Sharm El-Sheikh City in Sinai Peninsula

Sharm El-Sheikh City

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


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

As all the area located in the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El-Sheikh was occupied by Israel during the Suez Crisis of 1956 and was delivered back to Egypt in 1957. For the crisis between Egypt and Israel, a United Nations peacekeeping force was stationed there until the 1967 Six-Day War. Once again, the city was recaptured by Israel after this war. By then, Israel started some projects in the area which led to more commercial development of the area 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 again to Egypt in 1982 in accordance with the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty of 1979.

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

Administrative divisions

Sharm El Sheikh City is divided into five homogeneous centers:

  • Nabq
  • Ras Nusrani
  • Naama Bay
  • Umm Sid
  • Also, Sharm El Maya

Sharm El-Sheikh Activities

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

  • History Related/Sightseeing Activities
  • Snorkeling 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. certainly, makes it possible to do a number of history-related activities and sightseeing tours. Also, it enable tourists to visit the monuments and attractions in cites of Luxor, El-Minya, Aswan, Cairo, Giza, Alexandria … so on.

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

Snorkeling Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

Snorkeling 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.

A list of the sea activities and trips in Sharm El-Sheikh:

Diving Activities

Diving is one of Sharm El-Sheikh’s popular sea activities. The city offers tourists a number of interesting options to do 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 open sea. Diving in open sea can be done in various sea sites with colorful marine world. It lets fully explore and experience the exquisiteness of the Red Sea.

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

Fishing Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

Fishing is one of the lovely 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 is done with a rod, reel, line, hooks and any one of a wide range of baits or lures such as artificial flies. The practice 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 the second place.

Worth noting, this activity can be done in the nearby resort of Dahab. The reason is that in Sharm El-Sheikh fishing activities aren’t permitted.

Sharm El-Sheikh offers an optional to tourists who want to enjoy watching corals and fish without the need to get your 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 a number of safari activities e.g. camel riding, horse riding, quad biking, jeep riding, and buggy, too.

The following are desert safari activities in Sharm El-Sheikh:

City Touring Activities in Sharm El-Sheikh

City touring is an activity of discovering the attractions and the place around you. Certainly, tourists can do such a lovely activity in Sharm El-Sheikh. This resort offers you a number of attractions and places to visit. These attractions are all of modern style.

Usually, city tours in Sharm El-Sheikh head to the most famous attractions of this city. Among these attractions, there are the marine platforms, the old marine port, the Coptic Church, and Muslim mosques.  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 by 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 about their health. Fortunately, a number of spa centers are found in this city where tourist can enjoy a number of 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. Certainly, this city has lot entertainment activities to offer for you. Luckily, in Sharm El-Sheik, you can find a number of 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:

  • Excursion to the dolphinarium from Sharm El-Sheikh

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