Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh considers itself to be the seaside resort in Sinai. Large numbers of visitors holiday here every year. Sharm el-Sheikh Bay, Naama Bay and Shark Bay are about 6 km apart but the development of the resort is such that they will soon form one settlement. The long beaches of fine sand and extraordinary clear waters already attract visitors and since the small town has grown rapidly, there are more and more tourists enjoying the charms of the place.

After sunset, visitors have the choice of touring the shops, which open quite late and offer the usual souvenirs or of frequenting the café terraces strung out along the main road running parallel with the beach. Those not worn out by their day of sun and sand can head off to one of the numerous hotel discos.

Fact File

CapitalCairo

LanguageArabic

ClimateEgypt does not receive much rainfall, except during winter, when most rainfall is between October and March. Temperatures range between 27 to 32 degrees Celsius in summer and up to 43 degrees Celsius on the Red Sea coast. Winter temperatures average between 13 to 21 degrees Celsius. A constant northwesterly wind keeps temperatures down on the Mediterranean coast

CurrencyEgyptian Pound (EGP)

VisaA visa is required for entry to Egypt except for EU nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Newiba or Taba resorts, who will receive an entry permission stamp on arrival

HealthRecommended vaccinations against Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A

PassportsPassports should be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Egypt

Time ZoneGMT + 2