It is the 40th Victory celebration the city is celebrating many events in the Same days
the Bairam , and starting of the business return
the city is installing Egyptian flags every where ,
you feel the city happy and celebrating after several month of business slow down
preparation for many big event are going every where
Ras Muhammed National Park is a few miles south of Sharm el Sheikh. We hired a taxi for half a day and wondered around the park and snorkled on of the Finest reefs in the red sea. The African Great rift Valley runs through the park and some years ago there was an earth quake, the earth quake fracture can still be seen in the park. Bird life abounds from common seagulls to an Osprey that allowed me to aproach to withing ten metres to take a photograph. All my fish photos were taken in just a few metres of water while snorkling. Incidently when my wife took of her mask while standing in one metre of water, she also pulled out one of her diamond earings so if you find it.....
The monestery of St Catherine is a long way from Sharm el Sheikh but it is a journey well worth making. It was built on the site of the burning bush where Moses spoke to God. Built in the 6th century by the Emperor Gustiniano it has been in constant use until today. There are some wonderful ancient paintings and a special room houses some fabulous golden crowns belonging to early christian popes. Behind the Monastery is Mount Sinai
The landscape of the Sinai Peninsula is full of contrasts. So, it is very interesting to go around and notice the geological differences. I di for 6 days and couldn't get enough of the impressive landscape.
The variety in colourfull desert planes, barren mountains, rocks of sandstone and granit, deep wadis and lovely oases with many palmtrees is impressive.
For more information see my Sinai Page, the world of rock, sand, solitude and silence.
From Sharm El-Sheik you can also make a daytrip to the St Katharine Monastery. The monastery lies at the foot of Mount Sinai and is built in the 6th century. There still live monks in the monastery and only the chapel and a room with the bones of deceased monks can be visited. You can see also some ornated crosses and icons.
Opening hours: 9-12 am (except sundays and fridays)
You can also make a combination trip and climb the Mount Sinaï to see the sunrise or sunset.
In an one-day excursion from Sharm you can visit the coloured canyon north-west of Nuweiba.
You descend in the canyon at a rather easy, but steep path (picture 5).
When you are down between the narrow and steep walls of the canyon, you have shade (picture 2). So the walk in the canyon is rather pleasant. There is only one surprise, where you have to go down into a kind of hole without seeing the bottom at the other side. With the help of the guide, guiding your feet, everybody can make this.
The colours at the walls are wonderfull, they look like artworks, natural paintings in red, yellow, grey, brown and other colours (picture 3 & 4).
The Sinai peninsula is marvellous. I travelled and camped there during a six days from Cairo.
So my advise: leave the beach and the diving/snorkeling for one day or more and go inland.
From Sharm El-Sheik and Na'ama Bay it is easy to book an one day tour.
Only seeing back the scenic landscape with sanddunes and rocks was allready a pleasure for me. Interesting places you can visit are thet St Katharine's Monastery and the Coloured Canyon.
You can book up excursions to go out into the desert, by camel, or quad biking etc. However you do it i recommend it as you'll get to meet the local Bedouin people and see how vast this great land is. Prepare to come back with as much dust and sand on you that you'd thought you'd have been stripping 1920's wall plaster down and refitting your house, but well worth it for the experience of a life time.
One Fun is the Sun is the ever exciting is the cruise through Desert on this Dirt Bikes...it is interesting and can be adventurous if you full speed( Ur Guide should be flexible to that)..the Stop over is at a Bedouin Tent ( A fake Setup though) where you see the Local custom of Tea and Bread( Free)..The Water and Soft DRinks are over priced there so make sure you have moolah in ur pocket incase you have the urge for a drink..Another point is to cover your face else you could find yourself facing the Dirt attack.. Make sure you wear loose and Old Clothes..Also Cover yourself well to avoid stares and smiles.
One of the most memorable things about Sharm El Sheikh is the beautiful desert sunsets. At around 5.00pm-5.30pm every night you should spend this time to watch the sun go down over the sea and desert. It looks absolutely breathtaking and also you can get some fabulous photos too.
We used to go to the rooftop of our hotel and have a drink and peacefully watch the sunset. It was also very romantic hehe.
You can enjoy the sunsets however you like, you can go down to the beach and enjoy the view, sit on the rooftop of your hotel, go into the desert and ride a camel or horse and even go quad biking.
Whichever way you choose to do it, its guaranteed to be memorable.
