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Sharm el Sheikh, also known as Sharm, is a thriving Red Sea resort, stretching along the coast from Na’ama Bay to Sharm al-Maya in north eastern Egypt. With high temperatures all year round, it is an ideal sun-and-sea destination. There is plenty more to do here than just lounging and swimming, though. With plenty of historical sites and interesting attractions on offer, you'll find no end of ways to spend your time in Sharm.
Located about six miles north of the resort, Sharm el Sheikh is the third busiest airport in Egypt. It boasts cafes, restaurants, and fast-food outlets, as well as a range of shops. Upon arrival at Sharm el Sheikh, you have to show your passport, and during your flight you will be asked to complete an immigration card. Visitors to Egypt must also have a visa. This can be obtained upon arrival at the airport visa desk. If you are staying in the Sinai area for less than 14 days, this is free. You can also purchase a tourist visa if you wish to travel more widely or to stay longer.
Many airlines operate out of Sharm el Sheikh throughout the year. You can fly direct to Sharm el Sheik with airlines like Thomas Cook, but like a lot of flights with European airlines, this service is seasonal. For options that run all year round, you could consider connecting through Cairo on a domestic flight which runs multiple times throughout the day. Use the Expedia flight booking tool to browse the services on offer from different airlines.
The journey from the airport to Na’ama Bay takes about 20 minutes. Many hotels operate their own airport transfer services. If yours has one, you’ll find hotel reps waiting beyond baggage reclaim in the airport building. If you don’t have a hotel transfer included but you want a hassle free arrival, pre-book a private transfer. There are cars waiting outside the airport for visitors who don’t have pre-booked transport. This means regardless of which option you choose, Sharm el Sheikh is easily accessible from the airport. For travellers who want a bit more freedom, there are also car rental companies at the airport.
Aside from being a perfect place to relax in the sun, Sharm el Sheikh is a diver’s paradise. The combination of clear waters and an extraordinary range of marine life make for a number of world-class dive sites. With lots of PADI dive schools located throughout the resort, even beginners can get lessons before taking the plunge. If you don’t want to venture underwater, Sharm el Sheikh makes the perfect base for a day trip to Mount Sinai, where you can visit St. Catherine’s Monastery.