Set on Egypt’s arid Sinai peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh delivers year-round warmth, golden sands, and the finest coral within easy reach of Europe. Even if you only have a day, you can discover the area’s rich Bedouin culture, stark desert landscapes, and pristine Red Sea waters. Here’s how.
Morning: The Big Blue
Sharm El Sheikh offers a whole world of water sports—spend the morning taking advantage of them. Discover the Red Sea’s brilliant coral on a snorkeling trip or a glass-bottom boat cruise—or dare to venture far below the surface of the water in a genuine submarine. Catch some rays on the golden sands of Sharm El Sheikh’s excellent beaches, swim in the clear, calm waters, and perhaps enjoy an adventure such as parasailing or a private speedboat ride. Lunch on fresh-caught seafood in one of the city’s many excellent beachfront restaurants.
Afternoon: Desert Delights
Once you’ve sampled the Red Sea, it’s time to discover the Sinai Desert, where Bedouin nomads have prospered since time immemorial. A camelback safari is a timeless way to explore the rolling sands and typically includes a stop at a Bedouin camp for sweet herb tea, Bedouin bread, and optional shisha pipe. Alternatively, kick up dust on a guided ATV safari; full training is provided, along with helmets for safety. Take time to scramble through a desert canyon and savor a sunset amid the rugged, ancient landscapes.
Evening: Bedouin Bliss
Desert cultures thrive on hospitality, and an authentic Bedouin barbecue dinner amid rolling dunes or stark rock backdrops is essential. Lounge on traditional carpets and feast on grilled meats, fresh breads, and salads by firelight as belly dancers undulate, tanoura dancers twirl so fast they almost blur, or traditional Bedouin musicians play their ancient instruments. Marvel at the night sky, preserved from light pollution, then identify the ancient constellations through a high-powered telescope. When the moon is full, or close to full, moonrise over the desert sands is a magical experience.