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Sharm el-Sheikh - The Red Sea resorts of the Sinai Peninsula

Sharm el-Sheikh - The Red Sea resorts of the Sinai Peninsula

Sharm has so many activities to offer that we guarantee that they will keep you busy in every phase of the day. Those who like to wake up early and are fond of observing the sunrise, can try playing golf which is a perfect combination of sport activity, great fun and wonderful nature. If you prefer a more active way of spending your time, then perhaps go-karting is just for you. Don't forget though that if you have never done karting before, it is preferable to go there on a day followed by a relaxing one. This is due to the fact that the next day you may wake up with sore arms, but the pain will vanish within 24 hours, so don't let it be the reason to cancel your trip there. Most karting clubs sell tickets for sessions which are more expensive after 5pm. So if you want to save money but at the same time you really want to go there - we advise you to book a place during the early morning hours. Most karting clubs are open from 11am and work till the midnight.


Located at the very southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in northeastern Egypt, Sharm el-Sheikh is on the coastal strip between the Red Sea and Mount Sinai is a world famous diving destination. Sharm el-Sheikh is on a promontory overlooking the Straits of Tiran at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba. Its strategic importance led to its transformation from a fishing village into a major port and naval base for the Egyptian Navy.

It is home to many luxurious resorts and attracts many tourists throughout the year and is a must visit for anyone who enjoys water sports. Sharm el-Sheikh's major industry is foreign and domestic tourism, owing to its dramatic landscape, year-round dry and temperate climate and long stretches of natural beaches.

Its water is clear and calm for most of the year and has become popular for various water sports, particularly recreational scuba diving and snorkeling which some consider are among the best in the world. If you are the one looking for adventurous sports, can also enjoy world class water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving in the crystal clear and calm waters along the coral reefs that are absolutely beautiful and stunning with in one meter of the surface. Read More Details: Sinai Diving in Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Aqaba

After a nice karting race or a peaceful golf experience you can pay a visit to one of the many spas in town. Almost every hotel has a spa and a beauty center which will provide you with such services as massage, steam rooms, gyms, face and body treatments, tattoos and hair braids and much more. Don't be afraid of the language barrier as most staff speaks English, Italian, German and Russian, as well as some other European languages.

The night is approaching, so is the hunger, but this is definitely not a problem in Sharm, which offers cuisines from all over the world, be it Italian, Indian, Chinese, Oriental, Russian or Japanese - you name it. This is absolutely safe to eat outside the hotel, though you should pay attention to the ingredients of some of the dishes, as they may appear too spicy to your palate. If you are worried about the prices - don't, as Sharm is a diverse place, and you can easily find places which serve nice food for approximately 5 USD. If prices are not that important for you, then you can head straight away to one of the luxurious restaurants in town and indulge yourself with food prepared by famous chefs. Apart from such restaurants Sharm has also the so-called cafes in Bedouin style. These are located all over Naama Bay and Hadabah, but they can be also found in the Old Market. The specialty of these places are mainly the hubbly bubbly as well as different strong and soft beverages.

Sharm El-Sheikh tours is one of the preferred destinations for tourism regarding scientific studies, offering a amazing collection of 1000 different fish species and 250 different coral reefs. Coral reefs, underwater and marine life, unmatched anywhere in the world, offer a spectacular and dazzling time for divers. Divers from all over the globe flock to Sharm’s dive sites which are unparalleled anywhere in the world. Underwater the vibrant corals, exotic fish, and historic ship wrecks are waiting to be explored. Sharm diving the red sea facts in sharm tour guide will give you information on the various sharm el sheikh red sea facts. Although the coral reefs of the Red Sea still hold the power to attract many visitors, Sharm-El-Sheikh has had to expand its offer to suit the requirements of its new guests. Casinos, clubs, discotheques or spas are sprouting at unbelievable speed as new areas become urbanised and new hotels are built.

