Weather Averages for Sharm El Sheikh in February
Averages for Sharm El Sheikh in February
February is usually the second-coldest month of the year at Sharm el-Sheikh with only slightly higher temperatures than January, but it is generally warm by day, with an average daytime maximum temperature of 22°C, while on average the temperature falls to 14°C at night. Temperatures rarely fluctuate by more than a few degrees either side of the long-term average, and the daily weather is reliably dry and sunny, so the long-term averages are representative of what will be experienced during a typical holiday in the area.
An average February has no days at all with rainfall and the mean monthly rainfall is well under 1mm, so there is a high chance of a February holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh remaining completely rain-free. There is an average of 251 hours of bright sunshine, approximately nine hours per day, during February. The average sea temperature is at its lowest during February and March but still holds up at a relatively warm 21°C, which is conducive to water-based recreation, though a little cool for swimming in.
On rare occasions sandstorms may occur in association with the khamsin wind, although the likelihood of those is higher in March and April than in February.
Things to do
As February is not an excessively hot time of year, it is a good time of year to visit for fans of golf. There are a couple of golf courses in the area, including the Sinai Golf Heights course which is located on Dusti Road in the Nabq area. This is a new golf course which is likely to grow with time, developed by a company which has established numerous high-quality golf courses across Egypt, and offers nine playable holes which offer a good challenge, while the organisers give swing tips to novice golfers. Club hire is available and the prices are reputed to be lower than at most other golf courses in the area.
An alternative is the Jolie Ville Golf & Resort at Um Marikha Bay which contains an 18-hole PGA golf course, and also provides highly-rated five-star accommodation and 15 restaurants and bars, and provides free golf lessons on Mondays. Private lessons, short game lessons and an international golf academy are all available. The golf course is the only 18-hole championship golf course in the region, although it is quite pricey to play on.
OXTUR Tours are a popular way to sightsee around Sharm el-Sheikh with guidance from a local holiday operator. They offer a wide range of tours and trips to sources of entertainment including a banana boat and tube ride (allowing visitors to experience the thrill of moving fast close to the water in a safe setting), a night show and dinner in the Sinai desert, a crocodile and snake show, horse riding, quad biking, and trips up Mount Sinai. For those interested in heading further out of Sharm el-Sheikh and seeing other attractions around Egypt, the company also provides trips to Cairo (the capital city) and Dahab, which is a smaller resort to the north of Sharm el-Sheikh and has some popular dive locations. They will also set up custom city tours for those who are interested.
Time to celebrate
Union Day is celebrated on the 22nd February each year, which celebrates the creation of the modern state of Egypt, and it is a public holiday. Also held on the 22nd February is the Abu Simbel Sun Festival which is held at the Abu Simbel temple at Aswan, approximately 10-15 minutes’ drive or taxi ride to the north-east of Sharm el-Sheikh. Visitors are advised to arrive before dawn as the spot can become crowded. During this special event, shafts of sunlight enter the temple, highlighting the statue of King Ramses II and two sun-gods.
Eating (and drinking) out
For eating out, the Cafe Royal at Sharm Elise is a good option, as the European-style food, the service and the value for money are all highly rated by most customers at TripAdvisor, and free Wi-Fi internet access is also provided. The White Elephant Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar, a Thai restaurant situated at Royal Albatros Moderna, Peace Road, is a relatively expensive, but high quality, option which offers plentiful and high quality food, making it particularly suitable for a special occasion for those who enjoy Thai cuisine.
For entertainment and nightlife, the Taj Mahal Centre in Peace Road, El Hadaba, features the special Taj Mahal parties on Friday nights, organised by 1001 Nights, and beach parties on Wednesday nights, and also houses the Dolce Vita nightclub. SOHO Square also provides a lot of entertainment- there are five bars on-site plus a nightclub which features frequent musical performances, and there are the usual British-style sporting facilities, including a ten pin bowling alley.
Hit the beach
A good beach to try is Shark’s Bay, which is situated to the south of El Sheikh Zaied Street, off the south-east of Sharm el-Sheikh. Like Ras um Sid, this bay offers good opportunities for diving and snorkelling and surveying spectacular reefs and species of fish, as well as sunbathing on the beach. There are numerous shops, bars and cafes just inland from the coast. It is a relatively quiet resort, and does not have the hustle-bustle of, say, Naama Bay. Naama Bay will appeal more to those who like to have access to entertainment close by, and it also houses the Red Sea Diving College. It is a particularly good area for scuba diving.
Where to stay
There are many accommodation options around at Sharm el-Sheikh although you have to choose carefully as there are a fair number of unreliable outlets, as well as good ones. The Xperience Sea Breeze Resort at Shark’s Bay has a private beach area, and is very handy for the main attractions at Shark’s Bay as well as offering swimming pools, Jacuzzis and special offers for couples. The Iberotel Palace, at El Maya Bay, should cater for a wide range of holidaymakers and is very handy for diving and snorkelling opportunities off the coastline. The Jolie Ville Golf & Resort Hotel, which houses the region’s only 18-hole golf course, is also worth considering for those who are into golf.
For those on a tighter budget, Sinai Old Spices is a good B&B situated at the Roissat area of Sharm el-Sheikh, while for those after self-catering options, Sharks Bay Oasis is a very handy option for those interested in visiting, and staying close to, Shark’s Bay.