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Mosque in Sharm | © Rev Stan/Flickr
Mosque in Sharm | © Rev Stan/Flickr
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Top 10 Things To Do And See In Sharm El Sheikh

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Up until 1968, Sharm el-Sheikh was nothing more than a quiet fishing community. But in recent years, it has become one of Egypt‘s most popular beach resorts, with tourists coming from all parts of the world. Hot in the summer, while pleasant and warm in the winter, Sharm remains the leading tourist sport in the Sinai Peninsula. Just check out this mix of fantastic things to do and see!
Mosque in Sharm | © Rev Stan/Flickr
Mosque in Sharm | © Rev Stan/Flickr

Watersports

Undoubtedly Sharm el-Sheik is the watersports Mecca of Egypt: you name it, this resort has it. Get your flippers on and take a tour of Egypt’s coral reefs scuba diving. The Red Sea bottom is scattered with shipwrecks and its waters have some of the world’s most diverse marine life. You can also try kite surfing, waterskiing and windsurfing. And don’t worry if you’re not a confident swimmer – glass-bottomed boat trips are available in Sharm el-Sheikh at all times!

Watersports in Sharm | © David Arvidsson/Flickr
Watersports in Sharm | © David Arvidsson/Flickr

Ras Mohamed National Park

Located on the southern tip of Sinai, this nature reserve spreads out for 480 square kilometres. You will absolutely fall in love with the place the moment you get there for its untouched deserts, white-sand beaches and dive and snorkelling sites with some of the most exotic names going (Jackfish Alley, Anemone City and more), topped up by the 1,000 species of fish, 150 different crustaceans and families of turtles that flounder beneath the surface.

Ras Mohamed National Park, Sinai, Egypt

Na’ama Bay

Na’ama bay is the centre of all action in Sharm el-Sheikh. If you’re looking for a fun, relaxed day on the beach, close to all the action, consider spending your sunbathing sessions here. You are more likely to feel a Mediterranean vibe rather than an Egyptian one but many people head to Na’ama as it provides the perfect balance of relaxation and hedonism.

Na’ama Bay, Sharm El-Sheikh, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt

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Aqua Blue Water Park

If you’re traveling with little ones, spending the day at Aqua Blue is quite the treat. Located in Hadaba, this water paradise guarantees a fun-packed day for everyone. With its 44 water slides and games and 9 pools, the water park will make sure you get your adrenaline fix. Slides like Kamikaze and Black Hole will get your pulse racing, and kids under 12 will find a range of smaller slides just for them.

Aqua Blue Water Park, Sharm El-Sheikh, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt

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Al-Mustafa Mosque

If your travel plans in Sharm include some sightseeing and local assimilation, you will want to include a visit to Al-Mustafa Mosque. Its unique style and striking architecture make this worship sanctuary stunning, both inside and out. With a gorgeous marble facade, an impressive dome and several towering minarets, you will experience an overwhelming feeling of peace and calm when surveying this one.

Al-Mustafa Mosque, Sharm El-Sheikh, Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt

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The Heavenly Cathedral

The Heavenly Cathedral is Sharm’s newest and biggest Coptic church. Voted one of the world’s 10 most beautiful churches in 2010, when it was finished, it features impressive frescos and religious murals of Biblical scenes such as The Creation and The Exodus. Built in only two years, the cathedral is located in the Hay el Noor district, not far from the twin minarets of El Mustafa mosque. Prepare to be blown away by St John’s vision of The Apocalypse, which can be seen staring ominously down from the ceiling.

The Heavenly Cathedral, El Hay Noor, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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The Old Market

The Old Town, popularly known as the Old Market is a culturally rich and bustling place, full of color, sounds and scents. Extremely popular with locals, this is a great place to go shopping and soak in the atmosphere. Sharm’s most famous items are herbs and spices, and the Old Market has oodles of them! Shop keepers are extremely kind and usually happy to both explain and haggle when it comes to thier kaleidoscope of different goods!

Sharm Old Market, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Dolphinella

Head to the Dolphinella and enjoy one of the best marine experiences in town. Customers are usually picked up from their hotel in air-conditioned comfort and taken to the site, where they play and swim with three friendly dolphins, enjoying their company and experiencing the unforgettable feeling of coming closer to nature.

Dolphinella, El Kheima Beach, Old Sharm, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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Alexandro Cafe

The cherry on top of your experience in Sharm el-Sheikh is undoubtedly to be found at Alexandro’s, a traditional shisha bar that’s known as one of the best in the city. Sharm el-Sheikh has a variety of bars, but many feel the service and quality of shisha flavors offered at Alexandro’s far outweigh all of the others in the resort. So take your shoes off, lay back on the floor cushions, pick your flavor shisha and enjoy for as long as you wish.

Alexandro Cafe, Il Mercato, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, +20 102435510

Star Gazer Night

You can’t leave Sharm el-Sheikh without having at least once experienced a star gazing night excursion. This is set to be a fabulous evening of entertainment, fun for all ages, young or old. You will head out to the desert, where you’ll experience traditional Bedouin hospitality. The evening begins with an Egyptian feast in a candlelit tent. As the sun completely sets, your guide will take you out to some enormous telescopes, all set up for you to gaze into the uber-clear night sky, straight up at the Milky Way.