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Sharm el-Sheikh

This Egyptian city is not just a renowned diving paradise, it also has plenty of cultural gems to explore.

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Top things to do 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!

  • Pharaoh's Island

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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?

Frequently asked questions about Sharm el-Sheikh

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 862 reviews

I had the best day ever! The tour guide was very friendly and kind. The operating tour communicated with me giving clear & important information for the tour. The price is fantastic too because they pick you up from your hotel & and take you to Cairo museum, then to boat trip in the River Nile then free lunch & then final trip to see the pyramids. Then finally they take you back to your hotel. The bus drivers and all the tour guides are very friendly and kind.

Pick up on time, very friendly staff, buggy was in good condition, the camel ride is a bit short but i didn't mind. The show was nice and the food was good. The wc at the show place in the desert can be improved. I must say that the contact from the agency was extremely efficient and we thanks him for the organisation.

Very Professional staff... the tour guide Ahmed was amazing... even the driver was very kind, helpful and attentive. I feel safe from start to end of the program... worth it! Earl Solo traveler

Such a lovely experience it felt like we were doing so much. Tamir was lovely he took care of us well. We would defo recommend this to our family and friends. Thank you :)

What a fun experience. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was great. Highly recommend.