Sharm el Sheikh

Sunbaked coast with sunken treasure

Peaking out into the Red Sea at the top of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheik's blissful beaches are a haven for heat seekers and underwater explorers. Affectionately known as Sharm, this large resort is really a collection of smaller resorts, each with their own flavour but all sharing in the year-round warmth and rare rainfall that draw visitors from near and far. Choose a holiday to Sharm El Sheik for a vast stretch of sun-warmed coastline, incredible reefs and unique National Parks.

Sharm El Sheikh began life as a simple fishing settlement but today it's Egypt's premier beach resort. The long stretches of soft golden sands are home to a plethora of fabulous hotel complexes and schools of dive shops which bring snorkellers and divers out to explore the area's incredible underwater landscape. No less 250 different coral reefs and 1000 species of fish thrive in these waters. The resorts cater to an international crowd with global cuisine, lively bars and famous clubs but you can also find a slice of culture at local restaurants serving Egyptian specialities, authentic old markets, beautiful mosques and Coptic churches.

Three tips for a top trip

How do I explore?Public transport comes in the form of blue-and-white microbuses but taxis are the usual way most tourists navigate between Sharm El Sheikh's resorts.
What should I eat?You'll find international cuisine aplenty but local specialities such as lamb koftas, slow roasted meats and incredible tahini-based dips are the stars of the show.
Where's best at night?Each resort offers something a little different but if you're after a big night, Naama Bay's big clubs are the place to be.

Best attractions to see in Sharm el Sheikh

The beaches

A true-blue beach destination, Sharm El Sheikh's stunning strands are mostly occupied by private hotels but you'll also find some public numbers in each resort.

Old Town Market

Head to the Old Souk near Hadaba and wander through its puzzle of stalls before trying your hand at haggling for an authentic Egyptian experience.

Underwater kingdoms

Discover incredible local reefs and offshore dive sites such as the Ras Mohammed National Park, the Tiran Straits and the Nabq Protected Area.

Your Sharm el Sheikh questions, answered

With the the warmest winter night temperatures in Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh is a year-round destination attracting visitors through all seasons.

Master the art of bargaining and you'll return with a bag full of oil-based perfumes, leather goods, gold jewellery and handsome rugs.

Sharm El Sheikh sits on the edge of the Sinai Desert which offers a world of unique experiences from dune quad biking to Bedouin camps.

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