Sharm El Sheikh Full Complete Traveling Guide

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Surrounded by a crystal-clear, deep-blue sea and a breath-taking desert landscape, Sharm el-Sheikh has developed into one of the most popular holiday destinations in Egypt. Come here to relax in one of the many well-developed tourist resorts, or dive at the area’s unique coral reefs.

But ’Sharm’ is far more than just a resort town. It is also an ideal spot to discover real Egyptian culture and to travel to the neighboring historic sites such as the renowned Mount Sinai.Sharm el-Sheikh – “Sharm” for short – is one of the fastest developing holiday resorts in Egypt. What was a sleepy village less than two decades ago, is now a buzzing tourist destination with some 35,000 inhabitants.

Its rocky mountains, beautiful deep-blue sea and its breath-taking desert landscape makes it a popular sight for globetrotters from across the world.

Situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm is an area of beaches and resorts stretching some 30 kilometers, with Naama Bay forming the main tourist center.

Even if you do not want to spend your entire holiday on stunning Red Sea beaches, there are still plenty of reasons to come here. Sharm gives you a taste of real Egyptian life and culture, and serves as a base to visit some of the historic sites that surround it. Its crystal-clear water and unique sea life have also made Sharm one of the finest diving spots in the world.

Sharm has become one of the top global destinations for snorkelers and divers thanks to its beautiful and diverse sea life, and its sandy beaches have become very popular with holidaymakers.

Naama Bay is by far the most popular of them, and its long, sandy beach is a favorite among swimmers and sun bathers. It is buzzing with life thanks to its many restaurants and shops. Come here to try out the Bungee catapult or take up horse riding sessions.

If you prefer it more quiet, spend a day at Nabq Bay, which is situated outside of the main tourist area, or spend a day on Sharks’ Bay, about a 20-minute taxi ride from NaamaBay.

Ras Um Sid, located west of Naama, is great for snorkeling. Situated about5 minutes’ drive from Sharm, it is famous for its stunning coral reefs and boasts an impressive cliff.

If you are interested in diving, Sharm El-Maya should be your point of reference. The bay, located near Sharm’s Old Town area, is home to a number of diving centers that will show you the best waters in Sharm. When picking a diving school, however, make sure the school has been accredited by a professional diving association.

 

Ice Skating

It may sound strange, but Sharm does have its very own ice skating spots like the El Salam Ice Skating at Concord El Salam Hotel. Come here to show your ice skating skills and let your kids enjoy a good time.

Address: White Knight Beach, Sharm el Sheikh
Internet: www.sharmelsheikh.concorde-hotels.com
More Info: Located at Concord El Salam Hotel

 

Mount Sinai

According to Christian belief, it was on Mount Sinai that Moses received the Ten Commandments, making it a popular spot for pilgrims from across the world. The mountain, also called Mount Moses, is more than 2,200 meters high and can be ascended via the Path of Moses, a stairway of nearly 4,000 steps, or by a second path east of the St. Catherine Monastery. Once you have reached the peak where the Chapel of the Holy Trinity lies, enjoy the breath-taking views of the Sinai Desert.

Monastery of St. Catherine Nestled at the foot of Mount Sinai, the monastery was built for Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565 AD. It later took the name of St. Catherine of Alexandria, whose remains are buried there. Today, the monastery houses a priceless collection of art pieces including religious ornaments, beautiful mosaics and a vast collection of illuminated manuscripts.

 

Ras Mohamed National Park

This stunning national park lies some 30 kilometers south of Sharm El-Sheikh, at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Spread over 480 square kilometers, this desert terrain is home to a number of exotic mammal species, birds and reptiles. Make sure you do not miss the colorful coral reefs.

 

Tiran Island

This beautiful island, located in the Gulf of Aqaba between Sharm El Sheikh and Saudi Arabia, boasts stunning coral reefs and lagoons, making it the perfect paradise for snorkelers and divers. To get there, you can catch a boat from the southern side of Naama Bay.

 

Nabq National Park

This impressive natural reserve comprises 600 square kilometers, boasting a diverse animal and plant life. Here you can see Nubian ibexes, foxes and gazelles.

