The picture-perfect seaside city of Sharm-El-Sheikh is located in the southern region of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. The destination is well known for its scenic beauty accentuated by the Red Sea and the mountainous appeal of St.
Catherine and Mount Sinai. The City of Peace, as it’s often referred to, is a popular holiday destination among travellers visiting Egypt. Read on to know about some of the major attractions of this peaceful and scenic city.
Ras Mohammed National Park
A must-visit attraction, the Ras Mohammed National Park is a nature reserve sprawling across nearly 480 square kilometres of serene deserts, pearly white beaches, and several exotic dive and snorkelling sites such as Shark Reef, Anemone City, and Jackfish Alley. Here, you can explore the vivid waters of the Red Sea containing coral-reefs, over 1,000 species of fish, and a plethora of other aquatic creatures such as hammerheads, manta rays, and whale sharks. Visit its Main Beach for a memorable snorkelling experience, camp at the Khashaba Beach, swim at the Salt Lake, or relax by the Marsa Bareika. Besides, you may also explore the mangrove forests of the Mangrove Channel; there is sure a lot to do at the Ras Mohammed National Park.
One of the most popular attractions is the Naama Bay; a long, sandy natural bay in Sharm El Sheikh. The place teems with tourists, particularly in the evenings. Stroll along its fully developed shoreline along the well-paved walkway covered with bougainvillaea and oleander on the sides. The Naama Bay also contains local bazaars, restaurants, bars, and ‘Sheesha’ cafes.
Saint Catherine’s Monastery
Travellers should visit the historical site of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, which is located at the foot of Mount Sinai. Explore this ancient monastery, which is considered to be one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. It is also a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and has the oldest operating library in the world.
Ras Um Sid Cliff
The Ras Um Sid Cliff is a very high cliff-top location with several hotels and links the Na’ama Bay to the bay of Sharm El Maya. Visit this region and marvel at its vibrant and abundant coral reefs that make it so popular.
Sharm El Maya
Visit the Sharm El Maya, or the old town of Sharm El Sheikh. It is a stunning bay, which acts as a natural harbour. Check out its beach area, which has been recently developed and boasts several 5 star hotels.