Crystal clear turquoise waters and palm tree-lined beaches for as far as the eye can see – welcome to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt's premier resort city. Perched on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, this wonderfully picturesque holiday paradise overlooks the Red Sea and boasts a sub-tropical climate – making it a haven for sun worshippers and water sport enthusiasts alike.
Sharm el-Sheikh has undergone large scale developments over the last few decades, having been transformed from a quiet fishing port into one of the region's most popular tourist destinations. The natural beauty of the city's surroundings remain its strongest asset, so much so that strict height limits are enforced on any new buildings in order to preserve the stunning views.
The ocean waters off the coast of Sharm el-Sheikh are home to over 200 coral reefs, ideal for scuba divers and snorkelers of all abilities. Breach the surface in any of the secluded bays along the coastline and you'll find yourself surrounded by bright colors and over 1,000 species of tropical fish darting in and out of the nooks and crannies of the lush reefs.
Water sports in general are hugely popular here, with average sea temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius adding to the appeal of activities such as water skiing, surfing and parasailing. Lessons, equipment hire and excursions are available from a range of local companies, many of which are linked to the city's many resorts.
If you prefer steering clear of the water, then rest assured Sharm el-Sheikh offers plenty of things to do on dry land. Embark on an adventure to the summit of Mount Sinai, just a few hours' drive north of the city, or explore the spectacular St Catherine's Monastery – the world's oldest Christian monastery.
Sharm el-Sheikh also boasts a wealth of restaurants, bars and shops that will keep you entertained both day and night.
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