 

Old Town

The Old Town of Sharm was developed as recently as the 1960’s. As it is not part of the region’s major tourist areas, this is where many of the locals live, and it will give you a feeling of Egyptian culture. Its Old Market is popular with bargain hunters, as goods here are generally cheaper than in the tourist centers such as Naama Bay. The beach here is rather small, but still worth a visit.

 

Aqua Park

This Aqua Park can be found at the Aqua Blue Hotel. The water park includes 32 water games and 9 swimming pools with smaller pools and slides for the younger kids.

Address: El Khazan Street, Hadaba, Sharm el-Sheikh.

 

Cleo Park

Cleo Park was the first themed water park to ever open in Sharm El Sheikh. It is located at Naama bay and offers you a new generation of adventurous rides and a fun experience.

Address: Cleo Park, Naama bay, Sharm el-Sheik
Phone: +20 69 360 4400
Internet: www.cleopark.net
Email: info@cleoparkegypt.com

 

Soho Square

The Soho Square is a complete family entertainment center. Here you can find restaurants, cafés, bars and a plethora of entertainment for everyone such as bowling, ice skating, a journey through the Egyptian history on a 180 degree display.

Address: White Night Beach, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +2 01000 109109
Internet: www.soho-sharm.com
Email: mail@soho-sharm.com
More Info: In front of Savoy Hotel

 

Ghibli Raceway

Ghibli Raceway is a well-renowned provider of international motor sport to the Middle East. Feel the adrenaline surge for the need of speed at the biggest go-kart track in Egypt.

Address: Naama Bay, Peace Road, Sharm el-Sheik
Phone: +20 69 360 3939
Internet: www.ghibliraceway.com
Email: info@ghibliraceway.com
More Info: Near Hyatt Regency

 

United Submarine

At United Submarine you can discover the underwater world, with no need for swimming or diving skills. United Submarines offers a great opportunity to see the underwater world of the red sea up close. Five semi submarines run daily tours.

Address: Hadaba, villa 220 Ard El Mazad, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 3662 252
Internet: www.unitedsubmarines.com

 

DINING

 

El Masrieen

El Masrieen is a restaurant that offers good oriental and Egyptian food at adorable prices. This place especially famous for its tasty grills.
Address: No.15 Old market, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 199 685 383

 

Fares

Fares is ideally located in the Old Market and is one of the most popular restaurants in the Old Market. They serve fresh and tasty seafood dishes at decent prices.
Address: The Old Market, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 693 664 270

 

Jolie Ville restaurants

At the Jolie Ville resort there is a big selection of eateries. Here you can find The Seagull, an à la carte restaurant, the French La Fleur, a Beach Bar and Restaurant where you can enjoy barbecue for both lunch and dinner, and many more.
Address: Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 3600100
Internet: www.jolieville-hotels.com
More Info: Jolie Ville Resort

 

Pomodoro

Pomodoro can be found at the Camel Hotel and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner menu features Italian grilled meat, fish dishes, and home-made pizza. The terrace is cooled by fans and mist in summer and heated in winter.
Address: Centre of Na’ama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 3600 700
Internet: www.cameldive.com
More Info: Camel Hotel

 

Rangoli

Rangoli Indian restaurant can be found at the Moevenpick Resort in Naama Bay and offers traditional Indian food like hot naans and tandoori. The view of the bay from here is just great, perfect for romantic one-on-ones.
Address: Naama Bay, El Salam Rd., Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 360 0081
Internet: www.moevenpick-hotels.com
More Info: At Moevenpick Resort

 

The Blue Fountain

The Blue Fountain offers a varied menu with dishes like seafood, salads and much more. Here, the steaks are claimed to be just great, the service to be excellent and the atmosphere truly inviting.
Address: 1 Market Square, Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 114 400 4401
More Info: Beside Rear Exit of Carrefour

 

Fusion 21

At Fusion 21 you can enjoy Mediterranean dishes out in the open air. This trendy restaurant offers a great atmosphere and is a good choice if you like Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by refreshing cocktails.
Address: Soho Square, Sharks Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Opening hours: 6.30 pm-1 am
Phone: +20 010 0010 9109
Internet: www.soho-sharm.com

