Once known as the ‘jewel’ in Egypt’s Red Sea crown, Sharm el-Sheikh suffered a huge downturn in tourism following a ban on direct flights from the UK in 2015.
Its fortunes look set to improve, however, now the British government has lifted flight restrictions and both Tui and EasyJet Holidays have announced plans to put the destination back on sale.
Once a popular resort for British holidaymakers, the news is a huge boost for the region’s economy. It’s also fantastic news for travellers, who will once again be able to enjoy the town and its surrounding area, which has plenty to offer.
With great diving and pretty beaches, we all know about Sharm el-Sheikh’s main draws, but there are plenty of other reasons why this family-friendly holiday destination deserves your consideration.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Surrounded by some of the world’s most incredible dive sites, this peninsula, with its glorious beaches and excellent off-shore snorkeling, put Sharm el-Sheikh on the tourist map. A trip here is a must-do for tourists to the region.
Hike up Mt. Sinai
Yes, that Mt. Sinai of Biblical fame can be explored on foot and you’ll find excursions direct to the site from the resort. Most tours travel overnight to reach the trailhead in the early hours of the morning so that hiking can be completed in the cool, dark hours. But the early start is worth it to watch the sun rise over the summit.
Sharm Old Market
For a slightly more authentic taste of Egyptian life, head to the Sharm Old Market, also known as Sharm al-Maya. In this bazaar you can shop traditional crafts, souvenirs, indulge in a little shisha smoking and grab a bite to eat at plenty of restaurants and cafes.
Thistlegorm dive site
Considered one of the best wreck dives in the world, the Thistlegorm was sunk during World War II by German bombers. Situated in the Straits of Gubal, off the western coast of the Sinai Peninsula, the ship still holds a cargo of jeeps, motorbikes, and armaments that never made it to British troops on the front line.
Day Trip to Saint Catherine’s Monastery
St. Catherine’s Monastery sits at the foot of Mt. Sinai, and is one of the oldest working monasteries in the world. It’s home a museum showcasing religious icons and ancient manuscripts and is a must for history-lovers.