Holiday in Sharm el Sheikh has changed over the last 40 years since it was handed over to Egypt. Nowadays Sharm el Sheikh is THE tourist destination on the Sinai Peninsula luring tourists from all over the world, and not only for its golden beaches. It’s a paradise for divers and swimmers too and there are stunning trips to be made in the surrounding desert. And on top of all that, there is a huge selection of beautiful hotels and resorts for everyone.
See and Do on your holiday in Sharm el Sheikh
The underwater world is breathtaking and there are many famous diving spots, both for experienced divers and for those doing it for the first time. Ras Muhammad National Park is very much worth visiting. And if you’re rather be active above water you’re in for a treat. There is kitesurfing, windsurfing or you can hire a Jetski. It’s all available for those going for a holiday in Sharm el Sheikh.
You don’t have to stick to sunbathing or being on, or below, the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba. There are organised camel trips into the desert and many more activities nearby and further afield. You can visit the famous Saint Catherine’s Monastery or climb 2,285 metre high Mount Sinai. Tour operators also offer (day)trips to “nearby” tourist attractions such as the Pyramids in Cairo or Petra in Jordan. If you decide to stay in Sharm el Sheikh there are plenty of shopping facilities, restaurants and bars or you can visit the old market.
Top 10 Things to See and Do
Seeing this video for the first time did hurt a bit, I must admit. The changes over the last 40 years are incredible. Nothing from what I would recognise is still there apart from the view towards the island and Jordan. Oh, and those stunning sunrises and sunsets. But hey, that’s progress. In the video below you’ll meet Sharm el Sheikh how it is now. Very touristic but still beautiful of course. Enjoy.
What is the Climate in Sharm el Sheikh
I’ve spent 6 months in the Sinai and never saw a drop of rain. And it was sunny every day. I think that pretty much sums up the climate. Not strange considering its location between the sea and the desert. The hottest months, with an average temperature of 38 celsius, are July and August, when the sun is out 12 hours a day. The nights are very warm too with an average of 25 celsius. In all the other months the temperature will be somewhere around 25 to 30 celsius. Although the mercury can reach high numbers, the low humidity makes it a lot more bearable. Do take care though when crossing the beach to the sea on a hot day, you might burn the soles of your feet! The water temperature is usually 21 Celsius or more ? Read more about the weather on this page
When is the best time to holiday in Sharm el Sheikh
Holiday in Sharm el Sheikh is possible in every season, and every month of the year. The climate is fabulous so there’s nothing stopping you to visit whenever you like. However, if you’re the active person and looking for longer hikes in the desert, visiting places and climbing a few hills you might want to stick to the months of November to March when the weather is just a tad bit cooler. If sunbathing, snorkelling and relaxing is your “activity” the period from March to November are better suited for you. If you can’t stand the heat of summer March to May and October/November are your best options.
How to Travel to Sharm el Sheikh
The easiest way to travel to Sharm el Sheikh is by plane. The airport is around 10km north from the tourist centre and sees direct charter flights arriving from most cities in Europe and other parts of the world. Shuttle buses make sure you’ll arrive quickly at your accommodation in Sharm el Sheikh.
Alternatively you can ferry over from Hurghada in Egypt directly to Sharm el Sheikh. Or you can decide to see a bit more of the Middle East and fly to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. From there you can hire a car and drive to Sharm el Sheikh via Beersheba and Eilat, through the Negev Desert. Israel is a beautiful country and visiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth and/or the Dead See is highly recommendable!
Crossing the Israel Egypt Border
There is only one border crossing open for tourist between Israel and Egypt, and that is the Taba Border Crossing at Eilat. There is a lengthy article which explains everything about entering Egypt from Israel, including visas, costs etc.
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The easiest way to move about Sharm el Sheikh is the blue and white minibus which stops basically anywhere. There are also taxis in the same colours and it’s good practice to negotiate a price first before you enter your cab. Don’t forget, it is still Egypt. Alternatively you can hire your own wheels and get yourself a rental car. Best place to rent car is the airport, you can hire one if you can show an international drivers license.
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