What are your first thoughts, when you think of Egypt? A dry place, a desert, Cairo and the pyramids? And on top of that you probably would never heard of Sharm El Sheikh.
The simplicity of sun, sea and sand. The luxury of five-star hotels, water sports, shopping and entertainment. This is Sharm el-Sheikh, one of the most accessible and developed tourist resort communities on the Sinai peninsula. All around are Bedouins, colorful tents, mountains and sea. There are small, intimate hotels with modern designs, as well as larger hotel complexes belonging to International chains, plus about all the amenities one could expect of a tourist center, including casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses and health facilities. In fact, with diving and snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and great nearby antiquities attractions, it is almost impossible for a visitor to ever suffer from boredom.
A place which gave the Red Sea an international reputation as one of the world’s most extraordinary diving destinations in Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh is spread over 42 square km with over 40.9% of its area “affected” by tourism. It’s a magnificent place that unveils Egypt’s exotic nights far away from the desert.
Unique resorts are rare and irreplaceable, and Sharm El Sheikh has them both. But other than amazing diving sessions to see the beauty of the depths, the resort charms with its bustling nightlife, luxurious five star hotels, great entertainment and lovely sights for you to see.
Four miles south the southern section of the town stands on a cliff overlooking the port. and is a great view.
Na’ama Beach is one of the center of the tourist activities. Located just north of Sharm, this area is developing into a resort town of its own. Most hotels at Na’ama Bay have their own, private beaches with comfortable amenities such as chairs, shades and even bars.
Shark’s Bay is also nearby, and again is a growing resort community with more and more to offer, along with several diving centers.
The small harbor known as Sharm el-Moiya is located next to the civil harbor, has accommodations for boats, and includes a Yacht Club with rooms.
For those who live to shop, the Sharm El-Sheikh mall provides shops with both foreign and local products, including jewelry, leather goods, clothing, pottery and books.
It has been said that this is a must visit for all diving enthusiasts. There are many diving sites along the 10 mile beach between Sharm el-Sheikh and Ras Nusrani.
Since you definitely won’t be at the beach all day, how about a fantastic boat ride to the beautiful National Park of Ras Mohammed. You’ll get to enjoy some fabulous snorkeling to see the stunning sea life and the amazing corals of the Red Sea. Of course you’ll have to make sure your health is in a solid condition, and another important aspect … go there with a budget in your mind. Egyptians are very good salesmen and they’ll try to sell you as much as possible.
And while you’re there, you may want to spend a moment to view the sun going down over the sea and the desert — the whole spectacle is between 5:00 and 5:30pm. Everything is so breathtaking you can’t resist to stay silent and remember how great Earth can be.
Sharm El Sheikh is also renowned for its nightlife, so why not give it a shot in one of their chic open air clubs, with stunning cocktail bars, outdoor pools and private VIP rooms that come with terraces overlooking the action.
Pearl of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is the most exotic, the most beautiful and the most elegant resort at the Red Sea. A much needed vacation in a place that has so much to give, it’s one of Egypt’s best and shouldn’t be missed while there.
Average temperatures during the winter months (November to March) range from 15 to 35 degrees Celsius (59-95°F) and during the summer months (April to October) from 20 to 45 degrees Celsius (68-113°F). The temperature of the Red Sea in this region ranges from 21 to 28 degrees Celsius (70-84°F) over the course of the year.
Sharm’s marina has been redeveloped for private yachts and sailboats, with a passenger terminal for cruise ships and scheduled ferry service to Hurghada and Aqaba.
Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport in addition to scheduled flights to Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor, Alexandria and 5 weekly flights to London (Gatwick), Sharm’s airport is served by frequent charter flights to Italy, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, among other destinations.
Sharm has frequent good quality coach services to Cairo leaving from the Delta Sharm bus station. There are three companies on the route charging between 70 and 100 LE in 2008 for the 6 hour journey.