The most interesting places to visit in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
Many people go to Egypt not at all in order to lie by the pool and in unlimited quantities to absorb all that gives the consumer all-inclusive system. Egypt, and Sharm el Sheikh in particular, is the most affordable financially and financially to explore the world of sea corals.
At the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba between Egypt and Saudi Arabia lies the uninhabited island of Tiran. Even half a century ago, it represented an absolute mystery to explorers, but in a short period it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Egypt.
Ras Mohammed National Park (Ras Mohammed), established in 1989, was designed to save from destruction of the coral reef wall, once conquered by Jacques-Yves Cousteau himself. Now their beauty is admired by tourists visiting the “Mohammed’s Head” – so the name of the reserve is translated.
Old Market in Sharm El Sheikh
Old Market in Sharm El Sheikh is only called so; in fact, it is still relatively young, although stylized like the old one. It is very typical for an oriental bazaar. There are small shops, big shopping malls, and a lot of cafes in the open air.
Tutankhamun Museum in Sharm El Sheikh
There is only one museum in Sharm El Sheikh, and it opened very recently – in 2014. It is the Tutankhamun Museum, which is of interest to both children and adults. Pharaoh Tutankhamun was not famous in life and died young when he was only 18 years old.
Navamis is the name of a complex of stone structures in the Sinai desert. It is an amazing cultural and historical heritage of the country, which is comparable with the pyramids, at least in age. True, today Navamis cannot boast of the monumentality of the latter.
Taj Mahal” night club in Sharm el Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh has an unbelievable amount of places for evening and night out with drinking and dancing. And all these are not some rustic discotheques spinning the hits of the nineties, but quite stylish and well-developed institutions. There’s Pacha and Hard Rock Café in Sharm.
Sharm el Sheikh is good because here you can not just lie on the beach, have fun at discos and enjoy the coral reef inhabitants. A variety of attractions and excursions await those who like a more busy holiday. True, almost all of them are not in Sharm, and in the neighborhoods, but many of them are really worth the bus ride. In addition, all the attractions have long developed proven routes, firms that take tours there, a great many, so that all inconveniences for tourists are minimized.
One of the main tourist attractions in the vicinity of Sharm el-Sheikh is the Sinai desert. Here, for example, is located the monastery of St. Catherine with a temple, built in the 6th century. It is from here that pilgrims ascend the Sinai Mount early in the morning to meet the first rays of the sun. According to legend it was on this mountain Moses received the tablets of the Old Testament Commandments. Also in the monastery you can see the Neopalimaya Kupina, the bush, in the flames of which God appeared to Moses.
On the way to the monastery you can stop at Navamis, ancient tombs shaped like stone wells in the middle of the desert. The oldest tombs inside Navamis date back to the 4th century BC.
Worth seeing is Color Canyon, which is also located near the Sinai Mountains. The landscape of the canyon is very bizarre and captivates the imagination: some see in it a lunar landscape, someone distinguishes the mystical figures in the stones. The canyon got its name because of the colorful view that opens to travelers from its bottom, from the old river bed.
The famous Ras Mohammed, which is about 25 km from Sharm – it’s an amazing place for diving, and marine life is the richest and most diverse in the whole country.
Nature lovers should definitely visit protected areas, of which there are three near Sharm el-Sheikh. The first is the famous Ras Mohammed, which is located about 25 km from Sharm el-Sheikh. This is a wonderful place for diving and the marine life is the richest and most diverse in the whole country. In addition, due to seismic activity, the bottom is covered with cracks and a variety of interesting formations. And on the territory of the reserve there is the Magic Bay: it has extremely salty water, very, as they say, useful. On the land around – no less interesting inhabitants, including storks and other birds, whose migration routes pass through Ras Mohammed.
As much as diving enthusiasts would love to stay in Ras Mohammed longer, no hotels can be found here: their construction in the protected area is prohibited by state decree in 1983.
Nabq Park is located northeast of Sharm and is the largest nature park in Sinai. In the 1990s, it was added to the Ras Mohammed area, but is still perceived as a separate attraction. It is a birdwatching paradise: thanks to the mangroves in “Nabqa” an amazing number of birds nest. The park also owns part of the coast where you can snorkel or scuba dive to see the remains of a shipwreck.
Ras Abu Galum National Park is located near Dahab, near the Sinai Mountains. It is a long way to get here, but the local scenic landscape is worth it. On the territory of 500 hectares is unusual for Egyptian climate, as much as possible similar to the classic Mediterranean. Therefore, in the “Ras Abu Galum” around the freshwater ponds grows a variety of flora, including more than 40 endemics.
Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt – The Best Sights
Attractions in Sharm el Sheikh are not only nightclubs, restaurants and bars, but also national parks, a beautiful underwater world and the Old City.
Sharm el-Sheikh is the second most popular resort in Egypt, located in the southeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula. Each year, this place is visited by more than 1 million tourists. Despite the relatively young age of the city, there are several interesting sights that will be of interest to many travelers.
Below you will find a list of the 8 most interesting places to see in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Ras Mohammed is a national park in Sharm el-Sheikh, known for its beautiful landscape and many natural attractions. This place is in many ways unusual because tourists can see here as the underwater world of Egypt (i.e. to dive into the Red Sea), and just walk along well-groomed paths.
More information about the reserve can be found on this page.
Soho Square and the Singing Fountain
Soho Square is one of the central squares of Sharm El Sheikh, known for the abundance of lighted garlands, sculptures and a singing fountain. There are always a lot of tourists in this part of town, but the maximum number of people come here in the evening to enjoy the show.
Vacationers say the singing fountain in SoHo Square is an interesting and picturesque place, but it does not differ from similar attractions in other countries. It’s not worth the trip just to see the show. However, if you are in the area, you can take a look at the show.
Location: White Knight Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh.
The Old Market of Sharm El Sheikh is a shopping mall located near the newest mosque in the city of Al Sahaba. It is extremely crowded, and most of the buyers are tourists. Locals almost never shop here, because the prices are higher than average.
In total there are about 300 stalls where you can buy at the market:
Markets in Eastern countries are not only rows of shops where you can buy something, but also places where you can relax, watch performers or see trained snakes. Foreigners should come here not just for shopping, but for the atmosphere and good mood.
Some useful tips:
- Do not buy in the stores at the entrance of the bazaar. The further into the Old Town you go, the lower the prices.
- Be sure to haggle because they are exorbitantly priced.
- At one of the oil and perfume stalls.
- Open from morning till midnight (each shopkeeper works as long as he/she likes).
- Location: Sharm el Sheikh, Sharm el Maya, Old Town area.
Naama Bay is a favorite vacation spot for tourists and locals. It is rapidly developing and in just a few years has transformed from a small village by the sea into the tourist center of Sharm el-Sheikh.
In fact, it is a mini-city that has everything for a comfortable holiday: a lot of stores and boutiques, cafes and restaurants with national cuisine, nightclubs and bars, hotels and guest houses. Here you can find the best diving centers and offices of leading travel companies in Egypt.
Naama Bay has five beaches, which are clean and beautiful. All of them are free – the only thing you have to pay is to rent a deck chair or umbrella. For an overview of other beaches in the resort, see this page.
Most people come out to Naama Bay in the evening to walk along the promenade and look at the evening Sharm el Sheikh. Toward midnight, a temporary market opens with artisans selling their wares: paintings, panels, Egyptian pyramid figurines and leather goods.
Read more about diving in Sharm el-Sheikh here, and on one of the best reefs in the world near the resort in this article.
Coptic Orthodox Church
The Coptic Church is one of the original buildings, known as the only Christian church in the city. Tourists should see this attraction of Sharm el-Sheikh, because here the guests are treated extremely favorably, and do not seek to make more money on them.
The Coptic Church is worth visiting not only for believers but also for those who simply want to learn as much as possible about this branch of Christianity.
A detailed description of the temple with photos you will find in this article.
Among the things to see in Sharm el-Sheikh on your own is El Mustafa, one of the newest mosques that appeared on the city map in 2006. The attraction is located in the northern area of Delta Sharm, which makes it far from everyone to get here.
The mosque is built in the shape of a square and flanked by two carved minarets of gray marble. At nightfall, the mosque is illuminated, making it look snow-white. Around the monument laid out a large park with benches, small arbors and beautiful flower beds.
Everyone can visit El Mustafa, but you have to observe the following rules:
- Entrance for men and women is separate, and men can explore the main hall, and women can explore the rooms on the second floor.
- It is necessary to take off your shoes.
- The main mass of believers comes to the mosque in the afternoon, so travelers are better to come here in the morning – so you can not only look at all the details of the interior, but also be able to take a couple of pictures.
- Remember about the dress code.
If you are lucky, the muezzin (the same as a church minister in Christianity) can give a free tour of the mosque and tell unexpected facts about the history of Islam. It is interesting that many of the volunteers working at this site in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, know Russian.
- Working time: 8.00-20.00.
