Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Sharm el-Sheikh is an Egyptian seaside resort overlooking the north coast of the Red Sea and it definitely is the most famous and most sought-after tourist destination in all of Egypt. In fact, it enjoys an optimal position able to satisfy the tastes of every visitor, so if you are a lover of the sea and diving and water sports, or you like nature and discovery, or you are intrigued by the fascinating desert environment, in Sharm el-Sheikh you will be able to find everything you are looking for: relaxation, nature, sport and adventure.
Here is a collection of useful information for your trip to Sharm el-Sheikh!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 7 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Sharm el Sheikh: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a vacation in Sharm el Sheikh cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments
  8. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 73.000
  • Languages: Arabic, English, Italian
  • Local currency: Egyptian pound (€ 1,00 = £ 7,61)
  • Weather: subtropical desert climate
  • vaccinations: No vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Passport with residual validity of at least 6 months or, only for tourism, identity card valid for expatriation with passport photo necessary to obtain the visa to be requested upon arrival at the border authorities.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is


    Sharm el-Sheikh is a seaside resort in Egypt. It is located precisely in the western part of the country located in the extreme south of the Sinai Peninsula, where it directly overlooks the Red Sea.



    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: Sharm el-Sheikh is very well connected to Italy and can be reached in a few hours thanks to the presence of numerous direct Air Italy flights departing from Milan. From Rome, on the other hand, the airlines that lead to Sharm el-Sheikh are mainly Turkish Airlines and Egypt Air, but both make a stopover that extends the journey by a couple of hours, respectively to Istanbul and Cairo.
      Compare flights from Rome or Milan - from € 193,76
    • From the main European capitals: Egypt's national airline, Egypt Air, connects several European capitals to Sharm el-Sheikh, such as Paris and Amsterdam, so it won't be difficult to get there from wherever you are. In any case, however, you will make a stopover in Italy, usually in Milan, because Sharm el-Sheikh is the favorite destination for most of the Italians.
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    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: The climate in Sharm el-Sheikh is subtropical desert, therefore a dry climate characterized by the absence of humidity and rain. Temperatures fluctuate between 20 ° C and 30 ° C according to the seasons, with peaks of 40 ° C and 45 ° C in the summer months, while the sea temperature is around 25 ° C, dropping slightly during the winter.
    • Best time: April, October and November are the best months to enjoy the sea and the beach without experiencing excessive summer heat, but if strong heat is not a problem then summer is also a great time to go to Sharm el-Sheikh.
    • Period to avoid: Winter, from December to February, is not the best to go to Sharm el-Sheikh for beach life, because the sea temperature is slightly lower than usual and it could be a bit cool in the evening.
    • Advice: Don't forget to pack a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the strong rays of the sun. If you choose to go during the winter, bring a light jacket to use in the evening.

    7 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Naama Bay, is the largest and busiest beach in Sharm el-Sheikh. It is a long stretch of white sand bathed by the blue-turquoise sea, and being the most touristy, it is also very well equipped with everything and well equipped with restaurants and hotels. It also offers various services such as the rental of sports equipment for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
    2. Ras Um Sid, is a small beach but an excellent point to reach the coral reef and practice diving and snorkeling while admiring the colors of the Red Sea bottom.
    3. Ras Muhammad National Park, is a nature reserve that includes land and sea. Its terrain is partly desert, formed by small sand dunes, and partly features gravel plains and granite mountains. Here you can admire various animal species, among which there are rare examples of birds.
    4. Tiran Island, is an island off the coast of Sharm el-Sheikh belonging to the protected area of ​​the Ras Muhammad National Park. Visiting this island means enjoying the best diving in the area, as, being a protected area, you can observe a vast underwater ecosystem.
    5. The Fortress of the Pharaoh's Island, is located on this island in the Gulf of Aqba and dates back to the Crusaders who built it for reasons related to trade and economy. The fortress is in perfect medieval style and is characterized by towers and arched passages.
    6. The Colored Canyon, is formed by a succession of rocks with various shades of color and shapes shaped by the wind over the years. The Canyon is only accessible on foot and can be reached by jeep through deserted streets.
    7. The Blue Desert, is a desert area that has blue rocks in perfect contrast with the reddish sand. This is the perfect place to camp, practice climbing, relax and get away from it all.

    What to do in Sharm el Sheikh: excursions and tours

    How much does a vacation in Sharm el Sheikh cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Being a tourist resort, it has different prices and costs and a bit higher than the Egyptian average, but however, by Italian standards it is quite cheap. The things that cost very little are taxis, clubs and on-site activities proposed by agencies, but in general, even a stay in any hotel is very cheap.
    Take for example the period of greatest influx October / November during which a one week flight + hotel package in a tourist village with an all inclusive formula costs between € 700,00 and € 800,00.



    • Hotel and resort starting from € 38,00 per room -
    • starting from € 193,76 -
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