Weather Averages for Sharm El Sheikh in March
Averages for Sharm El Sheikh in March
As spring gets underway in Sharm el-Sheikh the temperatures rise, but the day-to-day weather is rarely excessively hot. The daytime temperature typically reaches a high of 25°C around mid-March, though the average is a degree or two higher than that towards the end of the month. The temperature typically falls only to 16°C at night, and temperatures are often conducive to staying out late into the evenings. Temperatures also rarely deviate from the long-term average values by more than a few degrees.
The long-term average rainfall for March is 1mm, but most Marches pass by without any measurable rain, so a typical holiday at Sharm el-Sheikh will remain dry throughout. There is an average of 310 hours of bright sunshine, exactly ten hours per day, during March, and many days feature largely unbroken sunshine. 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 fun.
On rare occasions sandstorms may occur in association with the khamsin wind, which are most likely late in the month, but are less common in the Sinai region than in most other parts of Egypt.
Things to do
Fans of horse riding should try out Mangroovy Horses, which offer plenty of scope to go on horse rides around the local area, and has a reputation for treating the horses with love and care - tourists have recommended this as the best horse riding spot in the region at TripAdvisor. The main site is located near Nabq Bay in Sharm el-Sheikh and offers a wide range of horse riding trips, including trips into the desert or seaside, sunrise trips in the Nabq National Parc, riding lessons and holiday packages. Some trips involve riding in the heart of the Sinai desert, close to Mount Sinai.
Sinai Safari Adventures is strongly recommended to those interested in going on safari trips into the desert, and also in boat trips and scuba diving. They are ranked highly in the list of Sharm el-Sheikh attractions. The main headquarters is situated at Al Rewaysat Road. Options include a quad safari, which amounts to a two-hour trip through the Sinai desert, passing by numerous villages on the way, and these quad safaris operate every day. They offer scuba diving trips, camel rides, a ride on a glass boat, and even offer custom-made trips around Sharm el-Sheikh for those who would rather have a trip tailored specifically to their own desires. For those who like water sports, they also provide trips to see dolphin shows and to the nearby Aqua Blue water park, which offers a wide range of slides and swimming pools.
Time to celebrate
Coptic Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the equinox (21st March) and can fall in late March or early to mid-April. Egyptian Christians traditionally visit their families and close friends, and serve giant feasts, particularly in remembrance of those who have passed away or are in need.
Eating (and drinking) out
There is a wide choice of good restaurants around Sharm el-Sheikh. For those after English food, the Bar One and Restaurant at the Horizon Resort, Nabq, offers relatively cheap and high quality English food, and contains a bar, pool table, and large HD screen for watching sports fixtures, and special events, birthday parties and pub quizzes are periodically arranged. For those who like Italian cuisine, head to Zigolini’s Italian Restaurant situated near the Movenpick Jolie Ville Hotel near the Naama promenade, which offers high quality Italian food and good views over the promenade.
For those after a British-style bar that offers a good scope of televised sporting events and light meals, St George’s Bar at Lti Grand Azure, Nabq is a good option. The El Fanar beach resort hosts beach parties on Wednesday nights, which typically start at around 11pm, and also houses a disco and a nightclub.
Hit the beach
Nabq Bay is a protected area, and many species of flora and fauna, as well as spectacular coral reefs, flourish here. There are large, mostly man-made beaches ideal for relaxing sunbathing. A wide range of pubs, bars, restaurants and entertainment centres lie just a little way inland from the Bay. There are also good diving and snorkelling opportunities in the area- for example there are many old shipwrecks close to the coastline. To the south of Sharm el-Sheikh lies the Ras Mohammed National Park, which boasts some spectacular reefs and fish species just off the coast. These are best enjoyed by booking guided diving and snorkelling trips into the area. Alternatively, visitors can just relax and sunbathe at a choice of beaches, of which the Main Beach is the most popular, though correspondingly, also the most likely to be crowded. The Old Quay Beach is also worth a visit.
Where to stay
There are many good accommodation options around Sharm el-Sheikh, although there are also some less reliable ones, so visitors need to choose wisely. The Coral Sea Splash Resort at Nabq Bay is relatively inexpensive, and boasts many and varied amenities and an on-site water park. Also worth considering is the Xperience Sea Breeze Resort. The Cleopatra Luxury Resort, while fairly expensive, provides relaxing children and some good spa pools and a kids club.
For those on tight budgets, there are a limited number of good budget options, including the All Seasons Badawia Sharm Resort at Hadabet Om el Seed. For self-catering, An Egyptian Place in the Sun (located at the Delta Sharm holiday village) is a good and relatively inexpensive bet.