When most Americans think of Egypt, they normally think of the pyramids, the Sphinx, and the proverbial sands of time. But if one asked others (like Russians), they would also think of the beautiful resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Sharm El Sheikh is one of the things that people traveling to Egypt should plan their trip to.
Sharm el-Sheikh is a small Egyptian resort town located in the Sinai Peninsula on the Red Sea. It is a holiday resort and an important tourist center in the country. It is also an important place for diplomatic meanings and international peace conferences.
About Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh overlooks the Straits of Tiran in the Gulf of Aqaba at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. It has transformed dramatically over the years, starting as a fishing village, before becoming a major port and naval base for the Egyptian Navy.
- Bedouin village: In the past, Sharm El Sheikh was a small Bedouin village
- Visa: EU and US nationals do not need a visa to visit Sharm El Sheikh if ââvisiting for 14 days or less (will need a visa on arrival to visit other areas)
In 1967, the Israelis took control of it until they returned it to Egypt in 1982. In 1982, the Egyptian president designated it as the “City of Peace”. Today it is one of the premier seaside destinations in the Middle East.
- Sense: Sharm El Sheikh means “Sheikh’s Bay”
The weather here is wonderful. It has a dry climate with long hot summers and warm winters. It has long, pristine beaches, and the waters are clear and calm for most of the year.
- Famous for: Great weather, pristine beaches and clear waters
Visiting Sharm El Sheik can also be part of a larger Egyptian tour. One should not visit Egypt and not visit the many other ancient attractions of Egypt like the iconic pyramids of Giza.
It’s not just a seaside resort where you go to the beach and that’s it. There is a vibrant nightlife in Sharm El Sheikh, there are golf courses, wildlife viewing, desert tours, and plenty of coral reefs to explore. It is very popular with a range of water sports including scuba diving and snorkeling.
During your stay, explore some of the best dive sites in the world and enjoy a vacation that can be either a relaxing getaway or a fun adventure.
Top attractions nearby
Ras Mohammed National Park: Located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed National Park is arguably the most beautiful park in the country and is an internationally renowned diving area. We will see coral reefs teeming with life of various species and radiating a kaleidoscope of colors.
- Most popular reefs: Yolanda and the shark reefs
Saint Catherine’s Monastery: Important Bible events are taking place in the Sinai Peninsula (including Buring Bush, Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments, and the Wanderings in the Wilderness). Saint Catherine’s Monastery is one of the oldest active monasteries in the world and continues to exist today. It is also known as the holy monastery of Mount Sinai, trodden down by God.
- Ten Commandments: The monastery is on the supposed site of the Ten Commandments story
- Library: The monastery has one of the largest ancient libraries in the world
The monastery stands next to the top where Moses is said to have received the famous Ten Commandments. The monastery also has an extensive library of many ancient manuscripts. According to Kayak.com, its library is right behind that of the Vatican.
Tiran Island: For the ultimate day trip, consider heading to the Straits of Tiran which separates Egypt from Saudi Arabia and visit Tiran Island. The island is a scuba diving paradise and the boat ride itself is worth a visit.
Pristine beaches and crystal clear waters welcome visitors. Beneath the waves awaits the well-preserved Jackson Reef and its vibrant ecosystem with manta rays, barracudas and more.
Sinai Peninsula Tours
Tours of the Sinai Peninsula can easily be booked from Sharm El Sheikh. Here is an example of a desert tour.
Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery: Mount Sinai plays a very important role in the stories of the Bible. It takes about three hours to get to Mount Sinai from Sharm El Sheikh. On this tour, we will climb the mountain at night to see the sunrise at the top, arrive at Moses Mountain at 2:00 am and descend at 7:00 am. Then, descend to visit the Saint Catherine Monastery.
- Duration: About 15 hours
- Type: Private visit
- Cost: One person $ 285.00 with six people $ 55.00 per person
- Works: Every day except Sunday
- Included: Pick-up and drop-off, Bedouin guide, breakfast in Sainte-Catherine, entrance fees to Sainte-Catherine National Park
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