Picture a dream resort town, surrounded by desert, mountains and sea, where the crystal clear water is always warm and teeming with exotic marine life, where Bedouins pitch colourful tents against the barren desert landscapes and where camels get to stretch their legs on the beach. This is Sharm el Sheikh. It’s located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and is one of the world’s most extraordinary diving destinations. Anybody looking for a heady mix of sandy beaches, romantic desert landscapes, clear azure water and blazing sunshine? Sharm el Sheik holidays are calling.
Spend Your Days in the Water…
If you’ve come to Sharm el Sheikh for the water sport you won’t be disappointed. There are an endless variety of water sports on offer, from windsurfing, water skiing and kitesurfing, to parasailing, kayaking and boating.
The main activity in Sharm el Sheikh is of course scuba diving. The warm Red Sea waters, striking coral and tropical fish create a magnificent underwater world full of colour. It’s a scuba diving and snorkelling paradise!
The reefs of Tiran and Ras Mohammed are renowned as two of the world’s best scuba diving spots, and the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm is one of the world’s best wreck dives. The down side to these amazing diving spots is that they can get very crowded. If you don’t want to deal with dozens of other divers it’s a good idea to book a dive safari so that you can dive in the beautiful reefs beyond the reach of day-tripping boats.
…Or Explore on Dry Land
When you’ve had your fill of snorkelling and scuba diving there are lots of beautiful spots to explore in and around Sharm el Sheikh.
Na’ama Bay is a well-developed seafront that has a lovely tree-lined paved promenade and dozens of shops, restaurants, bars and ‘Sheesha’ cafes. It’s the place to be in the evenings. You can shop at traditional markets selling gold, perfume, leather goods and Egyptian cotton, or at contemporary fashion boutiques, before sitting down for a meal at Terrazzina beach. The picturesque natural harbour of Sharm el Maya is the ideal place to lounge under the shade of a palm tree and plan your activities for the following day.
There are plenty of Sharm el Sheikh excursions to keep you busy. Enjoy a visit to Ras Mohammed National Protected Park, or a camel ride and Bedouin dinner in the Sinai desert. Desert Safari companies offer fantastic day trips that allow you to explore the beauty of Mount Sinai and the extraordinary colours and shapes of the rocks at Coloured Canyon.
When you return from a busy day exploring the Sinai Peninsula, you can enjoy some pampering at Oriental Spa & Hammam (a Turkish bath).
Something Out of the Ordinary
If you’re looking for an unusual holiday experience and are feeling brave then something that you simply cannot miss is a fish pedicure at Fish Cure Spa. You’ll get to experience the amazing and rather ticklish experience of 300 Garra Rufa nibbling the dead skin off your feet. Sounds unappealing? The spa is actually very hygienic and well run, and when you feel how soft and smooth your feet are afterwards you’ll think the strange experience was well worth it. You’ll find Fish Cure Spa in Old Market, on the west side of Tiran Mall just opposite the ‘City Centre’ sign.
Whether you choose to spend every day snorkelling or scuba diving in the clear water, or exploring the desert landscape, Sharm El Sheikh is one of the finest places to enjoy the best sunshine, sea, desert, and Egyptian hospitality.