Sharm El-Sheikh is one of Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations - and with good reason. Incredible diving, beaches, deserts, and awe-inspiring ancient monuments make a trip to Sharm El-Sheikh much more than your average day at the beach. Click “Next” to see 10-reasons why you need to visit.
1. The Weather
You don’t have to worry about rain on your holiday to Sharm El-Sheikh. The city has a typically warm, dry, climate, though it can get a little humid in the summer months. Occasional cold snaps may affect the region during the winter months, but it’s still warmer than our frosty Northeastern weather.
2. The National Park
A total contrast to life on the resort, Nabq National Park offers nearly deserted beaches, and beautiful mangroves. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, spending the day here can give you the break that you need.
3. The Night Life
With plenty of clubs, cafes, restaurants, and shops, Na’ama Bay is known for its vibrant nightlife. After relaxing on the beach, you’ll no doubt be ready to dance the night away - and there are lots of bars to choose from!
4. The Monastery
A UNESCO World Heritage site at the base of Mount Sinai, St. Catherine’s Monastery is one of the world’s oldest Christian monasteries that is still functioning today. Built in the sixth century to surround the place where Moses saw the Burning Bush, St. Catherine’s Monastery contains a living bush that’s said to be the original. It also has the largest collection of manuscripts and codices outside of the Vatican.
5. Mount Sinai
Said to be the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, Mount Sinai is a popular pilgrimage site, and is also home to the Monastery of St. Catherine. If you’re hoping to climb Mount Sinai, a local guide is required, though the trails are well signed. Choose to reach the summit by making a 2.5-hour winding trek to the top using Camel Path, or take the Steps of Penitence, a more direct (yet more challenging) 45-minute route.
6. The Old Town
A short taxi ride from the resort area of Sharm El-Sheikh, the Old Town offers visitors a look into the lives of the locals - some of which has remained unchanged for centuries. Wander the streets and admire the ancient buildings, or try your hand at haggling for souvenirs in the local market.
7. The Desert
It’s no secret that Egypt has plenty of desert - and that sandy landscape is one that’s just begging to be explored. From old temples and monasteries to treks on camels and quad bikes, what you see - and how you experience the desert - is up to you.
8. The Star Gazing
If you’re lucky, your desert tour will include a homemade meal around the campfire. It’s something that few visitors experience, but is well worth the extra time and expense. The night sky in the desert is brilliant. Away from all of the city lights, you’ll be able to spot constellations, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a shooting star.
9. The Beaches
A resort town, Sharm El Sheikh has plenty of beaches. Whether you enjoy catching some rays in a more secluded spot, or taking in all of the action resort-side, the warm sand and bright blue water will help any beach-lover feel right at home.
10. The Scuba Diving
Recognized as having some of the best diving locations in the world, Sharm El Sheikh is very popular with scuba divers and snorkelers. Thanks to its warm water and abundance of plankton, divers will get to see a wide variety of fish - including barracudas and sharks! Shipwrecks and caves also make up Sharm El Sheikh’s underwater landscape, with the reefs of Tiran and Ras Mohammed being two of the city’s most popular diving spots.