egypt is your chosen destination.  

(Source: travacationegypt.com)