A sizzling gem on the cusp of the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh is becoming world-renowned as a hotspot for water sports and beach holidays. Not only does its sparkling waters offer a unique opportunity to explore the marine life that lies on the bed of the ocean, but beyond the coastline the desert opens up a world of adventure too. Combined with magnificent sandy beaches, it’s no wonder that Sharm el Sheikh is growing in popularity as a cruise resort.
Sharm el Sheikh is a thriving port that lies at the bottom of the Sinai Peninsula. Nestled between the Straits of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba, it enjoys a sheltered outlook that creates a natural sun trap to enhance the already gorgeous climate. In the summer, temperatures can reach as high as the 40s, whilst even in the winter months the climate remains pleasant. However, the real beauty of Sharm el Sheikh is in the clear waters that glisten on the coast, creating a truly stunning setting for a holiday that has captured the hearts of endless visitors.
There are many ways in which visitors can discover the charms of the Red Sea. Diving is the most popular way to explore marine life, and whether you’re a beginner or something of an expert, there are countless operators in the area. The world-famous diving spots of Tiran and Ras Mohammed are easily accessible from Sharm el Sheikh. The latter of these lies close to the SS Thistlegorm shipwreck, deemed to be one of the best wreck diving opportunities in the world.
However diving isn’t the only way in which you can experience the wonderful marine life of Sharm el Sheik, and snorkelling is also a popular activity for those who simply wish to admire the underwater views of enchanting reefs and colourful fish. Snorkelling excursions run daily from the port, whilst many places offer rental of the equipment if you wish to discover Ras Muhammad National Park at your own pace. Another option is to take a glass-bottomed boat out to sea, giving you a front-row seat to some of the amazing secrets of the sea, without having to get wet.
Beyond the waters of the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh is a magical resort that blends culture, activity and nature into one. Spend your days wandering the delightful Sharm Old Town or pursue an adventure by heading out into the desert for a day of sightseeing. With its bustling market and authentic local atmosphere, the Old Town offers a chance to haggle in the bazaars for a fun experience where you can pick up souvenirs to take home. For a different taste of local culture and history, a trip to St Catherines Monastery is essential. Nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a highlight of the area, regarded as the oldest monastery in the world and the site where Moses saw the burning bush. A less ancient but equally impressive site that brings visitors to Sharm el Sheik is the beautiful Al Musterfa Mosque, with fascinating architecture to discover.
The desert that spans out beyond the shores of Sharm el Sheikh is rich in activity for visitors seeking thrills on their holiday. A desert safari is perhaps the best way to explore this arid but interesting place, where mountains and canyons permeate the Sinai desert. Day tours or overnight stays are available, with the chance to experience the local hospitality and Sinai cuisine as a part of your tour. Meanwhile, you can choose to go by camel, horseback or 4x4 to shape your perfect desert safari. Another popular activity is quad biking, for a burst of adrenaline on your Sharm el Sheikh escape as you ride through the expansive stretches of desert with your tour.
A day trip to the luxury resort of Na’ama Bay is a must during your stay in Sharm el Sheikh. Deemed to be one of the best spots along the Egyptian coastline, this cosmopolitan resort offers the very best beaches, shopping and nightlife in the area. Most cruise ships offer trips to Na’ama Bay in their itinerary, giving you an opportunity to take advantage of the luxury facilities with transport to and from the Bay. Here you can unwind and indulge in a five star setting that is sure to be a highlight of any cruise holiday.
With its crystal clear waters, wealth of activity and welcoming culture, Sharm el Sheikh is a magnificent addition to a cruise holiday. Choose from water sports, day trips and sight seeing, or simply sit back and soak up the sizzling sun in the