Sharm has become one of the top global destinations for snorkelers and divers thanks to its beautiful and diverse sea life, and its sandy beaches have become very popular with holidaymakers. Naama Bay is by far the most popular of them, and its long, sandy beach is a favourite among swimmers and sun bathers. It is buzzing with life thanks to its many restaurants and shops. Come here to try out the Bungee catapult or take up horse riding sessions. If you prefer it more quiet, spend a day at Nabq Bay, which is situated outside of the main tourist area, or spend a day on Sharks’ Bay, about a 20 minute taxi ride from Naama Bay. Ras Um Sid, located west of Naama, is great for snorkelling. Situated about five minutes’ drive from Sharm, it is famous for its stunning coral reefs and boasts an impressive cliff. If you are interested in diving, Sharm El-Maya should be your point of reference. The bay, located near Sharm’s Old Town area, is home to a number of diving centres that will show you the best waters in Sharm. When picking a diving school, however, make sure the school has been accredited by a professional diving association.
According to Christian belief, it was on Mount Sinai that Moses received the Ten Commandments, making it a popular spot for pilgrims from across the world. The mountain, also called Mount Moses, is more than 2,200 metres high and can be ascended via the Path of Moses, a stairway of nearly 4,000 steps, or by a second path east of the St. Catherine Monastery. Once you have reached the peak where the Chapel of the Holy Trinity lies, enjoy the breath-taking views of the Sinai Desert.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Sinai, the monastery was built for Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565 AD. It later took the name of St. Catherine of Alexandria, whose remains are buried there. Today, the monastery houses a priceless collection of art pieces including religious ornaments, beautiful mosaics and a vast collection of illuminated manuscripts.
This stunning national park lies some 30 kilometres south of Sharm El-Sheikh, at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Spread over 480 square kilometres, this desert terrain is home to a number of exotic mammal species, birds and reptiles. Make sure you do not miss the colourful coral reefs.
The Old Town of Sharm was developed as recently as the 1960’s. As it is not part of the region’s major tourist areas, this is where many of the locals live, and it will give you a feeling of Egyptian culture. Its Old Market is popular with bargain hunters, as goods here are generally cheaper than in the tourist centres such as Naama Bay. The beach here is rather small, but still worth a visit.
This bar has a strong nautical theme, with fishnets and compasses decorating the walls. It is particularly popular with foreign visitors thanks to the large selection of imported draught beers from Ireland, Germany, and Scotland. Find it next to the reception of the Hilton Fayrouz Resort.
Pacha Nightclub is arguably the most well-known club in Sharm El-Sheikh, and a big one too. This is a great place to chill-out with a cool beer at the pool party bar, play in the foam zone or get your groove on at the dance floor. If it gets too hot, cool down in the on-site swimming pool.
The Sharm El Sheikh International Airport is located about 18 kilometers from the city. To get to the city you can either go by bus, taxi or car. There are regular bus services and the journey takes about 15 minutes. The taxi ranks can be found next to Terminal 1. Some hotels also offer bus transfers, as do tour operators.