 

Caligula Hot Rock

Caligula Hot Rock can be found at the Savoy Hotel. Here you can choose dishes from a varied and large menu. This is the perfect place to enjoy a good meal and a couple drinks.
Address: Soho Square, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 693 602 500
Internet: www.savoy-sharm.com
Email: mail@savoy-sharm.com
More Info: Located at Savoy Hotel

 

La Fleur

La Fleur is ideally located in Naama Bay and offers high quality dishes. This restaurant is highly recommended by its customers and the breakfast here is claimed to be outstanding.
Address: Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh

 

The Lounge

The Lounge is a combined bar and restaurant that offers an extensive menu and entertainment. Here you can not only enjoy great food, but also karaoke, quiz nights, live music and parties.
Address: Mall 6, Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 2 pm-3 am
Phone: +20 109 3639585

 

 

CAFES

 

Ali Baba Oriental Cafe

This stylish rooftop café offers a good selection of oriental coffees and teas as well as water pipes (Shishas) with a variety of tobaccos. You can pop by in the evening to watch the sun set.
Address: 1 Sonesta Circle, Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 360 0725
Internet: www.sonesta.com
More Info: Sonesta Beach Resort

 

Sultan Gardens

At the Sultan Gardens Resort there are many dining options. If you feel like a refreshing drink or coffee, you can relax, you are in good hands.
Address: Shark Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 60 2130
Internet: www.sultangardens.com

 

Makani Bakery

Makani Bakery serves a wide variety of homemade bread, sandwiches and puddings as well as sushi. You can decide to eat in or take away.
Address: Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Internet: www.divine-worx.com

 

Vanilla

Relax at Vanilla on the terrace, a comfortable chill-out zone with water pipes. You can choose from a range of tasty treats like ice cream, iced coffees and smoothies.
Address: Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 360 0700
Internet: www.cameldive.com
More Info: Camel Hotel

 

Charleston Bakery

The food at Charleston Bakery is claimed to be spot on. Here you can enjoy everything from filled doughnut to chocolate fudge cake.
Address: IL Mercato, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 366 6318

 

BARS & NIGHTLIFE

 

The Sunset Bar

Enjoy a beautiful view of the Tiran Islands in the Red Sea waters while quenching your thirst with a refreshingly exotic cocktail. The bar is based within the Hilton complex in Sharks Bay.
Address: Ras Nusrani, Sharks Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Opening hours: 10 am-10 pm
Phone: +20 69 360 3333
Internet: www.hilton.com
More Info: Hilton Sharks Bay Resort

 

Pirate’s Bar

This bar has a strong nautical theme, with fishnets and compasses decorating the walls. It is particularly popular with foreign visitors thanks to the large selection of imported draught beers from Ireland, Germany, and Scotland. Find it next to the reception of the Hilton Fayrouz Resort.
Address: Peace Road, Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 360 0136
Internet: www.hilton.com
More Info: Hilton Fayrouz Resort

 

Bus Stop

Shaped like a big red bus, Bus Stop is a popular pre-party venue for the Pacha Nightclub. Here you can chill-out with a cool beverage and absorb the R&B and soul beats.
Address: Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 600 1978
More Info: Sanafir Hotel

 

Pacha Nightclub

Pacha Nightclub is arguably the most well-known club in Sharm El-Sheikh, and a big one too. This is a great place to chill-out with a cool beer at the pool party bar, play in the foam zone or get your groove on at the dance floor. If it gets too hot, cool down in the on-site swimming pool.
Address: Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 360 0197
Internet: www.pachasharm.com
More Info: Sanafir Hotel

 

Hard Rock Cafe

The Sharm affiliate of the well-known American chain comes stuffed with Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia as usual. Its menu is dominated by main stream Western dishes such as chicken wings, onion rings and hamburgers. This place also serves alcohol.
Address: Naama Promenade, Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 360 2664
Internet: www.hardrock.com

 

