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Sharm el-Sheikh, situated on the Sinai Peninsula on the picturesque shores of the Red Sea, is Egypt’s first resort. It’s a spacious zone that stretches for 35 km along the sea.

In the past, it was a Bedouin-inhabited desert, but capital from wealthy businessmen soon turned it into a gigantic construction site. Many luxurious hotels and entertainment industry objects were built – the creators of the resort wanted to make the tales from One Thousand and One Nights a reality.

Sharm el-Sheikh is home to around 30,000 people, most of whom work in the tourist service sector, such as in hotels. The rest of the people you see on the city’s streets are tourists from all around the world.

Sharm el-Sheikh
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Sharm el-Sheikh

The Naama Bay is considered to be the centre of tourist life – it was on this coastline that the city’s first hotels, now arranged in two or three separate rows, were built on. Living here is very expensive comparing even to other resorts as, thanks to the bay’s sandy bottom, people don’t have to wear special protective shoes, which are necessary in other resorts due to sharp corals, making the Naama Bay a more desirable place to live. Here you’ll also find a large coastal promenade with many cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Sharm el-Sheikh also has a historic centre, located at the Sharm el-Maya Bay. We recommend you visit its colourful old Arab market.

A school of Sardines swims over a tropical coral reef
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  A school of Sardines swims over a tropical coral reef

For many decades, this Red Sea resort has been considered to be an ideal place for passive recreation. Firstly, this ecological niche is a real divers’ heaven – it’s home to so many sea creatures that movie directors come to shoot their films here from all over the world. At one point, the legendary documentary filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who presented the world with a number of invaluable movies such as The Silent World, worked here with his team. The local shops are simply stuffed to the brim with special equipment, overalls and various accessories needed for both professional and amateur divers. Sharm el-Sheikh also has many diving centres.

Lovers of active recreation are sure to find many different outings and tours here. Most local tourist companies offer interesting routes where you’ll be able to see the city’s most famous objects and places.

Safari Tours by quad bike
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Safari Tours by quad bike

One of the main tourist attractions here is the Desert of Sinai and its St. Catherine’s Monastery, located 208 km from Sharm el-Sheikh at an elevation of 1570 m between mountains in a valley. The monastery was built in the 6th century and is known for its spectacular three-nave basilica. Pilgrims who come here get up early in the morning to climb Mount Sinai and see the first rays of dawn.

On the way to the monastery, we recommend you visit Navami – an ancient cemetery in the shape of stone wells, located at the centre of the desert. The first burials here date back to the 4th century BCE.

Another place worth visiting is the Coloured Canyon and its unusual landscape that’s bound to capture your imagination. Some liken it to the surface of the Moon, while others see mystical figures in rocks.

There are three natural reservations near Sharm el-Sheikh: the famous Ras Mohammed Reservation is an excellent place for diving and watching sea creatures. Due to its seismic activity, the entire reservation is covered in cracks and various interesting formations. The Nabq Natural Park is a real bird paradise – many different bird species prefer to hatch in the mangrove trees. The Ras Abu Galum National Park, on the other hand, is unique in its climate – so unlike the rest of Egypt and much more reminiscent of the Mediterranean Region. The park has several freshwater bodies that are home to the rarest of plant species.

Here you can also just rent a car and visit the local attractions on your own terms. Cheap petrol, good roads and the close proximity of interesting sites will add a good deal of variety to your holiday.

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