Ras Mohammed National Park just south of Sharm el Sheikh has 1,000 species of fish in its reefs. What bliss to slide into the warm water and wonder at the sights beneath the waves. The colours and shapes of the fish are amazing. You will see long, skinny cornetfish swimming in the coral, square yellow-and-black butterfly fish, which look like hot-water bottles, and bright-red coral groupers. Touching coral or fish is strictly forbidden, for ecological reasons. In some areas the water is so shallow that its coral could easily be damaged by enthusiastic swimmers. Along the shore, many small creeks hidden from one another appeared and we only had to decide which one seemed convenient to host you for a few days. Camping on the reserve at Ras Mohamed is an excellent option.

Whether you spend the day at the Old Market, discovering Sinai's natural wonders, tempting luck at one of the many themed Casinos or simply basking in the sun, you will always be allured to sample Sharm-El-Sheikh's famed nightlife. On the other hand, Safaris in the desert are activities that many visitors to Egypt enjoy. Either by jeep, on a quad bike or on the back of a camel, these one-day or overnight trips are a delight. This kind of activity is very famous in the west of the Nile River and around the Oases area, and in the Sinai Peninsula, especially around Wadi Feiran Area.

After the dinner (which also presupposes lower temperatures) you can go shopping in one of the various malls in town, though if you are looking for something authentic, you can easily find it in one of the Old Market shops, saturated with souvenirs, jewelry and belly-dancing costumes. Visiting the Old Market please wear appropriate clothes, as the sales people are mainly conservative men. The market is also the place where you can get cheap prices and nice deals, at the same time it lacks variety usually found in the 6 shopping malls in town. So if variety is on the first place for you, visit the malls. Remember though that the prices there are higher, but it can be easily solved by paying with a credit card, which is mostly acceptable.

The night is on, and you are looking for partying and meeting new people? Then Hadabah or Naama Bay are the places to visit. Why? Well, because most of the nightclubs are located there, including the Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Hard Rock cafe and Dolce Vitta. Prices for these venues usually start from 20 Euro and often include one free drink. Keep in mind that while clubbing you will have to have some cash with you, as most night clubs do not accept credit cards. Click here purchace tickets for Sharm's top nightclubs and parties. The parties are going on till the late hours of the night (circa 2-3am), but those who still want more can either attend after-party hours or spend some time in one of the gorgeous Sharm casinos, which usually run different shows till 5-6 o'clock in the morning.

Around three million tourists visit Sharm el-Sheikh each year, with the winter months peak season. The Red Sea, with its exotic fish and spectacular corals, is a magnet for divers and snorkellers. All around are Bedouins, colourful tents, mountains and sea. Sharm features all the amenities one could expect of a top class tourist resort, including casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and nearby ancient attractions.
The Red Sea resorts of the Sinai Peninsula in northeastern Egypt
Sharm El-Sheikh has been a package holiday favourite with visitors to Egypt for more than a decade now. It may be known by most people but Sharm is not easy to explain. It’s not Orlando, Tenerife or Dubai, although judging by its prominent appearance in most winter sun holiday brochures, it might like to be. Just 20 years ago, this one-road desert town had one proper hotel. The Hilton. Boy has that changed! Along with its growing popularity with holidaymakers, glitzy resorts have shot up across the desert town, turning it into a holiday haven for sun-seeking Brits. The charm of Sharm might have been invaded by the bucket-and-spade brigade on a package holiday, but Sharm El-Sheikh still offers some of the most stunning coastal scenery along the Red Sea. The resort consists of three bays - Naama, Shark's and Nabq - and together they combine to make this a water sport paradise. You'll be spoilt for choice.

Sharm also boasts a wide range of attractively priced restaurants and bars – as well as a busy range of excursions. Its one must-see outing is the trip to St Catherine's Monastery (see panel below left) but, if you're more attracted to camel-driving than sightseeing, there are plenty of Lawrence of Arabia-esque activities going on.

Most involve either the sea or the Sinai desert, although if you have time there are longer trips to the pyramids at Cairo, the temples at Luxor and even the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. A full-day boat trip out to Tiran Island, a barren rock a few miles offshore, gives great views of the mountains on the mainland. A stop-off at three snorkelling sites, lunch with soft drinks and hotel transfers are included.

