Sharm el-Sheikh is a renowned coastal and resort town, found at the
very south of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It’s an incredibly popular
tourist destination, known for its unique diving spots, and you could
make your Sharm el-Sheikh holidays the most memorable trip by snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Tiran Island or choose to indulge in a spot of sight-seeing in-land.
One popular spot that gets tourists off the beaten path is Sharm
Old Town, a great stop on the to-do list which features an exotic
market, full of unique souvenirs and other great products. Though much
of the surroundings are just the desert plains, they may provide some
interest to those looking to see some of the more different sights,
Mount Sinai one such example.
Those interested in the usual tourist activities, visiting bars,
restaurants and shops, will want to visit Na’ama Bay. There are a number
of clubs as well, examples including The Pacha and Little Buddha, and,
as always, the area offers diving and snorkeling opportunities.
Many of the hotels offer unique and fantastic activities for guests
and the Sofitel Hotel houses its own stables, allowing visitors the
chance to go horseback riding through the desert.
The Sinai desert is great for camel trekking as well and this is
something very different and worth a try if visiting the area. Other
activities available include parasailing, quad-bikes, safari rides and
other excursions through the site.
As mentioned, diving is the ultimate activity in the resort and the Red
Sea, always very warm, is beautifully clear. The Tiran reef, again,
already mentioned, is one of the top diving spots in the world, as is
the reef at Ras Mohammed, which always attracts a strong number of fish
due to the volume of plankton in the area.
Other divers may wish to snorkel down to the wreck of the SS
Thistlegorm, considered one of the best wreck dives and a popular stop
on the diving safaris offered by a multitude of diving companies in the
resort area. The Shark and Jolanda reefs, another top diving spot, are famous for their volume of colourful fish as well as another wreck,
the Jolanda, a former Cypriot freighter that sank.