Sharm el-Sheikh Travel Guide
Overview A world-acclaimed dive centre and the most developed of the Red
Sea resorts, Sharm el-Sheikh has many holiday activities, and
plenty of luxury accommodation and restaurants available. Most
Sharm el-Sheikh hotels and diving centres are situated four miles
(7km) from the city at Naama Bay and it has become a busy holiday
resort with plenty of shopping opportunities, lots of late night
entertainment and an attractive holiday atmosphere.
Numerous dive sites are within reach of Sharm el-Sheikh,
including the huge drop-offs at Ras Mohammed in the extreme
southern part of the peninsula, the Straits of Tiran, various
wrecks, and about 28 sites located along the coast that are
accessed by boat. Naama Bay has a gently sloping sandy bottom, is
ideal for dive classes, and provides diving and snorkelling
opportunities for all levels without having to use a boat or car to
Besides excellent diving and snorkelling, which are the main
activities when in Sharm el-Sheikh on holiday, there are plenty of
watersports available if one feels like doing more than just
soaking up the sun. Add a vibrant nightlife with casinos, discos
and nightclubs and one can't complain of boredom!
Sharm El-Sheikh © Mr Rosewater
Shopping Avid shoppers will find a variety of goods in the old market and
Sharm El-Sheikh mall, where shops sell both foreign and local
products, including jewellery, leather goods, clothing, pottery and
books. Naama Bay offers a more upmarket shopping experience at the
Naama Centre, where shopkeepers are less inclined to bargain but
everything from souvenirs to scarves can be found.
Restaurants Between Sharm el-Sheikh's two tourist districts of Old Sharm and
Naama Bay, there are a huge variety of dining options while on
holiday, from hotel restaurants and international fast food chains
like KFC, to local eateries and fresh fish. Every cuisine from
Mexican to Japanese is represented in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Nightlife Sharm el-Sheikh's casinos, discos, pubs and bars cater to those
ready to party the night away while on holiday. Entertainment
ranges from dance clubs to informal hangouts.
Activities On holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh, diving and snorkelling are the
main activities but there are a range of other activities available
including horseback and camel riding, golf, desert safaris and
health treatments, and a variety of watersports. The desert holds
numerous attractions and trips are offered to Mt Sinai and St
Catherine's Monastery, among others (though these tours may be
suspended when the region is not considered safe).
Negatives Shopkeepers and hawkers can become a nuisance but a polite
though firm 'no, thank you' should ward them off. Travel
authorities currently urge extreme caution when travelleing in the
Sinai region; excursions into the desert to places like St
Catherine's Monastery may not always be possible.