When I think about Egypt, beautiful beaches, amazing scuba diving spots, and gorgeous mountains aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. But the country has some of the most pristine and beautiful areas for diving and outdoor adventure in the world. Forget the desert and pyramids, here are 15 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh for a spectacular vacation.
1. Stay At Iberotel Palace
Situated along the sandy beach of Sharm El Maya Bay, the Iberotel Palace with its Pharao Club is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Sharm El Sheikh. You can relax by the pool, take a dip in the ocean or enjoy a meal at the restaurant.
2. Relax On A Tiran Island Snorkelling Cruise
If your idea of a great day out is sunbathing on sandy beaches, swimming in refreshing water and snorkelling then Do Something Different’s Tiran Island Snorkelling Cruise is for you. You’ll get to snorkel at two to three different sites and just relax on the boat.
3. Go Quad Biking In The Sinai Desert
Head up and over dunes on quad bikes with Sharm Excursions. After a short drive to the desert, you can put your pedal to the metal and zoom across the Sinai Mountains. You can then enjoy cruising through the plains of Sharm El Sheikh before enjoying Egyptian tea in a Bedouin tent.
4. Have A Steak At Casa Mia
Situated at the Sultan Gardens Resort Sharm el-Sheikh, Casa Mia serves the finest Italian beef fillet steaks. From the decor to the food (they also have an antipasto buffet, pasta and pizza), you will be transport to the middle of Italy.
5. Be Amazed On A Glass Bottom Boat Trip
If you aren’t the biggest fan of getting into the ocean, then the Do Something Different Glass Bottom Boat Trip is for you. You’ll be able to see sharks, tropical fish, coral, and enjoy yourself without putting a foot into the water. It’s perfect for the elderly and young children.
6. Relax At Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort
With its own private beach and onsite dive centre, Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. If you do decide to venture out for a day, the hotel is perfectly located near the Il Mercato shopping mall and the Old Market.
7. Take A Camel Safari
No trip to Egypt is complete with out a camel ride through the desert with Do Something Different Tours. Starting at the camel station, you’ll trek across the beautiful Egyptian desert, stopping along the way to take in the views and take a few photos. Before you know it you’ll arrive at a Bedouin camp where you’ll take your seat around the fire and enjoy a traditional dinner, singing and dancing.
8. Scuba Dive At Jolanda Reefs
On the southern tip of Ras Mohammed Nature Reserve is the Jolanda Reefs. One of the most popular dives in the Red Sea, the reefs have a variety of bright corals, fish and the remains of a Cypriot freighter that sank in 1980. This 40m dive is for advanced divers and you can only access with Aqua Tours.
9. Enjoy The Sunrise From Mount Sinai
Starting at Saint Catherine Monastery, the sunrise three and a half hour hike with Get Your Guide is definitely something that you’ll remember forever. Mount Sinai is famous because it is the place where Moses is said to have received the 10 Commandments from God.
10. Chill Out At Farsha Cafe
With a 180 degree view of the Red Sea, Farsha Cafe is considered one of the most chilled out cafes in Sharm el Sheikh. Located in El Faraa’na Hotel, the cafe serves a variety of drinks including beer, coffee, and some light meals.
11. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping At Aqua Park Sharm el Sheikh
Get wet and wild and take a day trip to Aqua Park with Sharm Excursions. With over 30 slides including a mushroom slide, a twisty slide, and a free fall, you can spend the whole day slashing around at this theme park.
12. Explore Nabq Protected Area
Just 35km north of Sharm El Sheikh is this stunning area that contains natural ecosystems. The protected area has limited camel access and prohibits vehicles, making the area well-preserved.
13. Visit St. Catherine’s Monastery
Built between 548 and 565, St. Catherine’s Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest Christian monasteries that is still being used. The city around the monastery is called Saint Katherine City and was named after the monastery.
14. Take An Excursion To The Coloured Canyon
Spend a day in a 4-wheel drive exploring the desert for 120 kilometres to the amazing Coloured Canyon with Do Something Different tours. The canyon reaches heights of 40 meters and has fantastic colors including yellows, purples, reds and golds.
15. Have A Drink At Camel Bar
One of the most popular bars in Sharm El Sheikh, Camel Bar is a great venue to watch big sports games, sing karaoke and just enjoy a beer or two. There is also a live bands that performs during sundowners.