Sharm El Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt’s South Sinai Governorate, the most popular tourist destinations in the Arab world, and one of the finest diving spots in the world. But that’s not everything. Situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, between the exquisite marine life in the Red Sea and the memorable desert experience and trips, a few miles away from Dahab and Nuweiba cities, and within a close distance to Saint Catherine and Mount Sinai religious mountainous interior; the “City of Peace” features greatness in its unmatched touristic destinations.
Sharm Elsheikh has a subtropical arid climate, warm and dry in general, with a little bit of humidity in the summer. Temperatures range from 18 to 23 °C (64 to 73 °F) in January and 33 to 37 °C (91 to 99 °F) in August. The water temperature of the Red Sea ranges from 21 to 28 °C (70 to 82 °F).
This great climate makes it a perfect destination during the freezing winter months, and during the summer as well.
- Naama Bay
A natural bay located in the heart of the city, on the crossroads between Asia and Africa. It’s considered the main hub for tourists; famous for its cafes, restaurants, and bazaars.
Naama Bay offers various options for watching the coral reefs in glass boats, diving, snorkeling, and water skiing.
- Shark’s Bay
One of the places that features outstanding scenery and high-end international resorts. The myth says that the bay was called Shark’s, because sharks used to live in this bay decades ago.
- Ras Muhammed National Park
Ras Muhammed is a national park at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba.
This outstanding destination is under protection from fishing, human activities, and urban sprawl. The area features more than 220 species of coral reefs, including the fringing, hermatypic, shark, and Yolanda types. Ras Muhammed also features more than 1000 species of fish, 40 species of star fish, 25 species of sea urchins, more than a 100 species of mollusc and 150 species of crustaceans. Among others, sea turtles. Everything in this magnificent location adds up to make it a perfect destination for divers from all over the world.
- Nabq Protected Area
Nabq is a 600 KM2 protected area located in the Sinai Peninsula, 35 kilometers away from Sharm ElSheikh. The area was established in 1992, it features 440 KM on land (mountainous and deserted areas) along with 160 KM within the water table.
In the water, the area hosts 208 species of hard coral, and it’s the home for 438 fish species and marine invertebrates.
There are more than 20 globally threatened species known in Nabq. The most significant species are marine turtles, sharks, dugong, osprey (Pandion haliaetus), white-eyed gull (Larus leucophthalmus), dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas), and Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana).
Ghara’ana (Sunken) is a touristic destination within the domain of Nabq, which hosts more than 3 million tourists for diving, watching the coral reefs, and enjoying the rare colorful fish.
- Mount Sinai
Also known as Mount Horeb or Gabal Musa. The biblical Mount Sinai was the place where Prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments. The holy mountain was mentioned in the Book of Exodus, the Bible, and Quran; giving it a great religious significance as one of the most important sacred places in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions.
The mountain is has an elevation of 2,285 meters. There are two routes to the summit; Siket El Bashait is the longer and shallower route that takes about 2,5 hours on foot, and Siket Sayidna Mousa is the steeper and more direct route to the top.
The summit features “Moses Cave” where he waited to receive the Ten Commandments, a mosque, and a Greek Orthodox chapel constructed in 1934 on the ruins of a 16th-century church.
- Saint Catherine’s Monastery
The monastery lies at an elevation of 1,550 meters up Mount Sinai. It is Greek Orthodox and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The monastery (built between 548 and 565) is considered the oldest working Christian monastery in the world, and it contains the world’s oldest continually operating library, possessing many unique books.
Dahab is a town located 85 kilometers north of Sharm Elsheikh. Dahab is considered a relaxation hotspot that offers a wide range of water sports. Safari and desert experiences are unmatched, and accommodation in huts overlooking the sea is available at reasonable rates across the place.
Diverse marine life and hundreds of Red Sea coral reef sites make Sharm El Sheikh a magnet for divers. The reefs in Ras Muhammed is known as one the best diving spots in the world, it can be reached by boat from Sharm within two hours.
The Sinai desert is outstanding and varied. You can explore the magnificent landscapes by Jeeps, camels, or quad-bikes. Safari adventures in Sinai offers a wide range of extraordinary scenery and religious sights (Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai).
Sharm Elsheikh features Ghibli Raceway, a circuit built to the standards set by the “Commission Internationale de Karting” (CIK-FIA) and the “Federation Internationale d’Automobile” (FIA). The Raceway is one of only four homologated tracks in the world with a “Grade A licence”. And there’s no more witness to its success than hosting the prestigious Rotax Max Challenge World Finals in 2004.
Sharm Elsheikh is famous for parasailing, one of the most fun and enjoyable activities available all around the city. International and local tourists can enjoy an exquisite 5-minutes rides in pretty much every available hotel and resort in the city.
- Camel Trekking
There’s no better place to enjoy riding camels, than the desert of Sinai. Tourists can enjoy an outstanding tour in into the desert and between the mountains and plains, then enjoy watching the desert stars at midnight after having a homemade meal cooked by the Bedouins themselves.
Playing golf can be a very hard-to-achieve goal in winter. Yet, in a city where the sunny summer weather is available around the year, it became a very possible and achievable goal. Playing golf in winter while enjoying the extended greenery landscapes and the unmatched weather, is a privilege that is only found in Sharm Elsheikh.