Thanks to its growing reputation as a diving resort, Sharm-el-Sheikh has boomed in popularity in recent years. Its also a great base for exploring Egypt.
The bustling City of Peace next to the Red Sea
Just 40 years ago, Sharm-el-Sheikh was a fishing village with a population of 100. Today, its one of the most popular destinations in the Arab world, famous for its perfect snorkelling and diving conditions. The coast lines the Red Sea, which has waters warm enough to go for a relaxing swim. Its also easy to head out and see the pyramids and Sphinxes from the town.
Around 9,000 Brits visit the town every day, so theres no need to worry about language barriers or culture shock. There are also familiar food and drink chains alongside local restaurants with some more traditional items on the menu.
Top 5 Egyptian activities
Sharm-el-Sheikh is a popular destination for holidaymakers who want to try some unique tour packages. Here are just a few of the excursions you can book:
- Ride a quad bike across the Egyptian desert
- Go on safari - on the back of a camel
- Hop on the bus to nearby Naama Bay
- Appreciate the architecture of St. Catherines Monastery
- Climb to the top of Mount Sinai and take in the view
Top 5 things to see under the sea
As diving is the main attraction in Sharm-el-Sheikh, many of the areas best sights can be found underwater. These are just a few of the things you can do in a diving suit:
- Explore the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm
- Let a guide take you on a diving safari
- Swim in a world of colour in Tiran coral reef
- See 40 species of starfish at Ras Mohammed National Park
- Dive into the famous Blue Hole submarine sinkhole near Dahab