The Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh is renowned for its sheltered beaches, crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs. This charming oasis rests between the sands of the Sinai Peninsula desert and the warm waters of the Red Sea.
Things to do in Sharm el-Sheikh
The most famous national park in Egypt, Ras Muhammad National Park is also one of the world’s premier diving spots. Beneath the aquamarine waters of the Red Sea, divers can swim with dolphins, explore the wreckage of the SS Thistlegor and tour underwater caves. Home to more than a thousand species of fish, Ras Muhammad is a treasure trove of aquatic delights.
Stroll through Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh’s central hub. Featuring cafes, clubs and waterfront restaurants, Naama Bay also connects to Old Town, where you can spend an afternoon wandering through the Old Market. This historic bazaar not only includes stalls brimming with aromatic spices and beautiful jewellery, but also has snake charmers, belly dancers and magicians.
Move away from the ocean and you’ll encounter Mount Sinai, thought to be the location where Moses received the Ten Commandments. A popular pilgrimage destination, the mountain is equipped with guesthouses and camping sites and offers phenomenal views of Egypt from its peak.
Stop in at Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai. It’s the oldest continually inhabited Christian convent in the world and the resting place of the holy relics of Saint Catherine.
Getting around Sharm el-Sheikh
Fly into Sharm el-Sheikh Airport via Cairo or charter a boat or bus and travel along the coast. Sharm el-Sheik is walkable, but taxis are the primary form of transportation within the city. You can rent a private minibus for larger groups.