Top attractions in Sharm el-Sheikh
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!
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 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
- LanguageModern Standard Arabic
- CurrencyEgyptian Pound EGP (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+20
- Best time to visitIf 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
It was a great experience! The guides were great and helpful. The trip and the walk at night were not exhausting. The stars, the sunrise at the top of the holy mountain were amazing! The walk back in the early morning and the visit of the holy monastery were great ! I would spend much more time in the monastery if it would be possible. The trip back was also fine. It would be great to spend more time at this holy place !
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 !
We will definitely be doing this activity again in our next trip to sharm el sheikh! We had a great time
Agma who was our tour guide was so very nice and he was always keeping an eye for us. In fact, when we were in the middle of the Red Sea, snorkeling, I was concerned for my youngest 14 year old daughter and I would come out of the water often to ensure that she was fine. He will always had his eyes on her and tell me, don't worry, I am making sure everyone is ok. Often, I saw him counting that all 6 members of my family were somewhere in the vast ocean. Love this tour because my husband try to do scuba diving a few years back in Colombia and he couldn't get down at all because his ears hurt him so much. He was not planning to go down in the water, just be there for us. We finally convinced him to go down and he had the experience of his life. The way that Agma did it by allowing us to go down little by little was so very helpful and my husband now wants to get certification because he loved it so much. The beauty of the Red Sea is without description. You have to be there!!!
Hussaim was such a kind guide. He ensure that everyone was safe and even walk slow when needed. He never pushed us if we were tired. He gave us enough water and toilet breaks. He even hold my back pack so that it was easier for me. He allowed me to hold his arm half way going up when my legs were ready to give up going the 750 steps. He was concerned for all 14 people in the group and always waited for those that needed the most help. If anyone meets Hussaim, please give him an iPhone charger so that he can communicate with his mother while he is at the Mt. Sinai doing tours. His phone dies often. He lives in a small village and don't have it. The actual hike was so beautiful, the sky was full of starts, the sunrise was one of the most beautiful that I have seen around the world and I have traveled a lot and the visits to the monasteries were very incredible, specially the oldest Christian church in the world, Moses' well and burning bush. It really was an inspiring tour!!!