A glittering beachfront city, Sharm-El-Sheikh has become a premium yachting destination due to its fantastic location on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, surrounded by sublime beaches, world-class diving, vibrant nightlife and opulent resorts.
With the awe-inspiring landscape of the Sinai Desert on one side and the irresistible sight of the Red Sea on the other, there is no mistaking why this once sleepy fishing village is attracting the world’s jet-set. Tracing a dazzling arc from Nabq Bay in the north to Maya Bay in the south, Sharm-El-Sheikh is where you will discover lively nights stretching into sun-filled days, and spirited pubs sitting alongside elegant restaurants.
You cannot elucidate the delights of this coastal city without mentioning the unbelievable world that waits beneath the waves. As one of the world’s true blockbuster scuba diving destinations, the warm waters of Sharm-El-Sheikh are home to a treasure trove of technicolour coral reefs, intriguing shipwrecks and bewitching marine life.
For sun-worshippers there are endless miles of gorgeous beach; some secluded some filled with energetic watersports, while luxury-lovers are well catered for in first-class hotels, slick shopping centres and indulgent spas. For a taste of Egypt’s more traditional side, a day spent ashore can include camel treks to the legendary intensity of the African desert.
For nightlife in Egypt, Sharm-El-Sheikh is hard to beat, offering visitors opportunities to sample everything from modern clubs and live music to belly dancing and folklore shows. As the sun sets, the seafront city continues to thrive with a multitude of clubs, shows and bars awakening from their slumber.
For the hottest spots, head to the main strip of Naama Bay where an absolute menagerie of brightly-lit bars, sidewalk cafes, glamorous cocktail lounges, and pumping dance-clubs demand attention. For something a little more low-key, there are an exceptional range of romantic boardwalk spots and beach restaurants for dining under the stars.
Naama Bay is also the place to head for first-class shopping, where the cobbled avenues support a growing number of stores perfect for finding glossy beachwear, local artworks and big designer names. To take home a more authentic slice of Egypt, browse the maze-like lanes of the souk in Old Sharm where aromatic spices, rugs, jewellery and pottery are piled high.