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City Guide : Sharm El-SheikhA crystal clear and quite deep sea surrounds the city of Sharm El Sheikh completely. The desert that stretches along the Sinai Peninsula, suddenly gives way to the extremely pleasant view of the Red Sea. Thus, Sharm El Sheikh stands out as the holiday paradise of Egypt. Sharm El Sheikh is a unique location for not only a nice and pleasant vacation; but also for deep diving. It is just the perfect port to go to experience both the Egyptian culture and the magic of the Red Sea. The historical areas in close proximity to Sharm El Sheikh, especially Mount Sinai, give the city a whole different kind of richness.
The city of Sharm El Sheikh is also known by the shorter name of Sharm. Sharm, a fast developed city in every meaning of the word, used to be known as a port city where fishing was the main economic activity up; until quite recently. Sharm is a magical city surrounded by mountains and enveloping the sea. Acquiring the touristic prominence it deserves proved sufficient enough to make it a stop for travelers from all around the world.
The city which expands along the southern shore of the Sinai Peninsula, continues for 30 kilometers with beaches. Naama beach area stands out as the most important touristic center. Naama Beach should be noted not only for the opportunity to sunbathe; but also for opportunities for dining and shopping. You can try almost every kind of water sport at the beach, as well as horseback riding. Ras Um Sid, located west of Naama, is the most popular place for snorkeling. The unique beauties of the underwater, especially that of the coral reefs, are must-see.
Nabq Beach is one of the relatively calmer parts of the shore. Another beach that is somewhat outside of the main touristic locations is known as “Shark”. If it is a more professional diving experience you are seeking, Sharm El Maya should be the first place you head to.In this part of the sea side, in close proximity to the historical part of the city, you can find many places offering diving opportunities.
Of course, it is not only beaches that make Sharm El Sheikh attractive. In addition to the opportunities to dive, the historical and cultural texture is worth a visit with quite interesting examples.
Culture & Entertainment
Although the historical part of the city of Sharm El Sheikh has significantly developed in the 60s ; it still embodies the magical atmosphere of Egypt. Without a doubt, this historical area is the perfect place to start exploring cultural details. Although the beach here is smaller in size, it is a beauty to see.
Mount Sinai, famous for being the place where Moses received the 10 Commandments, is a pilgrimage site for those who share in this belief. This elevation, also known as Mount Moses, is 2,200 meters in height. One can get to and from the summit of the mountain through a 4,000 step staircase known as the “Path of Moses”. It is also possible to reach the summit through another way, located east of the St. Catherine Monastery. At the summit, a unique view of the Sinai Desert awaits you.
St. Catherine's Monastery is located right at the foot of Mount Sinai. The history of this monastery, built during the rule of Emperor Justinian I, reaches back as far as 500 AD. St. Catherine of Alexandria is believed to have been buried here. The document by which Prophet Muhammad granted protection to the monastery with a handprint is on display in the monastery. A small Fatimid Mosque was built within this monastery surrounded by fortresses; although it was never used as the qibla was not properly constructed. Very significant manuscripts in the library of the monastery survived to our time thanks to the dry environment of the desert. Reportedly, the number of manuscripts within the library- in Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Georgian, Asyrrian, and ancient Udi- exceeds that of the Vatican Library.The library is not open to visitors. The manuscripts were transferred onto microfilm and were opened to scholars by the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
Ras Muhammad is a very spectacular national park, located approximately 30 km south of the city of Sharm. In this 480 square kilometer area, which marks the southern extreme of the Sinai Peninsula, exotic mammals and birds await to be explored. Tiran Island and Nabq National Park should also be noted as places to see for exotic richness.
Food & DrinkSharm El Sheikh can be said to very well possess the wealth of seafood as any coastal city would be expected to. Shrimp and calamari are at the top of the list of foods you definitely should try. There are also many international restaurants located in the city. In addition to traditional Egyptian dishes, you can have your choice of dishes from different cuisines of the world; such as French, Thai, and Japanese.
The coast of Naama is definitely the heart of shopping. In addition to clothing stores, there is a noticeable number and variety of jewellery stores. The appearance of a lively nightlife is completed by stores that are open until late hours. However, it should be noted that shopping in this area will be relatively more expensive compared to other locations.
There is an old marketplace in the historical center of the city. This marketplace, where bargain priced products are sold, provides a shopping opportunity with relatively lower prices; compared to other parts of Sharm. The most popular souvenir item for tourists is hookah.
There are two shopping centers in the Nabq region called Al Khan and La Strada. The main shopping location of the region of Al Hadaba is Il Mercato.
