Coastal City of Sharm El Sheikh
- Where is Sharm El
- Best time to visit Sharm El Sheikh
- Diving in Sharm El Sheikh &
Other Water Sports
- Sharm El Sheikh Beach Resorts
- Top-rated Attractions in Sharm El
Mohammed National Park
- Thistlegorm Dive Site
- Sharm El
Sheikh Old Market
- Aqua Blue
- Al Sahaba
- The History of Sharm El
At the southern of the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, the coastal
city of Sharm El Sheikh is the queen, and all year round, thousands of tourists
gather at the beautiful beaches of this lovely resort town. Famously known
among European travelers and Saudi’s in search of a more relaxed atmosphere,
Sharm El Sheik has plenty of activities to keep visitors happy and entertained.
Once a small fishing village and now one of the biggest names in
tourism, Egypt is proud to have transformed Sharm El Sheikh into what the city
has become now - with its tourism booming and its economy flying-high.
Offering a more open and laid back atmosphere than most of
Egypt, tourists feel very much at home while visiting Sharm. Whit the high
volume of Europeans that choose the city as they go to holiday the city has
adapted to the taste of foreigners and the local residents have learned the
customs of their visitors, being able to provide great hospitality and a
friendly environment. It has developed from nothing for the past thirty years
into booming beachfront luxury resort town that offer year-round sun and
Where is Sharm El
It’s located in the area of the Gulf of Aqaba across the coast
of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea, Egypt.
Organized on a single main road between the gorgeous waters of
the Red Sea while surrounded by mountains behind, this resort area offers
countless accommodation options, cafes, restaurants, bars, and some of the
liveliest nightlife in Egypt.
Best time to visit
Sharm El Sheikh
The best time to visit Sharm will probably depend on how you
handle the hot weather. For swimming and diving, the best months are March,
April, May and from October to mid-November. The summer there can be quite hot
and while the sea is pleasantly warm and you can enjoy long dives, it can be
difficult to sunbathe and go outdoors during the days, especially in
Diving in Sharm El
Sheikh and Other Water Sports
Sharm El Sheik is located near some of the most incredible
diving locations and every hotel in the area offers and organizes scuba diving
and snorkeling trips. For those who are new to the diving experience, diving
introduction courses are available to get people started. For those who are
experienced divers, scuba diving is available and the Red Sea life is sure to
Located just a few miles offshore from Sharm, the Ras Mohammed
National Park is one of the best diving spots in the world, with its coral
reefs of fringing and hermatypic types, over 220 species of coral can be found,
125 of them being soft coral. The coral reefs can be found around 50 to 100 cm
below the sea surface with a 30 to 50 meters width in some places although they
can range up to 9 km wide. Also at the Ras Mohammed National Park, you can find
Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef, two popular spots for coral reefs making these
places some of the diver’s favorite spots.
The Egyptian Government has created environmental laws to control
the number of boats allowed into the park each day, so that the environment is
undisturbed and the water does not get too crowded. Every marine species of the
Red Sea sea-life can be found at the Ras Mohammed National Park making this
diving spot a must-visit to any diver out there. Other popular diving sites
around this area are South Bereika, Old Quay, Marsa Ghozlani, and Shark
Sharm and Naama Bay also offer a wide array of other activities
from sailing to windsurfing and glass-bottom boat trips for those who want to
see the wildlife on the reefs without getting in the water. This activity is a
favorite among families traveling with young children while visiting Sharm.
Kitesurfing and windsurfing are also a popular local attraction
as the wind conditions around the area are perfect for these sports. The best
place for beginners is the Regency Plaza Resort or the Sea Beach, the absence
of corals and rocks makes it a perfect place to start, but wind conditions are
lower. The ultimate and favorite spot in Sharm for experienced kite-surfers or
windsurfers is the Lagoon of Nabq which is located in a nature reserve area
just north of Sharm.
Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm offers some of the best beachfront styles hotel resorts
out there. From 5-star resort hotels to more budgeting accommodations, Sharm is
perfect for those who love and enjoy relaxing by the beach within all-inclusive
holidays in hotels.
Most luxury hotels offer a private beach within the hotel
property. They also offer spas, great restaurants, and a wide range of
activities for couples families and solo travelers.
Watching the sunset from their sunbeds is a favorite activity
among tourists, so every day around sunset time, people gather at the beach to
watch a spectacular show of nature.
Attractions in Sharm El Sheikh and Places to Visit
Sharm El Sheikh is a great place for a beach break after
exploring the temples and tombs in the rest of Egypt whether in Cairo or Luxor
and Aswan. Sharm remains the top spot in Sinai with many attractions to see,
places to visit, and beaches to chill on.
1. Ras Mohammed
World-famous coral reefs, wreck diving, fantastic snorkeling,
and a rich array of marine life are all there to wander at and experience at
Ras Mohammed National Park. Ras Mohammed National Park is what actually put
Sharm el-Sheikh on the famous touristic map. It’s surrounded by some of the
world's most incredible dive sites, houses glorious beaches with excellent
snorkeling just offshore, is considered the world's second most northerly
mangrove forest, and has an amazing saltwater lake. A trip there is a must-do
for anyone in Sharm el-Sheikh. The best beaches are Old Quay Beach and Aqaba
2. Thistlegorm Dive
For diving lovers, Sharm El Sheikh means diving at Thistlegorm.
