Searching for a great beach destination to explore? Sharm El Sheikh, generally known as Sharm, a famous port and resort town located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt is, undoubtedly, an excellent choice. It is, in fact, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East. The Red Sea’s warm water is perfect for a day of swimming with family and friends but what makes it more special are the enormous schools of fish and numerous amazing dive sites waiting to be discovered. With its wonderful weather and glistening waters all year round, Sharm has fast become a top beachfront attraction to a lot of tourists and travellers looking for beautiful places to soak up some sun and enjoy a variety of watersports and marine exploration activities.
For swimming and diving, the best months to visit are April and from mid-October and mid-November. The temperature during winter is best for sunbathing but the days are quite short. It’s best to avoid visiting from mid-May to September as the weather can be quite hot and it would be difficult to sunbathe. Considered as one of the finest diving spots in the world, a few of the exciting and extreme watersports you can try are snorkelling, diving, sailing, wind and kite-surfing, and skydiving or parachuting. The adjacent Ras Mohammed National Park has several dive sites that you can quickly access by liveaboards or through boat trips departing from Dahab. Central Na’ama Bay and Ras Um Sid reefs are highly recommended for snorkelling too.
If you are up for some sightseeing, you can also easily book a safari trip to the neighbouring Sinai desert and spend time revelling in the beauty of the stunning St. Catherine Monastery or the awe-inspiring Sinai Mountains. The Straits of Tiran in the Red Sea are spectacular locations to check out as well for further exploring. Additionally, you can simply plan for camel rides to the traditional Bedouin villages nearby or contact tour operators to book an afternoon of horse riding. Sharm is also famed for its head-to-toe wellness and pampering delights as it is home to countless luxury spas, luxury villas, as well as, bustling nightlife spots including local bars and nightclubs where you can dance the night away and socialise with other people.
Sharm hosts a myriad of beach resorts you can choose from, starting from the celebrated Four Seasons Private Residences Sharm El Sheikh, Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort, Reed Oasis Blue Bay Resort, up to the Coral Sea Sensatori, and many more. It truly has everything once can expect to make your holiday a memorable experience. Its enviable location on the Gulf of Aqaba makes it effortlessly accessible for everyone and travelling to and from is never a worry. Sharm can be reached by plane via the Sharm El Sheikh Airport; by boat through the International Fast Ferries; and by road through driving down the eastern coast from Eliat or the western coast from Cairo.