Egypt is a country synonymous with ancient civilisations. With a history dating back five thousand years, remnants of the country’s glorious past are still visible today in the form of the Great Sphinx of Giza, the oldest known monumental sculpture built over two and a half thousand years BC. And let’s not forget about the nearby Great Pyramids, the only remaining manmade structure from the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Egypt certainly has a long and distinguished history. But with such a fantastic past to ponder, it can be easy to forget that Egypt is also a modern country with a lot more to offer visitors than camel treks and ancient edifices.
Sharm el-Sheikh, a Red Sea city on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, is where to go if you want to see the other side of Egypt.
Due to its dramatic landscape, year-round warm/dry climate and many miles of excellent beaches, Sharm el-Sheikh has become somewhat of a tourist haven over the past few decades as word has spread across nearby Europe. Between the early 1980s and the turn of the century, the number of holiday resorts rose from a mere three to almost a hundred.
With crystal clear waters, a staggering 250 coral reefs and over a thousand species of fish, scuba diving and snorkelling have emerged as major draws for the city. Indeed, many consider Sharm el-Sheik to be one of the best diving locations in the world, with countless spectacular dive sites for those wishing to explore the depths of the Red Sea.
If diving isn’t your thing and all you want is a week or two of rest, then relaxing on one of the many beaches in Sharm el-Sheikh could be the very tonic. And of course, it would be a shame to travel all the way to Egypt and not at least catch a glimpse of Egypt’s ancient past. Private day trips by air from Sharm el-Sheikh to see the Sphinx and Pyramids in Cairo are available.
If you’re feeling energetic, then you can follow in the footsteps of Moses on an early morning hike to the top of Mount Sinai to observe a splendid sunrise – this is the very spot that Moses supposedly received the Ten Commandments.
If you’re after even more stunning scenery, look no further than Ras Mohamed National Park, which is Egypt’s very first National Park. Here, you’ll find wild beaches, brilliant rock formations, mangroves, coral reefs and an arid desert landscape.
With so much to see and do in what is a truly beautiful location, Sharm el Sheikh flights arrive from across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. And with a flight time of around five hours from London, you can stay for a long weekend, a fortnight or for as long as you want.
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