Sharm's marina has been redeveloped for private yachts and sailboats, with a cruise terminal for cruise ships and scheduled ferry service to Hurghada and Aqaba. The port is south of the city center of Sharm El Sheikh. Taxis are available, but you will have to negotiate hard: Price per person or per cab, Egyptian dollars or USD etc. At the end of the trip expect some other "charges" to appear. Stay firm!
The name Sharm el Sheikh is Arabic and has the meaning in English of Bay of the Sheik.
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A holiday in Sharm el Sheikh on the Red Sea Riviera is an exciting and fun-filled time at one of the most popular beach destinations in Egypt. Located at the tip of Sinai just 20 km from the famous Ras Mohamed Park and well-known for being a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving, Sharm el Sheikh is also a bustling coastal town offering a wide range of activities, nightlife and excellent dining.
Of the bays, probably Na'ama Bay, which means "pleasant" in Hebrew, is best known, and this is also where the most hotels are located.
Important: There are many companies offering excursions into Egypt, and in general are reliable. But your ship only will wait for late customers if they booked the ship's excursions. So be sure to have a cell phone with you (and the ship's telephone number!) just in case!
Egyptian public transport is, on the whole, pretty good. You can travel in town or between towns easily enough by bus, minibus or collective service taxis.
Located at the foot of Mount Moses, St. Catherine's Monastery, was constructed by order of the Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565. It is built around what is thought to be Moses' Burning Bush, which has a chapel built atop it. It is a spectacular natural setting for priceless works of art, including Arab mosaics, Greek and Russian icons, Western oil paintings. Be aware that the church itself closes at noon.
Taxis are usually the Peugeot saloons seating up to seven passengers. Taxis can be used for individual trips or can be shared with other travelers. In-town prices are fixed in the main Red Sea towns; price of intercity trips must be settled in advance. There are also private taxi companies with air conditioned sedans and drivers, for those who like to be pampered.
With all tours armed security will be on each bus. And often police escorts will be close to the bus caravan.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
The desert: ferociously blazing, deeply silent, apparently empty. Majestic and imposing in its simplicity. The sea: crystalline, with its million hues of blue, its fertile, healthy marine life, unpolluted, a triumph of nature. A holiday in the area is not complete without a visit to the desert, whether to a natural location; to one of the unexpected, hidden historical sites scattered throughout this crossroad of civilizations that has been for centuries the Red Sea, or to the natural marvels of the sea itself. In Sharm el Sheik, many excursions can be done to some outstanding sights.
Old Market: once you step into the old market, all you will see is shop after shop after shop, narrow streets and alleyways with more and more shops, usually selling Sinai and Egypt related souvenirs. The Old Market is the cradle of the local fish stores, where you can indulge in a fish and seafood meal at its best, and in its simplest form.
In Old Sharm, search around the dozens alleys and pedestrian streets and find an endless array of restaurants and eateries with a strong local flavor. Fresh fish and good value for money are to be found in this area, with many outlets having a very popular, simple atmosphere and others being a bit pretentious. Be aware that local restaurants in the area seldom serve any alcohol. They serve though great tasty local food!
In all souvenirs shops US dollars and the Euro are happily accepted.
Sure there are internet facilities...but with arab keyboards!
Sahara in arabic means desert. So do not talk about the Sahara desert!
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