If seeing some of the very best that Egypt has to offer is for you, then you'll love the resort area of Sharm-El-Sheikh Port. This popular tourist destination enjoys a warm climate, some of the nicest Red Sea beaches, and elements of ancient Bedouin culture. The Sharm-El-Sheikh cruise terminal is a modern facility that allows passengers easy access to taxis. Your cruise line might also provide transportation through a formal excursion.
The most popular shopping area is the souk, or open-air marketplace. You might need to do some bargaining to get the best prices, but it will be worth it. Fresh produce, spices, perfume, and souvenir items can be found in the souk's stalls. The local Bedouins sell a lot of their items here, and you won't want to miss out on their crafts. Some of the items they make include pottery, jewelry, and leather items. Sharm-El-Sheik's mall has several stores that specialize in books on the local area and designer clothing.
A duty-free store is found at the cruise terminal, and offers a good way to get gift items at decent prices. The resorts, which typically allow non-guests in on day passes, have gift shops that provide some good souvenirs to choose from.
Things to See
Ras Mohammad National Park has some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. This park is home to several protected bird-species. To help eliminate some some of the issues caused by cars, the park is reached by boat. The mangrove forests are a surprising sight in this area that's a desert. Nearby Naama Bay has a total of 250 coral reefs and over 100 species of fish. Diving expeditions are offered for all levels from beginning to advanced.
St. Catherine's Monastery is a favorite place for Christians from all over the world. It stands at the foot of Mt. Sinai and has an impressive burning bush plant that has been growing for at least hundreds of years. While there's a long walk to the top, the view from the summit is worth the effort.
The beaches and surrounding resort areas offer several sports opportunities. These including swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, horseback riding, golfing, and even bungee-jumping.
The local Bedouins are more than happy to extend hospitality to visitors. Several tour companies can arrange transportation to the tribes' camps in the desert. These visits often include generous meals, entertainment, and horseback or camel riding. The sky out in the desert is clear, and stars can be seen easily away from city lights.
Restaurants and Bars
Sharm-El-Sheik's heavy tourist trade allows for a great variety in restaurants available. The town is known for its great seafood. Several bars are also in the area, as well as nightclubs.
One of the most popular restaurants is Zigolini, found inside the Movenpick Resort and Casino. This Italian restaurant has a good selection of pasta, steak, and seafood in a romantic setting. Pomodoro, often recommended for families, has an extensive international menu that includes a lot of European dishes.
The local nightlife is pretty active. The Sinai Casino's restaurant has an upscale bar with live musical acts. Pacha is one of the most popular nightclubs that draws in a young, stylish crowd. A more casual alternative for drinks and a show is one of the many Bedouin tents open to tourists.