The port and resort town of Sharm el Sheikh located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt has established itself as a firm favourite among British holidaymakers looking to escape the cold and rain of home throughout the year.
Its popularity has rocketed in recent years as more people discover the hidden treasures of the unique and stunning destination, offering tourists the chance to make the most of scorching temperatures and exciting attractions at almost any time.
Travellers making the most of Sharm el Sheikh holidays (like those offered by Cosmos) have the best of both worlds, soaking up Egypt’s ancient culture while enjoying the modern perks of luxurious and exquisite accommodation.
Thanks to its constant high temperatures and exciting opportunities, the resort is brimming with tourists hoping to top up their tans all year round. However, the best times to go are usually before and after the summer months, as these can be extremely humid.
Don’t be a beach bum
Sharm el Sheikh’s ideal location makes it the perfect destination for travellers hoping to explore the wider parts of Egypt during their holiday. Not only are the resort’s hotels among the best in the world, they also provide fantastic links to a whole host of activities.
What many first-time travellers do not know is, the town is world-famous for its diving opportunities, while a trip into the desert is an unforgettable experience for all involved.
St Catherine’s Monastery
Tourists may find themselves flung into Egypt’s ancient history during a trip to Sharm el Sheikh and need only travel a few miles to witness the grand ruins and stunning architecture that put the nation on the map.
St Catherine’s Monastery, a high-walled structure at the foot of Mount Sinai – where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments – is among the favourite stop-off points for travellers.
The landmark is rich in biblical references and also provides the home of the Burning Bush, the spot where God was said to have appeared to Moses.
Constructed between the years 548 and 565, the Monastery is among the oldest of its kind together with the Monastery of Saint Anthony – which is situated across the Red Sea in southern Cairo.
Tourists can marvel at the overwhelming architecture during a visit to this historical site, while the small town of Saint Katherine City is located just minutes away.
Get active in Egypt
For those tourists who prefer to keep their holiday enjoyment in a higher gear, Sharm el Sheikh certainly will not disappoint. Although the ruins and old buildings are a must-see for some travellers, the biblical history does not appeal to everyone – but this does not bring about a shortage of fun.
Included among the most popular activities in the resort are the Tiran Island Cruise and Snorkelling Day trip, which provides the perfect combination of sunshine and snorkelling for those hoping to top up their tan while getting in on the action.
Alternatively, thrill-seeking travellers are able to check out the most popular sites of the town with a difference on an exciting Desert Jeep Safari tour.
Taking place on a Saturday, Monday or Thursday, this fantastic opportunity sees participants drive a jeep through the dunes of the desert and take a walk in the White Canyon before lunch in a restaurant and taking in the sights and sounds of the bazaar in Dahab.