If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, it is likely that you’ll be choosing the city of Sharm el-Sheikh as your holiday destination. Based near the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm is far different to what you would experience in Cairo or one of the other major cities.
For example, scuba diving is one of the more popular activities in this area, with amateurs and professionals from around the world flying into Sharm in order to experience diving in the Red Sea.
The coral reefs are worth the trip alone, and the marine life you’ll come across really makes this a unique venture. Not to mention all the shipwrecks from centuries gone by that can be found on the sea bed.
If you fancy something above sea level, then there are plenty of other water sports available in Sharm. Water-skiing, kite surfing and windsurfing are activities available all-year round.
For those who enjoy sight-seeing, the Ras Mohammed National Park provides plenty of spectacular views of various white-sand beaches and untouched deserts. If you don’t mind getting wet, there are several snorkelling sites to explore, with more than 1,000 different species of fish to be found. Families of sea turtles have also been known to make appearances every now and again.
But a trip to Egypt wouldn’t be complete without at least one visit to a historical landmark, and Sharm offers access to one of the most prestigious there is. St Catherine’s Monastery is based at the foot of Mount Sinai, where it is said Moses received the Ten Commandments.
Despite the four hour trip from Sharm, tourists consistently head to this location as it is considered to be one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. Many claim the Prophet Mohamed visited this site, so there is plenty of historical significance here.