The Dinner & Stars trip is one to remember.
Your tour company will take you into the middle of the desert just before sunset to a bedouin camp. It all looks lovely to begin with, all of you sitting around in tents smoking shisha and drinking tea.
Then the sun goes down, and you can't see your hand in front of you! Quite scary!
Because there is no light pollution in the desert, the sky is full of stars. The best part is looking through the telescopes at the planets and stars. If you have a digital camera, you can attach it to the telescope and take a picture.
Pretty cool place, a little too touristy
The diving is excellent, loads to see.
Took a little trip to the St Catherine monastery which is on Mount Sinai. Around 25 Greek Orthodox Monks live there, one has been there 15 years. They have a slightly maccabre ceremony everyday where they bring out the head and hand of St Catherine, who was persecuted and killed for her Christianity.
Interesting to note that the Monks allowed a mosque to be built inside the monastery walls next to the church so that people of all faiths are welcome to worship there. The place has so much history and relevance in Biblical terms, housing the alleged burning bush and situated under Mount Sinai where Mosses received the ten commandments from God.
Amazing scenery and well worth going on some of the tours.
Naama Bay is pretty cool, went to check out Pacha, man what a club!!!!
Good time, although the place seemed to have been invaded by Russians seeking longer days and a bit of sunshine.
Ras Mohamed Half Day By Car:
Departure at 8:00am. From your hotel to the national park of Ras Mohamed. Your hourney begins by enjoying snorkeling with the most exotic fish and corals of the world.We continue Our trip by visiting the Blue lagoon, Magic lake, Earthquake remains, and man grove reefs.Returning lunch time.25 Euro
Ras Mohamed by boat:
Enjoying a day, fyll of fun snorkeling with the most fascinating fish and coral reefs of the red sea.Stopping in the different unique arrays of corals and reef gardens A delicious lunch is served on board of our boat.(Alcohol not included).30 Euro
Tiran Island By Boat
A full day of snorkeling with 3 different unique stops, enjoying the magnificience of the red sea fish and corals.This journey includes Tiran island and the shipwreck.A delicious lunch is served on board of our boat.(Alcolhol not included):25Euro
Glass boat discovery:
An hour of a spectacular and panoramic view and a unique experience of looking through the glass screen at the most beautiful and colorful fish and reefs of the red sea.:20LE Children,40LE Adult.
Horse Back Riding:
An adventurous and magnigicent trip to the Sinai desert on fully bred arabian horses.And then enjoying the flavor of the Bedouin teas.1hr=20Euro,2hrs=35Euro
A fabulous desert experience on our latest quads seeing the beauty of the Bedouin life, and enjoying their tea.An unforgettable sun set between the Desert Mountains of Sinai, is a must.Single:30Euro,Double:40Euro.
There are alot of other trips but i wont have space to write them all if you want to know about the other trips i can just mention there names here but i cant write all the details here :
-Sunset Camel Trip:20Euro.
-Jeep Safari & Dahab:45 Euro.
-Abu Galum & the Blue Hole:45 euro
-Taba Pharaone Island & Dahab:50 Euro
-Colored Canyon:45 Euro
Religious& culture Trips:
-Saint Cathrine's Monastery & Dahab:40Euro
-Moses Mountain and Saint Catherine:40 Euro
Contact me for any details i know some1 who works there.
Mt. Sinai, Moses peak, the place where Moses got his 10 commandments from God. This 2285 m high mountain is nowdays a popular destination to watch sunrises and sunsets. Crowd, up to several 100 people, can be found on the top watching the sun paninting the landscape in bright colours.
And if you climb the mountain during the day you'll have it just for yourself.
There are two ways leading to the top. The Camel trail which is not too steep, and the stairs. The starting point is at St. Katherine's monastery and you have to manage some 700 m altitude differnece to the top. For those in better shape it can be done in 1 hour (1:12 for me).
If you are affraid it will be to much for you, you can rent a camle to tcarry you the larger part, just the last part, where both ways join, you'll have to do by yourself. You'll be rewarded with some spectacular views.
From Sharm you can make whole day trip to Coloured Canyon which lies some 120 km north of Sharm, near Nuweiba.
Canyon got its name because there you can see many colourful, bright layers of stoneware.
The canyon is a result of many rainfalls some 500.000 years ago, when water cut its way into stone and left some beautiful structures behind.
In some places canyon gets really narrow. Not for those with claustrophobia.