Sharm el SheIkh: Pearl of the Red Sea Riviera
Sharm el Sheikh was a remote Bedouin fishing village with only the basics for simple living; clean, clear seas that are rich in fish and vast mountainous landscapes of red desert, sporadically dotted with green oases. To understand Sharm el Sheikh’s unique culture and development, it is essential to understand the spirit of Sinai. This remote land is regarded by many as a special place; perhaps it is the geographic diversity, or the difference of culture from mainland Egypt, or just simply because it holds an element of mystery imposed by the rich range of ancient artifacts found here.
As time moved on, Sinai as a region developed from sleepy little fishing towns and villages to a major five-star holiday destination. The metropolis stretches from the original Sharm el Sheikh village at the south to the Nabq area in the north, along a coastline fringed with coral reefs and warm blue waters and backed by the majestic Sinai Mountain range. As Sharm el Sheikh developed, so did the opportunities for alternative activities. Now the resort town offers a kaleidoscope of sports and pastimes, from historical tours to extreme sports, and from elegant dining to Bedouin dinners.
With year-round sunshine guaranteed, Sharm el Sheikh is the perfect playground, whether your idea of relaxation is to sunbathe on pristine beaches or one of the many boat charters, or with the desert at your doorstep to enjoy the multitude of activities that tempt you into the great desert hinterland. Sinai, and Sharm el Sheikh in particular, are known collectively as one of the top ten diving destinations in the world. SCUBA Diving is definitely the number one activity in this region. Perhaps one of the most famous shipwrecks in the Red Sea is the SS Thistlegorm, a Second World War supply ship sunk on the night of October 5-6, 1941 on the outskirts of the safe harborage point of Sha’ab Ali. This is an impressive wreck with open holds packed full of supplies. It really is awe-inspiring, and although it is an early start at around 5-6 a.m. from the jetty at Sharm el Mina it is well worth seeing. Most people automatically associate Sharm el Sheikh with diving, the sea, and the coral reefs. But turn around 180 degrees and you will find yourself looking at the majestic Sinai mountains. What lies beyond is the vast desert hinterland, made up of meandering wadis, sheer cliffs, and open plains. A trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery and Moses Mountain is a spiritual and rewarding experience. Mount Sinai is also referred as Jebel Musa. It is a 7,497-foot behemoth of a mountain, formed from some of the world’s oldest crystal, granite and rock formations. Jebel Musa first entered the books when it was convincingly argued that Moses stood on top of the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments.
To soak up a little of Egyptian culture, a walk around ‘Old Town’ is an interesting way to spend a couple of hours. Stroll through the streets and check out the spice shops with their piles of blue indigo, cardamom, and scented cinnamon sticks. Stop for a while in one of the many local coffee shops, where you will hear the clack of dice on backgammon boards. There is a definite buzz about the place with shopkeepers selling everything from spices to tourist souvenirs. The downtown area of Naama Bay offers a variety of restaurants from fine dining to cafes with delicious snacks and mezze. There is a high standard of international food and it is quite possible to try ‘around the world’ cuisines from Thai to Tandoori specialties, alongside French fusion cuisine and some of the best Italian restaurants.
A holiday to Sharm el Sheikh offers a rich tapestry of experiences. Sinai is steeped in history with a fascinating ancient Bedouin culture and sites dating back to the time of the Crusades. This historical backbone is cleverly combined with modern delights and an array of activities for every age. It’s up to us to enjoy this beautiful city...
EXOTIC AND DELICIOUS
There are many Parisian-style sidewalk cafes which are perfect for watching the world go by. Enjoy traditional foods or indulge your sweet tooth with melt-in-the-mouth sweets and homemade ice cream. Sharm el Sheikh will tantalize your taste buds with an explosion of flavors from the exotic to the extraordinary.
Apart from sea and desert excursions, Sharm el Sheikh has much more to offer. For younger families there are a number of themed water parks.
The resort also has two golf courses, one of which is a full 18 hole 72 par course, and there is even a chance to go ice skating.
Keen equestrians can indulge in the delight of riding a purebred Arabian horse either along the beach or out into the desert.
There are also small sailing boats available for hire; or you can check out water skiing and wakeboarding centers.
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The resort also offers many water sports and snorkeling excursions for non-divers. There are a number of accredited kitesurfing schools on the shallow, coral-fringed shallow of the north.
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|Address||Al Salam Road Viva Mall No:22 Sharm El Sheikh|
|Phone||0020 1064 840 107|
|Fax||+20 693665568 / 69|
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|Phone Code||:||+20 - 69|