Holiday Jewel on the Sinai Peninsula

The tourist hotspot on the Sinai Peninsula entices with year-round summer temperatures, warm seawater and an impressive underwater world. Put simply: Sharm el-Sheikh ticks all the boxes for a fabulous beach holiday.

With 365 sunny days a year, there is no such thing as a “bad beach day” in Sharm el-Sheik. Besides relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of culture troves to explore. An excursion to Mount Sinai and to the Saint Catherine Monastery is a journey back in time, to when Moses received the Ten Commandments. Guided night treks to the 7496 ft. high summit are available for the energetically adventurous – who can expect to reap a magnificent sunrise.

Quick facts Sharm el Sheikh

Flight time

03:50 h

Distance

3120 km

Time difference

+ 1 hour CET

Exchange rate

CHF
1.00
=
EGP
16.83

Language

Arabic

A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 1.29

Hitting the shops

If climbing Mount Sinai sounds too strenuous, Na‘ama Bay offers an excellent alternative. The city centre is home to restaurants and shops selling a wide range of products, including exotic teas, extravagant jewellery and delightful souvenirs. The famed Egyptian hospitality is displayed at bargaining time, when shopkeepers serve potential buyers tea while negotiating the best price for both parties to the sale. The beachfront is lined with small bars and cafés where nights often stretch into the small hours of the morning.

Taking a dive

The Red Sea is renowned for its truly remarkable diving and snorkelling spots – and Sharm el-Sheikh is no exception. Many hotels have their own house reefs that feature a rich and colourful underwater world. The coral reef ecosystems in the Ras Muhammad National Park are particularly fascinating and are where scuba divers have a good chance of seeing large sea dwellers, such as blue-spotted rays or sea turtles. They might even spot a passing whale shark. What a treat to behold!

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