- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Sharm el-Sheikh
Sharm el Sheikh is a city in Egypt also referred to as the “City of Peace” due to the many peace conferences held in here. But there’s truly a lot more to this city than simply being a city of peace. If you are eyeing to go to the land of the Pharaohs, there is definitely no reason why you exclude Sharm in your places-to-visit list.
First off, it is one of the country’s best known locations for beach resorts. In fact, although the Egyptian government has worked so hard in the recent years to develop resorts in other areas, Sharm remains to be the leading Sinai tourist spot for beaches, and it is not very hard to know why.
For one, the city is a year-round resort. It’s hot during the summer but it is also warm and pleasant during the winter. An international airport is conveniently located here where both private and international charter flights can land. Why else would people not want to visit it, right?
Next, if you are an underwater-lover, you can also find your fill here. Between the areas of Tiran Island and Mohammed National Park is the world’s greatest underwater scenery. Crystal-clear water, amazing reefs, and an enormous variety of exotic fish you have never seen in your entire existence—all these you can enjoy even just by snorkeling off the coast! But if you wish to scuba dive, then no one’s going to stop you. There is an easy access to the historical Red Sea where the most interesting and prominent dive sites are situated. You can get there by boat. And if you wish to have some diving lessons first, you can also avail of some. Most diving amenities here including shops and boats are operated by Europeans.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Ras Mohammed National Park is what put Sharm el-Sheikh on the tourist map. Surrounded by some of the world's most incredible dive sites, this peninsula is home to glorious beaches with excellent snorkeling just offshore, the world's second most northerly mangrove forest, and a salt water lake. A trip here is a must-do for anyone staying in Sharm el-Sheikh. The best beaches are Old Quay Beach (with its top-notch coral reef easily reached from the shore) and Aqaba Beach. Travelers seeking a good view should head to the Shark Observatory cliff top right on the southern edge of Ras Mohammed where views stretch across both sides of the Red Sea.
Fringed by a white sand beach and swaying palm trees, Naama Bay is the epicenter of Sharm el-Sheikh's resort life. There are plentiful restaurants, cafés, and souvenir stores if you get bored of the sand, but Naama Bay is really all about the beach. A pedestrian-only promenade rims the entire beach area, backed by a cluster of luxury resorts. For those looking for a holiday full of sloth-like sunbathing, Naama Bay is one of Egypt's top choices. The entire beach area has excellent facilities including ample sun-shades and loungers, and the beachside cafés mean you don't even have to move from your patch of sandy bliss all day.
Jolanda Reef (also called Yolanda Reef) is one of the most popular dive sites in the northern section of the Red Sea and lies within the Ras Mohammed Marine Park. Divers flock here to explore the remains of the Jolanda, an old Cypriot freighter ship that ran aground in 1980. It's more than just a wreck dive though, as Jolanda Reef also encompasses the coral walls of Shark Reef with its huge numbers of fish life and enchanting coral gardens.
Ras Um Sid Beach and Reef
One of Sharm el-Sheikh's best beaches is Ras Um Sid, right at the southern tail of the town, near the lighthouse. Here, people slouch on the beach between snorkeling trips into the water where an excellent coral reef is just offshore. Further away from the sand, Ras Um Sid Reef is perfect for first-time forays into diving and is used as a try-dive site by many local dive operators. Even if you're just snorkeling, there is plenty of fish life to see.
Further north from Naama Bay is slightly more exclusive Shark's Bay, which has some of Sharm el-Sheikh's most luxurious five-star resorts and hotels clustered across its sweep of sand. This is where you head if you want total tranquility on your holiday. The recent Soho Square Centre in the area means you don't have to miss out on the buzz if you choose to stay here either. This entertainment center is packed full of top-dining restaurants and shops.