Sharm el Sheikh Travel Guide

Introduction to Sharm el Sheikh

Once a sleepy fishing village of little over a hundred Bedouins, Sharm el Sheikh has developed into the Red Sea's hottest tourist destination: a fully-equipped resort boasting some of the world's best diving. Mountains, crystal clear waters, luxurious hotels, and miles of desert combine to make Sharm a wonderful year-round destination. Na'ama Bay is home to luxurious five-star hotels, a seaside promenade, and dive schools for every level. Visit the markets, relax on the beach, go diving or sample Sharm's hectic nightlife.

Ras Mohammed Marine National Park

Diving at Ras Mohammed Marine National Park

One of the best dive sites in the world.

Cleo Park

Cleo Park

Enjoy a family day out at the Pharaoh-themed water park.

The Coloured Canyon

The Coloured Canyon

Take a trip through rugged desert landscape to this incredible canyon.

Other things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh offers an impressive array of activities and sights. The main draw for most people is the splendid diving in the region. The reefs of Tiran are home to hordes of multicoloured fish, sharks, and schools of barracudas. RMS Thistlegorm, about five hours off the coast, is a sunken warship that makes for an intriguing dive. If you do not fancy a full-on dive, snorkelling in the shallow waters of one of Sharm's many beaches will give you the opportunity to see all manner of fish. Sun seekers will also find the beaches and bays wonderful for a spot of sunbathing.

A Jeep safari into the desert gives visitors the chance to spend the day with nomadic tribes. Adrenalin junkies might like to try their hand at quad biking or camel riding amongst the dunes, and then head to Tiba to catch the breathtaking desert sunset.

Perhaps one of the region's most spectacular and interesting sights is St Catherine's Monastery. Sitting at the foot Mount Sinai, this Greek Orthodox church dates back as far as the 7th century, and provides breathtaking views of the Sinai Peninsula. It is by no means an easy climb, but there is the option to hire a camel. It is well worth starting the trek early in order to catch the sunrise.

For a spot of retail therapy, tourists looking for local handicrafts will be spoilt for choice, with plenty of gold and silver on offer, as well as handmade bags, slippers and embroidered clothing, and a plethora of market stalls selling Egyptian cotton.

Eating and drinking in Sharm El Sheikh

The numerous hotels in Sharm el Sheikh and restaurants mean that there is something for every taste. There are, of course, many Arabic restaurants, where you can sample some of Egypt's local delicacies, such as foul (fava beans), falafel, houmous, or baba ganoush (mashed aubergine with sesame paste). Most restaurants also serve fresh fish and seafood, and there is a wide selection of Italian and other Western restaurants.

Sharm El Sheikh climate

The climate in Sharm el Sheikh is dry throughout the year. Daily temperatures in the winter months average around 20 degrees Celsius. From April to October, the temperatures and humidity rise; avoid going in August (unless you can take the heat) as temperatures can reach 40 degrees or more. Sandstorm season runs from February to April, with an average of two three-day storms a month.

When to go to Sharm El Sheikh

Due to its warm year-round climate, Sharm el Sheikh is a great destination any time, with a wide range of activities that can be enjoyed whenever you go. During the winter months, it can get quite cold at night.

Flying to Sharm El Sheikh

Flights to Sharm el Sheikh arrive at Sharm el Sheikh International Airport with most major airlines, and many charter flights. There are plenty of car hire firms at the airport, and it is a 20 minute drive to the city centre. Taxis are readily available, and there are minibuses leaving for the city centre once they are full.

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Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh

Car hire in Sharm El Sheikh

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