Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh is fast becoming the go-to tourist destination for beach and adventure holidays. Read more.
Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh is fast becoming the go-to tourist destination for beach and adventure holidays. Situated on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, it is particularly popular amongst divers, who visit the resort town in droves, seeking out the year-round warm waters and amazing coral reefs. Along with the plethora of watersports and beach activities available, the nightlife is second to none and the accommodation is first class.
Sand, Sea and Spas
Scuba diving and snorkelling in the waters off Sharm El Sheikh are a must, with day and night dives possible at a number of shipwrecks including the Ulysses, the Barge at Bluff Point, the SS Thistlegorm and Agia Varvara. The Ras Mohammed protected marine park, is world-famous, with a plethora of top notch diving locations. Diving safaris are available, allowing smarter divers to avoid the crowds and dive stunning reefs beyond the scope of general daytripping boats. Other water-based fun on offer includes sailing, canoeing, wind and kite surfing. For the daring, skydiving or parachuting from a helicopter are also favourite activities. Once you’re done with the beach, head into the nearby Sinai desert for a guided safari by camel, quad bike or jeep, and discover sights such as the beautiful St Catherine’s Monastery and the majestic Sinai Mountains.
Sharm El Sheikh boasts some of Egypt’s most well-known Spas and retreats, perfect for a relaxing getaway and some personal pampering. In fact, many visitors indulge in a high end spa treatment at one of the luxury hotels or wellness centres before hitting the town. When it comes to nightlife, Sharm El Sheikh leaves nothing to be desired. Dance, eat or drink the night away in one or all of the impressive bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Na’ama Bay then enjoy the sunrise along the beautiful waterfront promenade and get focused with a morning yoga class.
Arrive by air or sea
The marina in Sharm El Sheikh was redesigned for private yachts and sailboats, with an additional passenger terminal for cruise ships and the ferry service to Hurghada and Aqaba. Arriving by water is a truly magical experience. If this isn’t an option, the Sharm El Sheikh international airport services flights to and from Cairo, Hughada, Luxor and Alexandria. Frequent coach trips to and from Cairo provide a convenient means of travel. Taxi fares to the airport are notoriously overpriced, so use an airport Limo with a fixed advertised price where possible. Within the city limits, modern taxis are readily available, however most are unmetered, so negotiate a fixed price prior to your journey. A micro bus fleet ferries passengers around the region and is generally more economical than taxis. For groups, hiring a private minibus is a relatively cheap and flexible alternative.