Camel Bar & Roof

The Camel Bar & Roof is one of the most popular bars where you can watch big sports games and live bands. They serve tasty snacks and have a full drinks menu, including cocktails and shooters.
Address: Naama bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 3600 700
Internet: www.cameldive.com
More Info: Camel Hotel

 

Little Buddha

This could be one of the most stylish venues in town, boasting a fishy, futuristic décor. Order a drink at Buddha’s illuminated bar counter, then sit down on one of the soft sofas spread across the lounge area or dance to the resident DJs’ rhythmic house beats.
Address: Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 360 1030
Internet: www.littlebuddha-sharm.com
More Info: Naama Bay Hotel

 

Space

One of the prime nightclubbing locations in the area, Space is a high-end venue with three different rooms are available for guests, including an outdoor lounge.
Address: Space Sharm, Sharm el-Sheikh
Internet: www.spacesharm.com

 

SHOPPING

 

Old Market

Bargain hunters should go to the Old Market in down town Sharm, which is also the best location in the area to buy classical Egyptian souvenirs. Why not buy a traditional water pipe here?
Address: Old Market, Sharm el-Sheikh

 

SOHO Square

Shop till you drop in one of Sharm’s biggest shopping areas, with multiple boutiques selling everything from clothing to jewelry. Plenty of dining options are also available.
Address: Soho Square, Sharm el-Sheikh
Internet: www.soho-sharm.com

 

Genena City

Genena City is a recent addition to the city’s shopping scene. With its stores, boutiques and entertainment options, this mall will surely keep you occupied for quite a while.
Address: Peace Road, Sharm el-Sheikh
Internet: www.genenacity.com

 

La Strada Shopping Center

Not only a variety of stores and boutiques, but also plenty of cafes to sit down for a quick break awaits you at this shopping center. Don’t be hesitant to bargain – it is well expected.
Address: Sharm El-Sheikh Peace Road, Nabq Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh.

 

Secret of Egypt

Secret of Egypt is the place to go if you’re looking to shop for natural cosmetics of all kinds, be it body oils, creams or perfumes. The owner himself frequently advises shoppers, and the quality of the products is known to be superb.
Address: Soho Square Shop E1, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 128 238 3442

 

Il Mercato

A great spot not only for shopping, but also going on an evening promenade – the atmosphere is much more relaxed than at other Sharm malls, and the architecture of the mall is nice to look at.
Address: Hadaba, Um el Sid, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 112 629 9922

 

Sharm El Sheikh International Airport

 

The Sharm El Sheikh International Airport is located about 18 kilometers from the city. To get to the city you can either go by bus, taxi or car. There are regular bus services and the journey takes about 15 minutes. The taxi ranks can be found next to Terminal 1. Some hotels also offer bus transfers, as do tour operators.
Address: Sharm El Sheik International Airport, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 69 360 1141
Internet: www.sharm-el-sheikh-airport.com

 

Public transport

 

Bus

From Old market to Hadaba or Naama.      (1.25 LE)

From Old market to Nabq.                           (3.25 LE)

From Nabq to Naama.                                  (2.00 LE)

Taxi

From Old market to:

Hadaba: 10 LE

Naama: 15 LE

Hollywood: 20 LE

Soho: 40 LE

Airport: 50 LE

Nabq: 60 LE

From Nabq to:

Nabq: 10 LE

Soho: 20 LE

Hollywood: 35 LE

Naama: 40 LE

Hadaba: 60 LE

Airport: 25 LE

“Be careful if the driver asks for over price”.

 

Currency

 

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Pharmacy

Ask at your hotel for the nearest pharmacy or call for advice and more information.

Omar Pharmacy Chain has pharmacies at several locations around the city

Omar Pharmacy:
Address: Sultan Kabous Street, Sharm el-Sheikh
Phone: +20 693 600 830
Internet: www.omarandomarpharmacy.com

 

Telephone

Country code:

+20

Area code:

069

 

Electricity

220 volt

 

Emergency numbers

Emergency: 123

Police: 126

Fire Brigade: 180

 

Main Tourism Office

Sharm El Sheikh

Open: 8 am-8 pm

+20 69 366 4721

 

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