Located on the Southern Tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt there is a resort town called Sharm el-Skeikh. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Arab world and even despite the economic situation worldwide the numbers of tourists there have increased dramatically over the last few years.
Why is Sharm el-Sheikh such a desirable holiday destination? Here are five reasons to consider it for your next trip:
1. You Can Go On a Camel Trek
If trekking into the desert on a camel is on your bucket list you can make this dream come true here. Tour companies offer an overnight trip into the barren and surreal landscape, complete with a homemade meal prepared over a campfire. Far away from the city lights, the night sky over the desert is truly amazing to behold.
2. The Scuba Diving is Incredible
Scuba diving is one of the main attractions in Sharm el-Sheikh and the reefs of Ras Mohammed and Tiran are two of the best diving spots in the world. Due to the abundance of plankton in the water these is a dazzling amount of fish in all sizes shapes and colours. If you like wreck diving the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm is thought to be one of the best wreck dives in the world.
3. You Can Soak Up The Sunshine
Tired of the cold and grey days at home? The weather in this hot and sultry part of Egypt is almost always warm and you can soak up the heat during your visit. Make sure that you bring your sunscreen!
4. Old Town Sharm is Filled with History
The Old Town of Sharm el-Sheikh is filled with history and there are some buildings and caravan passages that are more than 2,000 years old. You can stroll through the local market and haggle with the sellers to get a great bargain.
5. Saint Catherine’s Monastery Is an Important Site
Located at the base of Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine’s Monastery is one of the oldest Christian monasteries on the planet that is still functioning and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is thought to be where Moses received the 10 commandments and it is considered a sacred site. Whether you are a religious person or not, seeing a building that was carved out of the rock between 548 and 565 is a truly impressive and humbling experience.
These are just a few of the reasons why you will love visiting Sharm el-Sheikh – so why not consider it for your next holiday?