Sharm el-Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea. Its population is approximately 35,000. Sharm el-Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt’s South Sinai Governorate which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai.
Sharm El Sheikh is all about the sea. Whether you swim, dive, snorkel or simply laze on your sun bed and admire the way that the bright blues of the ocean contrast with the ochre colours of the desert, you’ll have to admit that the sea is this resort’s biggest asset. For crystal clear waters, abundant fish and spectacular reefs, there’s nowhere else quite like it. And the resort that has sprung up to cater for all the sea lovers who come here does a very good job indeed, with top class, international hotels next door to cosy guest houses, restaurants from all around the world, and plenty of cheerful nightlife.
The average temperatures during the winter months (November to March) range from 15 to 35 degrees Celsius (59-95°F) and during the summer months (April to October) from 20 to 45 degrees Celsius (68-113°F). The temperature of the Red Sea in this region ranges from 21 to 28 degrees Celsius (70-84°F) over the course of the year.
Hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are located either in Na’ama Bay, the city’s nightlife and dining hub, or across the rest of the city. Most of the hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are mid range, and, the closer the hotel to Na’ama bay, the more expensive the room rates are likely to be. Hotels overlooking the Strait of Tiran usually enjoy panoramic, stunning views of the waterfront, whilst hotels in the Hadaba district are situated at the top of a cliff, but wherever you are to stay, check that rooms include air conditioning as it gets incredibly hot during the high season.