Sharm ›› Sharm el Sheikh, the City of Peace
Sharm is one of the most accessible and developed tourist resort communities and beautiful shores on the Sinai Peninsula. Its privileged geographical location by the Red Sea sets a meeting place in the midst of the Middle East Region, where you can enjoy the best weather all year round, the mountains and sea view, and the Bedouins' colorful tents. There are facilities which you can take pleasure in, such as tourist centers, International hotels, casinos, discos, nightclubs, golf courts and health clubs.
At Sharm el Sheikh you can enjoy the simplicity of sun, sea and sand, the luxury of five-star hotels, water sports, shopping and entertainment. All around are Bedouins, colorful tents, mountains and sea. There are small, cozy hotels with modern designs, as well as larger hotel complexes belonging to International chains.
Sharm el-Sheikh is often called the "City of Peace", because of the various peace conferences held in the city and attended by world leaders.
The site of Sharm el-Sheikh shows up as early as 1762 on a Spanish map, but until about 1968, it was nothing more than a quiet fishing community. However, in recent years, Sham el-Sheikh has become one of Egypt's best known and most visited beach resorts.
Four miles south the southern section of the town, stands a cliff overlooking a great view of the port. Na'ama Beach is one of the centers of the tourist activities located just north of Sharm.
This area is developing into a Resort town of its own. Most hotels at Na'ama Bay have their own private beaches with comfortable amenities such as chairs, shades and even bars.
The small harbor known as Sharm el-Moiya is located next to the civil harbor, accommodates boats and the Yacht Club with rooms. For those who fancy shopping, the Sharm El-Sheikh mall provides shops with both foreign and local products, including jewelry, leather goods, clothing, pottery and books. It has been said that it is a vital visit for all fans of diving.
Sharm el Sheikh is a year round resort, hot in the summer, but pleasant and warm in the winter, and it has an international airport that attracts both private and many international charter flights.
Just to the south of Sharm, on the very tip of the Sinai, is also one of Egypt's oldest and most beautiful, mostly underwater protectorates, Ras Mohamed, which features some of the world's most amazing underwater scenery. Here, one finds crystal clear water, rare and beautiful reefs and an incredible variety of exotic fish amongst the colorful coral.
To accommodate divers, Sharm has ever possible amenity, including first rate dive shops, centers and boats. Many of these are operated by Europeans, and they also provide excellent diving training. A few of the oldest include the Camel Dive Center and South Sinai Divers.
However, Sharm el-Sheikh also offers the beauty of the Sinai, with its majestic mountains and valleys, a number of national parks, as well as some well known nearby tourist attractions such as St. Catherine's Monastery.
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