Excursions in Sharm El-Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh City

Sharm el-Sheikh is an Egyptian resort located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and surrounded by the Red Sea. The sheltered sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs are very remarkable in this resort.

Location of Sharm El Sheikh City

Sharm El-Sheikh city extends for about 120 km along the Red Sea on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula and is 504 km away from Cairo. It is bordered by El Tor city in the north-west, by Red sea in the south, by Dahab city in north-east and Gulf of Aqaba to the east.

History

Sharm El-Sheikh is one of the cities located in the South Sinai governorate on Sinai, Egypt. This place was with deficient population for long periods of Egyptian history. A small community inhabited its northern part – Nabq. During the last 100 years, Sharm El-Sheikh became an important place for its strategic location. This importance of site led to its transformation from a fishing village into a major port and naval base to serve the Egyptian Navy.

Like all the areas located in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel occupied Sharm El-Sheikh during the Suez Crisis of 1956. and it was delivered back to Egypt in 1957. A United Nations peacekeeping force was stationed there until the 1967 Six-Day War for the crisis between Egypt and Israel. Once again, Israel recaptured this city after this war. By then, Israel started some projects in the area, which led to the more commercial development of the location of Sinai. Thus, the Israelis built the town of Ofira, overlooking Sharm El Maya Bay and the Nesima area, and opened the first tourist-oriented establishments in the area 6km north at Naama Bay. Sharm El Sheikh remained under Israeli control until the Sinai Peninsula was restored to Egypt in 1982 under the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty of 1979.

With the restoration of Sinai in 1982, the Egyptian government launched an initiative to encourage the city’s development. No wonder all these efforts turned the town into an international tourist destination.

Administrative divisions

The government divides Sharm El Sheikh into the following five homogeneous centres:

  1. Nabq.
  2. Ras Nusrani.
  3. Naama Bay.
  4. Umm Sid.
  5. Also, Sharm El Maya.

Sharm El-Sheikh Activities

Sharm El-Sheikh is famous for its coral reefs, islands and entertainment. Generally, many tourists visit it annually to enjoy snorkelling and diving. For the sake of the sea and sun, trips head from Sharm El-Sheikh to various tourist destinations. These trips go far to Cairo and Luxor. Sometimes, they head to Israel and Jordan. On the other hand, these trips arrive from Dahab to the place.

So, here’s a comprehensive list of the activities and things to do in Sharm El-Sheikh. For your convenience, we have grouped these entries into the following basic categories:

  • History Related/Sightseeing Activities.
  • Snorkelling Activities.
  • Diving Activities.
  • Sea Related Activities.
  • Water Sports/Water-Related Activities.
  • Also, Fun and Entertainments Activities.

Sharm El-Sheikh is 504 km away from Cairo and 211 km from the Monastery of St. Catherine. This unique location. Indeed, it makes it possible to do several history-related activities and sightseeing tours. Also, it enables tourists to visit the monuments and attractions in Luxor, El-Minya, Aswan, Cairo, Giza, Alexandria so on.

The following is a list of the activities tourists can choose from it. This list provides both the destination and the means of transportation to get to the place:

  1. 2-days Trip to Cairo-Alexandria from Sharm El-Sheikh.
  2. Trip to Jerusalem from Sharm El Sheikh.
  3. Excursion Climbing Mountain of Moses from Sharm El-Sheikh.
  4. Trip to Cairo from Sharm El-Sheikh by Plane.
  5. Trip to Monastery of Saint Catherine from Sharm El-Sheikh.
  6. Day trip to Luxor from Sharm El-Sheikh by Plane.
  7. Also, Over-day Trip to Cairo – Giza from Sharm El-Sheikh.

Snorkelling Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

Snorkelling is a popular recreational activity in Egypt, particularly at Sharm El-Sheikh Resort. The primary appeal to this activity is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. For pleasure, it appeals to all ages because of the little effort needed.

The following is a list of the sea activities and trips in Sharm El-Sheikh:

  1. Snorkelling Trip in Abu Galum and Blue Hole from Sharm El-Sheikh.
  2. Sea Trip to Ras Mohammed From Sharm El-Sheikh by Bus.
  3. Snorkelling Excursion in Tiran from Sharm El Sheikh.
  4. Sea Picnic on semi-submarine in Sharm El-Sheikh.
  5. Also, Snorkeling Trip in Ras Mohammed from Sharm El-Sheikh.

Diving Activities

Diving is one of Sharm El-Sheikh’s popular sea activities. The city offers tourists many exciting options to choose from such an activity. These options vary widely in the destination they head to and the location they take place on. For example, diving can take place on the beach or in the open sea. Divers can do such an activity in various sea sites with a colourful marine world. It lets you fully explore and experience the exquisiteness of the Red Sea.

For more details about diving in the open sea, you can check the following activity:

Fishing Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

Fishing is one of the satisfying hobbies and activities tourists practice while staying in Sharm El-Sheikh. This recreational and sport activity is primarily for pleasure or competition purposes. The most common form of recreational fishing uses a rod, reel, line, hooks and any one of a wide range of baits or lures such as artificial flies. The practise of catching or attempting to catch fish with a hook is generally known as angling.

In Sharm El-Sheikh, the most familiar type of angling is the one which uses line and hook. While the one which uses rod and reel is more professionally; and comes in second place.

Please, note that tourists can practise this activity in the nearby resort of Dahab. The reason is that the authorities do not permit fishing activities in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Sharm El-Sheikh offers an option to tourists who want to enjoy watching corals and fish without the need to get their feet wet.

To get more details on these sea-related activities, discover the following options:

Desert Safari Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

Desert Safari is one exciting activity you should add to your plan list if you’re going to stay in Sharm El-Sheikh. Undoubtedly, this safari activity combines all the fun and adventures you can enjoy in the desert. Also, it ranges widely from being simple camel rides to buggy driving. Sharm El-Sheikh offers some safari activities, e.g. camel riding, horse riding, quad biking, jeep riding, and buggy, too.

City Touring Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

City touring is an activity of discovering the attractions and the place around you. Indeed, tourists can do such a pleasurable activity in Sharm El-Sheikh. This resort offers you many attractions and places to visit. These attractions are all of the modern styles. The following are desert safari activities in Sharm El-Sheikh:

Usually, city tours in Sharm El-Sheikh direct to the most famous attractions of this city. The marine platforms, the old maritime port, the Coptic Church, and Muslim mosques are these attractions.  Also, these city tours get to the fruit and the fish markets.

The following are the city touring activities you can do in Sharm El-Sheikh:

City tour in Sharm El-Sheikh

Beauty and Wellness Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

Sharm El-Sheikh offers excellent solutions to all those who want to take care of their health. For fortune, there are some spa centres in this city that provide tourists body care procedures.

The following is one of the best solutions Sharm El-Sheikh offers:

  • Trip to the Spa Center in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Entertainment and Fun Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

Sharm El-Sheikh is a city of fun. Indeed, this city has a lot of entertainment activities to provide for you. Luckily, in Sharm El-Sheik, you can find some aqua parks, aquariums, dolphinariums and other places to visit.

The following is a sample of the activities you can enjoy while holidaying in Sharm El-Sheikh:

1 thought on “Sharm El Sheikh City

  1. The beauty of this city lies in the strategic location of the city. It helps tourists and tour operators to plan trips accordingly keeping it as a base location. It helps both in desert trips and in sea trips as well. So plan accordingly.

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