Sharm El Sheikh Travel Guide

Explore Sharm al Sheikh

Sultry and exotic, Sharm el Sheikh is a hot Favorited amongst travelers and holidaymakers from the Middle East for good reason. Thanks to an idyllic position on the Red Sea, the resort town is blessed with warm, clear waters and perfect sea breezes, plus an outstanding marine life that’s highly protected by the government.

While active travelers would have no shortage of corals and marine life to explore here, those seeking to relax can easily let their hair down at one of the many world-class resorts in the area. Sharm, as it’s affectionately known locally, won’t disappoint with its spearmint waters, sandy beaches, and myriad of restaurants.


Top Things to Do

Naama Bay

As the heart of the tourist area in Sharm el Sheikh, this is where most visitors would base themselves at. The natural bay is lined with cafes, restaurants, hotels, and bazaars, so you’ll find everything you need within walking distance. It’s also just a five-minute drive from the historic Old City, and five minutes from the airport in the other direction.

Ras Muhammed National Park

Home to the best diving spots in the Sharm el Sheikh area, this national park is located at the southern extreme of the Sinai Peninsula. It forms a part of the Red Sea Riviera, and sprawls across an area of 480 square km. For active travelers, this is paradise, with so many activities to indulge in, from snorkeling to kayaking amidst the mangroves and wreck diving.

Nabq Protected Area

another marine area with immense biological diversity is the NMRPA, whose coral reefs are among the best and most diverse in the Egyptian Red Sea. Under the sea, there are over 208 species of hard coral, and 438 species of fish and marine animals. On land, the area is inhabited by Bedouins belonging to El Mezina Tribe, who still practice their traditional lifestyle largely in harmony with their environment and mainly are living on fishing, pasture and tourism.

Pharaoh’s Island

History buffs would love this historical site that dates back to the early 11th century. Crusaders defending the route between Cairo and Damascus built a citadel on this small island, which still stands strong today and holds great cultural value.

Where to Eat and Drink

As you would expect from a tourist resort town, Sharm el Sheikh dishes up cuisine from every country you can imagine. Whether you’re craving flavors from Italy, China, and India or simply want to taste something traditionally Egyptian, you’ll be sure to find it here in Sharm el Sheikh.


RECOMMENDED PLACES TO EAT

Abou El Sid

you can’t go wrong at this highly-reverted restaurant brand famous for its authentic Egyptian food and rustic, vintage old-world flair. This fully-certified halal restaurant has international franchises in many parts of the world, with its most popular store here in Sharm. With affordable prices, the restaurant is an essential stop for those wanting to taste unequivocally Egyptian fare.

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ARABESQUE

This open-concept restaurant at Four Seasons is worth a visit even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Specialties here include Middle Eastern mezzes and Moroccan tagine, as well as Arabic, North African & Mediterranean cuisine all served against a drop dead gorgeous view of the Red Sea.

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Souk

if you’re looking for a dining experience rather than just a meal, then this is the place to splurge on. Housed in the Hyatt Regency Resort, the restaurant is designed as an ancient Arabesque marketplace replete with shops, food stalls and a stage for live folkloric performances. These arabesque evenings are charged with scents, sensuality and appeal.

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Tam Tam

a long fixture of the tourism industry, this casual beachfront diner serves freshly cooked flat bread from charcoal domed oven and other traditional Egyptian staples like Orka, Koshary, and grilled kofta and chops

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Recommended Places to Stay

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

set in the natural beauty of Sinai, this is one of the most luxurious hotels in Sharm el Sheikh, and offering 136 tastefully designed rooms and 100 suites that overlook the Red Sea.

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Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort

Poised on the waters of Naama Bay, this midrange hotel is well equipped with modern facilities and modestly decorated rooms.

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Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz

one of the oldest and most established hotels in Sharm el Sheikh, this Hilton property is well located on Naama Bay at just walking distance from the vibrant tourist town.

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Viva Sharm

Located at the famous Ras Um Sid plateau with a reef beach and diving site only 350 metres away, this hotel offers fuss-free air-conditioned rooms, swimming pools, a sauna, gym and Turkish steam bath.

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Best Time to Go

Regardless of the time of the year, Sharm el Sheikh promises endless sunshine and pleasant weather. In general, its subtropical desert climate has two distinct seasons: hot summer and mild winter.

During the summer months (from April to October), the average daytime temperature is around 29ºC and nighttime is a comfortable 20ºC. There are also pleasant sea breezes during the day time to make beach time all the more relaxing. However, this is the peak season for tourism, so try to avoid particularly June to August if you don’t like crowds.

During winter time (November to March), the average temperature in the day is around 26ºC and at night is 21ºC. The biggest difference between the temperatures in summer and winter is during the night. December is the wettest month of the year for Sharm el Sheikh, so we would recommend avoiding this month.


Getting There

Many airlines fly from Saudi Arabia to Sharm El Sheikh, including EgyptAir, Saudia and Turkish Airlines. There are many direct flights available, and one-stop flights for even cheaper. Riyadh offers the most flights, with a minimum journey time of 2.5 hours

Getting from Airport to City
  • By Bus

    There are private minibuses that run regularly from Sharm El Sheikh Airport Terminal 1. The buses only leave when they’re filled up. A single journey takes 15 minutes and prices depend on where you’re going.

  • By Taxi

    Taxi ranks are located next to the passenger Terminal 1. It’s quite common for taxi drivers to attempt to cheat tourists by asking for an exceptional high price. The price to go from the airport to Nabq should be no more than 30-40 LE and it should take only 10 minutes each way. It’s better to settle with the taxi-driver the price for transfer beforehand in order not to be cheated.

  • By Private Transfer

    most visitors to Sharm El Sheikh arrange airport transfer through their hotels as this is the most reliable option. The journey should take around 15 minutes or less and cost around the same as a taxi.