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Sharm – as it's known locally – has become one of Egypt's leading tourist destinations thanks to its luxurious resorts, gorgeous beaches, and bounty of sightseeing attractions. Here's what to see and do on the sunny tip of the Sinai peninsula!

Pharaoh's Island

Pharaoh's Island

Also known as Coral Island, the area's outstanding natural beauty is complemented by its 12th-century citadel. See it by booking a boat tour!

Nabq Protected Area

Nabq Protected Area

Nabq is Sinai's scenic treasure trove! Visitors shouldn't miss taking a wildlife safari, diving among shipwrecks, or discovering the local Bedouin culture and hospitality.

Naama Bay

Naama Bay

The resort district's stunning natural bay boasts some of the city's most popular cafés, restaurants, and bazaars. It's the place to go for tourist-friendly entertainment!

Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai

The mountain is where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, and the breathtaking views are certainly a religious experience! Be warned: it's 4,000 steps to the top!

Saint Catherine's Monastery

Saint Catherine's Monastery

For sightseers who don't fancy the three-hour climp up Mount Sinai, one of the world's oldest Christian monasteries lies right at its feet. It was built 1,500 years ago!

Ras Muhammad National Park

Ras Muhammad National Park

At the tip of the peninsula is one of Sharm el-Sheikh's best snorkelling spots! The coastal national park is home to thousands of species, including crustaceans and turtles!

Red Sea Riviera

Red Sea Riviera

As well as Ras Muhammad, the resort-rich riviera is home to several protected areas. Why not learn to scuba-dive around its reefs, or simply enjoy the archaeological treasures?

Planning Your Sharm el-Sheikh Visit

Where is it?

Sharm el-Sheikh is a former fishing port located at the southernmost tip of Egypt's Sinai peninsula. In the 1990's, strict environmental laws were introduced to protect the coastal environment from unsustainable fishing methods, and the city has since found its feet as a major hub of tourism.

Best time to visit?

The best time to go to Sharm el-Sheikh depends on how you handle hot weather. July and August regularly see temperatures in the mid-40s. November and December see a more merciful climate, although sightseers should note that the days begin to darken around 6:00PM. If you don't mind the crowds, then Sharm is a great place to spend a sunny Christmas and New Year!

Good to know

  • Language
    Modern Standard Arabic
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +20
  • Best time to visit
    If you enjoy very hot weather, then summer is the best time to visit! If you appreciate a milder climate, then head to Sharm in November or December.

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What people are saying about Sharm el-Sheikh

The best guide ever! His name is Mahmoud MOSTAFA

i booked a tour for my sister Cristina and her friends with MAHMOUD and she loved it from a to z he speaks great english and she was soo impresed by him. He explained all soo well and was very friendly and helpful. He is a very inteligent man and kind. She praised him for hours. So thank you mahmoud for making my sister have a fabulous experience at the piramids. You are awsoommmeeee !

From Sharm El Sheikh: Cairo Full Day Tour Reviewed by Mirela, 07/04/2018

Excellent trip with excellent tour guide!

The Blue Hole of Dahab on Egypt's Red Sea is very famous spot for diving & snorkeling. Some call it the diver's cemetery because it is a very dangerous spot for those who don't take it seriously. Take this opportunity and visit this place! Trip is well organized and beautiful!

Wonderful view of red sea, i recommended trip. They are on time.

Wonderful submarine, they are on time and friendly. Red sea submarine experience is so beatiful. I recommend the trip. Fyi: This trip does not contain mineral water.

Sharm el-Sheikh: Panoramic Submarine Adventure Reviewed by tuğçe, 27/03/2017

Amazing experience - highly recommend. Fantastic guide made the trip.

Very tiring but worth it. We had a great guide, Soloman, who kept us motivated throughout the climb and he was very knowledgeable. The views from the top at sunrise were breathtaking. A very memorable experience.

Good experience, we saw the essence of egyptian tourist attractions

We had a good day. Our guide was named Mahmoud and he was very friendly and efficiant, he definitely knew how to give os the best experience. I can recommend Mahmoud and definitely the fact that we had a driver, I wouldn't recommend anyone to navigate through Cairo-traffic by them selves. The only negative things I can say is that there was a problem with the pick-up from my hotel, the driver in Sharm El Sheik And the people from the companys hotline did not know english, so it was almost impossible to communicate with them (unless you have an arabic friend). And also, be prepared to spend a lot of money, you will be shown a lot of amazing things, but you are also expected to use your money and buy something almost everywhere. And lastly, a little more knowledge about the egyptian mythology and history would be nice (wich you would expect from the description saying that your guide was an egyptologist). All in all a good experience, I can recommend it. All

From Sharm El Sheikh: Cairo Full Day Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 11/11/2018