Sharm El Sheikh
Location, Climate: Sharm el-Sheikh is a popular destination for divers and holiday makers traveling to Egypt. This lovely resort town is situated on the southern tip of Sinai along the Red Sea. The weather in Sharm el-Sheikh is hot and humid so make sure to avoid booking discount hotels during summer when it can get extremely hot. Winters here are also hot, but nights can be cool. Brief History: Sharm el-Sheikh used to be a small fishing village with just approximately 100 citizens 40 years ago. In 1967, the Israelis occupied Sinai including the area of Sharm el-Sheikh which transformed the town into a tourist destination. After the departure of the Israelis, the Egyptians took over the city. Events, Landmarks, Activities: If you want to get huge discount on accommodation, book a hotel in July when the International Shopping and Tourism Festival is held. This event attracts thousands of tourists annually because most prices are marked down including hotels, clothes, restaurants and souvenirs. Sharm el-Sheikh is considered by many a diver's paradise so make sure to visit its best diving spots including the reefs of Ras Mohammed and Tiran. If you prefer staying dry, then take a trip to Mount Sinai where biblical character Moses received the Ten Commandments. After an exciting hike to the mountain, visit the Burning Bush at St. Catherine’s Monastery. Transportation: Taxis are the most convenient way of getting around Sharm el-Sheikh but they are pretty expensive too since most drivers don't use the meter. A more affordable option is the tuk-tuks (small buses) that covers most of the city.