- Location: South Sinai Governorate, Sharm el-Sheikh, Hay Al-Nour area.
Dolphin Park is one of the most famous dolphinariums in Egypt, located in the center of Sharm El Sheikh. There are regular performances, as well as the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.
Reviews of travelers are contradictory. Most remain delighted with the quality shows and the opportunity to take pictures with dolphins, but this institution has several significant disadvantages.
First, the water in the pool can sometimes be very cold, and if you have already paid to swim with a dolphin, you will not get a refund. Secondly, suits, which are issued to all visitors, you have to put on immediately after the previous person takes it off – this is not very nice, and, in addition, to put on already wet clothes is problematic.
Thirdly, many visitors say that the declared 15 minutes of swimming with a dolphin is not true – most of this time is spent on posing in front of the camera and taking videos.
Finished photos and video are charged separately. One picture costs $8, a video (15 minutes) costs $35.
Opening hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hollywood Sharm El Sheikh Park
Hollywood Sharm El Sheikh is a famous and once very popular amusement park in Sharm El Sheikh, which is now going through its not good times. There are a lot of sculptures of characters from American movies and a lot of small cafes, slot machines and a concert stage where artists perform in the evenings.
Once the most popular club in Sharm el-Sheikh, located in the park, has closed for more than three years, and the flow of people slowly but surely dries up. As for the singing fountains, now they do not turn on full power, so the spectacular show is not possible.
Travelers recommend to go to Hollywood Sharm El Sheikh, if you are nearby – it makes no sense to go to this place purposefully.
Opening hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Cost: 6 dollars.
- Location: Peace Road, Sharm El Sheikh.
- Official site: http://hollywoodsharm.com
Sharm el-Sheikh is surrounded on all sides by the desert, and the trip to this natural area is incredibly popular. You can go on your own, but it is much more interesting to go with a professional guide, who will tell a lot of interesting information and will not let you get lost.
One of the most popular tours in the desert is a safari on quad bikes or buggies. The trip lasts only a few hours, so tourists do not have time to get tired of the heat. The approximate plan of the trip is as follows:
- 09.00 – boarding the bus in Sharm el-Sheikh;
- 09.40 – arrival to the base in the desert, boarding on quad bikes (buggies);
- 10.00 – drive on quad bikes to Bedouin village;
- 10.30 – breakfast in the village (tasting of Bedouin tea and traditional Egyptian dishes);
- 11.00 – return to the base by ATV;
- 12.20 – arrival in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Cost: $15 for ATV and $35 for a buggy ride.
Perhaps the most atmospheric and interesting excursion program, allowing a day to turn into a Bedouin and travel on camels.
- 7.30 – Departure from Sharm el-Sheikh by minibus;
- 8.30 – Arrival to the Color Canyon, walk;
- 10.00 – arrival by minibus to Bedouin village, rest and tasting of local teas;
- 11.00 – camel ride along the Red Sea to the coral reefs;
- 11.30 – snorkeling (masks provided);
- 13.00 – lunch;
- 14.00 – arrival in Dahab, shopping;
- 18.00 – arrival in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children.
This is one of the least known, but certainly very interesting excursions from Sharm el-Sheikh. Trip plan:
- 07.30 – boarding the bus (or jeep);
- 10.00 – arrival in the area of “The Lost Land” (it is a section of the desert, located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level);
- 10.00-13.00 – long walk during which you will see rocks of unusual shape, long tunnels through the canyon walls, dunes and ancient rock paintings;
- 13.30 – lunch at Bedouin’s;
- 14.30 – arrival in Sharm el-Sheikh.
This is an excursion from Sharm el-Sheikh, where you can look at the starry sky and enjoy the silence of the desert. The trip begins at 6 pm and ends at sunrise:
- 6 p.m. – boarding the bus;
- 19:30 – arrival in the desert, stopping near the base where there is a telescope;
- 20.00 – Bedouin dinner;
- 21.00-03.00 – stargazing and “excursion” to “sights” of Sharm El Sheikh sky.
Please note that you should bring warm clothing, as it is cold at night in the desert.
Mandatory conditions for all of the above excursions are:
- comfortable clothing and shoes;
- swimwear (relevant to the second tour);
- It is recommended to take a handkerchief, if you will go on quad bikes in the desert.
In addition to the above excursions, very popular are boat trips with a transparent bottom – so those who do not want or can not dive into the water, will be able to see all the beauties of the underwater world.
Attractions in Sharm el Sheikh are very diverse, so will be of interest to different categories of tourists.
Prices on the page are listed in March 2020.
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