Thistlegorm is one of the top wreck dives in the world. It was packed full of
cargo to resupply the British troops, but was sunk during World War II by the
Germans. The wreck is located in Straits of Gubal, off the western coast of
3. Na’ama Bay
The epicenter of Sharm El Sheikh’s resort life, Na’ama Bay is
fringed by white-sand beach and swaying palm trees. The natural bay is
considered as the main hub for tourists in the city. It’s famous for its cafes,
restaurants, luxurious hotels, and bazaars. If you are looking for a fun,
relaxed day on the beach, sunbathing, then Naama Bay is what you’re looking
4. St. Catherine's
Take a day trip from Sharm El Sheikh and visit Sinai’s top
historical destinations, St. Catherine's Monastery. It sits at the foot of
Mount Sinai. It’s considered one of the oldest working monasteries in the world
and is home to the famous burning bush of the Old Testament.
5. Mount Sinai
Sinai’s mountainous heart is a raw of beauty. Take a day trip
and hike up to the summit of Mount Sinai and marvel at the incredible sunrise
from the summit and see an expanse of orange-hued peaks. Revered by all three
of the monotheistic faiths as the place where Moses received the 10
Commandments, there are two main trails up to the top of the summit: the Camel
Trail or the Steps of Repentance. Combined with a visit to St. Catherine's
Monastery, most travelers climb the mountain before dawn, arriving in time to
catch the sight of the sun rising over the desert.
6. Sharm El Sheikh
Also known as Sharm Al-Maya, Sharm Old Market is the town’s
bazaar (a.k.a. souq) area. You will find in abundance twinkling Arabic lamps,
finely engraved woodwork, traditional shisha pipes, and of course, it’s mostly
famous for its herbs and spices. The market is different from the rest of
Sharm; it is surrounded by a local atmosphere.
7. Colored Canyon
177 Km north of Sharm El Sheikh lies one of Sinai’s top out of
the water natural attraction, the Colored Canyon. These swirling mineral-rich
layered rock formations are a showcase of the natural beauty of the desert. For
natural lovers, a day trip from Sharm to Colored Canyon is a once in a lifetime
opportunity of wandering at nature as you scramble around the rocks and do some
8. Aqua Blue Water
If you are visiting Egypt with the little ones, spending a day
at Aqua Blue Water Park is going to be a treat and tones of fun. With 44 water
slides, games, and pools, this water paradise guarantees a fun-packed day for
9. Dolphina Park
Dolphina Park is the only dolphinarium in South Sinai. Located
in Sharm el Sheik, Dolphina Park houses a pod of dolphins in its state-of-the-art
facilities. Experience the magical dolphin show and admire these wonderful
mammals while playing, swimming, and showing off their highly choreographed
10. Al Sahaba
Al Sahaba Mosque fuses Fatimid, Mamluk, and Ottoman style
elements into its architecture and interior design. Designed by Fouad Tawfik,
the mosque has two minarets that are 70-meter high, which makes it the second
biggest in Sharm El Sheikh. This mosque is considered Sharm's most spectacular
piece of architecture.
You cannot come to Sharm El Sheikh and leave without having at
least once a night of stargazing. Spend a fascinating evening of
entertainment and fun for all ages. Heading out to the desert, you will
experience the real traditional Bedouin hospitality. It starts with an Egyptian
feast and when the sun completely sets, you will get to gaze into the clear
night sky, straight up at the Milky Way.
The History of
Sharm El Sheikh
The strategic location of Sharm El Sheikh helped transform the
once small fishing village into a major port of the Egyptian Navy. Sharm was
once occupied by Israel in 1956 during the Suez Crisis, but Egypt gained it
back in 1957. The United Nations stationed a peacemaking force there until 1967
when the Six-Day War took place and Sharm was recaptured by Israel. Sharm El
Sheikh remained in Israeli possession until the Egypt- Israeli Peace treaty in
Until 1967, Sharm was no bigger than a small fishing village.
After the construction of the town of Ofira by Israel, commercial development
started to happen in the area attracting tourism and capital investment. A
hotel was built on the southern side of the bay, a nature field school was
built on the northern side, diving clubs, and also the famous Naama Bay Hotel.
After the regain of the Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian Government
started initiatives to develop the city of Sharm in order to transform it into
a tourist destination, which it worked and Sharm is now one of the most famous
destinations for foreigners visiting Egypt.
Since its big development, Sharm El Sheikh has hosted a number
of Middle Eastern peace conferences which includes the 4 of September 1999
agreement the Palestinian self-rule over the Gaza strip and a number of other
worldwide business conferences.
Enjoy a beach break
at the fascinating city of Sharm El Sheikh after roaming through the history of
Egypt through one of our Egypt tour packages !
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