Those keen on even higher-octane thrills can hit the desert on a quad bike. It may have risen without trace but it seems certain that Sharmel-Sheik's name will loom large in holiday brochures for many years to come. For desert adventure, a guided three-hour trip on quad runners – basically motorbikes with four wheels – into the Sinai is great fun. Do this at sunset through Echo Valley and sip tea in a Bedouin tent. It costs £12 a head.

Soho Square

Soho Square spreads itself as an architectonic Fata Morgana mirage over the sands of White Knight Bay. This simile seems even more accurate as one analyses the fast evolution of this project and its remarkable appearance. Delimited by the Savoy Hotel at its entrance and the Queen Vic Pub at its farthest end, this fashionable avenue spreads for over a mile displaying a carefully selected assembly of shops, leisure centres, restaurants and bars.

Soho Square also offers a variety of clubs and bars. The most intriguing is probably the Ice Bar, where -- once you are provided with proper clothing -- you will enjoy your favourite drink surrounded with sculpted ice, from the seats to the glasses. Although the cold is dry and the experience comfortable, the average temperature is -9 degrees Celsius so you will not be able to stay longer than 20 minutes.

If you would rather stay warm and still experience something out of the ordinary, go to the Oxygen Bar where you can inhale your choice of flavoured gas. At the Electric Bar, enjoy a strong drink while relaxing on a massage armchair; but fashionistas will have to wait for the Fashion Lounge to complete its makeover before it reopens soon. If dancing at the African style Pangaea Night Club is not your cup of tea, you may want to share some laughs and acrobatics at the Ice Rink, or enjoy a journey through Egypt's History at Culturama. The location is also consolidating itself as a meeting and event venue. The Square has hosted many events, including sports such as the Women's Squash Competition; cultural, most recently the Wind of Hope International Art Festival and Competition; or super-star concerts.

Il Mercato

Il Mercato Promenade is one of the favourites amongst users of the travel-oriented Internet communities. Located in Hadaba, this open air shopping mall attempts to capture the essence of mostly Italian, but apparently also French and Spanish, renaissance architecture. The concept and the name may sound familiar to those who have visited Dubai, since Sharm's Il Mercato is the offshoot of the Gulf city's Mercato, the first themed shopping mall in the Middle East and UAE.

Il Mercato also offers souvenirs for the lovers of kitsch, including surrealistic paintings with dream-like scenes in gaudy colours and evident designs. Many are painted on black, which make the feminine and horse figures -- mysteriously recurrent in these sorts of paintings -- pop out; others are highlighted with glitter. All in all, they exert a snake-like fascination even to those who find this art distasteful.
activities in Sharm el-Sheikh in southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula

Na'ama Beach

On talking to visitors, Na'ama Bay leaves no one indifferent: half of them love the hubbub and excitement it provides, its long and twisting course full of side streets, the crowds of people and the cluster of shops and of course, the hassle and the chance of bargaining; the other half loathes it all. It is partly this chaotic character that gives it its magic. Na'ama is still the fun-heart of Sharm and it literally beats with life and energy.

Na'ama Beach is one of the centers of the tourist activities. Located just north of Sharm, this area is developing into a resort town of its own. Most hotels at Na'ama Bay have their own, private beaches with comfortable amenities such as chairs, shades and even bars.

About three miles up the road is Naam’a Bay sandy beach which is packed with many hotels, apartments, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You could come all the way to the Southern Sinai peninsula and stay in Naam’a and still think you were on the Costa del Sol.

The strip of shore is very popular amongst Egyptians and foreigners alike, and if you want a taste of Sharm's beginnings, this is a must-see. Na'ama is the birthplace of Sharm El-Sheikh as a tourism magnet, and where several of the city's most popular clubs and bars are located. These include Le Pacha and Little Buddah, which are definitely the places to go if you want to savour the buzz of the crowd hours before midnight.

The Sheraton Sharm

The Sheraton Sharm In 1999, Sheraton Sharm, part of the Starwood Alliance since 1998, opened its doors on the Al Pasha Coast. Due to its privileged location, the main building stands atop a hill, the hotel already distinguishes itself from its competitors by having a staggering seven floors.

