Sharm el Sheikh lies right at the very southern tip of the Sinai Peninsular in Egypt on the coast of the Red Sea across from Hurghada. It has a population in the region of 35,000 and the mountains and deserts here offer a wonderfully dramatic landscape as a backdrop to fantastic holidays.
This is a region which is dry and temperate with average temperatures that range between 20-45 degrees Celsius in the summer and 15-35 in the winter. The seas locally range in temperature from 21-28 degrees all year round.
There are three main regions to Sharm el Sheikh – Na’ama Bay which is the sea front development, Ras Um Sid – the cliff top area full of hotels looking out over the Red Sea, and Sharm el Maya – the bay area where the old town of Sharm el Sheikh is and where the harbour is.
Diving in Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm el Sheikh has become well known as a holiday destination and offers something pretty special for anyone wishing to dive here.
The diversity in marine life is stunning and there are over 250 coral reefs and more than 1000 different species of fish which swim amongst them. There are long stretches of natural beaches with clear calm waters which are safe for paddling and swimming in as well as being excellent for diving and snorkelling.
The Ras Mohammed National park
The Ras Mohammed National park is a wonderful underwater nature reserve here which attracts many divers and snorkelers every year. The vast corals and beautiful fish that live in this underwater world include threadfins, angelfish, coral grouper, napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, scorpion fish, butterfly fish and more, and if you get the chance to see them take it! If you can’t manage diving or snorkelling, then a glass bottom boat may be the answer, there are plenty which will take you out on trips around the bays here.
During the day, though the region is best known for marine life and sunbathing, there are plenty of other things to do on land and sea. Windsurfing, horse riding and golf are popular pastimes locally, and you could also try riding a camel, take a trip into the desert on safari, or pay a visit to the local Bedouin markets to see the many handicraft stalls here and do a little shopping.
At night, though this isn’t a wild area, there are a number of bars and nightclubs, restaurants and discos and even casinos to visit. Many of the restaurants are happy to cater for families.
It’s possible to take day and overnight visits from here to see other well known areas such as Cairo and the Pyramids, but doing so does involve crossing the border between Asia and Africa so you’ll need to make sure your passport is ok, and acquire a travel visa from Sharm el Sheikh airport if you’re going to do so.
Overall, Sharm el Sheikh holidays offer a great opportunity to anyone visiting the Red Sea, with plenty of sunshine, fabulous atmosphere and some wonderful sealife to see.