Families are sure to have a memorable holiday, while the adults are at the spa, tennis courts, fitness centre, disco or the shopping arcade, the children will enjoy their special pools or join the specialised activities throughout the day. Children even have their own shows at the hotel's open stage, Rumors. This is certainly one of the Sheraton Sharm's most unique spots: with a look that is reminiscent of old Tarzan movies, the multi-levelled distribution of platforms allows guests to comfortably watch the nightly shows while savouring a cocktail.

The Sheraton Spa is home to one of Sharm's best Hydro Massage pools, with a complete circuit to relax and energise your body. Most hotels have their own private beaches, providing an opportunity to settle for a more familiar holiday, or simply the convenience of being close to your room. Sheraton Sharm's beach stretches over one kilometre of both sand and reef. Just a few metres away from the main pools, you can relax under an umbrella while contemplating Tiran Island, or you can join any of the activities that take place on the beach. Volleyball, pétanque, football, stretching or belly-dancing are some of the activities you can choose from. All activities are announced through loudspeakers, so it is hard to miss what is going on. Loudness is a constant on most Sharm beaches, which unfortunately subtracts from the beauty of the place.

There is also a diving centre for hiring scuba or snorkelling equipment, book diving lessons or various trips. A good way to enjoy the wonders of the deep as a family, is to go on a submarine or glass boat excursion. If you are looking for more thrill, ride the banana and experience the fun of speed. In a more meditational mood, attempt parasailing, which is surprisingly relaxing for an activity which involves hanging from a parachute being pulled by a speed boat. It is safe and little instruction is required.
Diving into the Ras Mohammed or the red sea, Sinai in Egypt

Getting there, getting around

GB Airways offer scheduled flights to Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, with a number of airlines and tour operators plying routes from regional UK airports.

Once you're in your resort, taxis are cheap and plentiful. Public transport is a bit of a trial. Travelling by coach for sightseeing and transferring to different areas of Egypt isn't straightforward either, as security measures put in place some time ago after terrorist incidents mean tourist coaches move en masse, accompanied by armed guards.

Etiquette

It's acceptable to wander around in shorts and swimwear in your resort, but generally, Egyptians do not like to see women or men wearing skimpy clothes in public.

Girls alone can be subject to the pestering of over-attentive waiters and pool attendants, although such behaviour is no longer tolerated by hotel managers.

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Shark Attacks In Sharm el-Sheikh?

A 70-year-old German tourist died after being mauled by a shark off the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh recently – the latest in a series of shark attacks in the Red Sea over the past five days. Conservationists from the South Sinai National Park caught two sharks following the earlier attacks, which happened on earlier. The animals were dissected to examine the contents of their stomachs, although the results of the autopsy procedures were not released.

There have been allegations that large cargoes of dead sheep from Australia have been dumped in the sea, after dying en route to Egypt - and it seems likely that plenty of other theories will keep swirling in the coming weeks.

For now, many of Sharm el-Sheikh's beaches are back open for experienced divers, and the area is swarming with shark experts. The messages coming out of the resort, from the travel industry, and government offices all over the world, are anxious and often contradictory. The truth is this: only time will tell whether it is really safe to go back into the water.

Sharm El-Sheikh is still a diver’s paradise. So, if you want to live the life aquatic, bring the kids and they can learn to dive in the warm waters just off the coast. But if you are looking to escape the glitzy resorts, head for the Ras Mohammed National Park, which offers incredible diving and is within easy reach of Sharm.

Sharm el-Sheikh is known as The City of Peace because a large number of international peace conferences have been held here. It is the administrative hub of Egypt's South Sinai Governorate which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the Saint Catherine's Monastery and Mount Sinai. You see, it absolutely doesn't matter what your interests or preferences are - as you can find all of them here. Come and see it with your own eyes. See you in Sharm, then!

Reference:
http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/red-sea-white-death-tourism-cop...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1336054/Egypt-shark-attacks-Fo...
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2009/971//tr1.htm

Last Updated on Saturday 15th January 2011