If I had the whole day trekking the wilderness of Wadi Rum in Jordan, in Egypt I had a relaxing and indulging afternoon in the resort town of Sharm El Sheik, a tourist destination at the tip of Sinai Peninsula. One of the most visited holiday destinations in the Red Sea coasts, Sharm El Sheik boasts for its beautiful beaches, excellent weather and for its finest spots for diving.
From Sharm El Sheik’s port, the beach area is only few minutes’ walk away. So before heading downtown to Naama Bay, I decided to drop by first at the beach. It was one busy day at the beach – so much tourists were enjoying the sun. At the beach, I settled in a less crowded area relaxing and appreciating life’s simple pleasures.
After those relaxing minutes at the beach, I went to New Town or Naama Bay and had an indulging treat in one of Sharm’s open air local restaurants. To know the place better, is to taste its local flavour so with the waiter’s recommendation, I ordered from the menu nothing international but purely local. I don’t really know what I ordered. Was it a lamb? A beef? For sure that was not a pork. Whatever it was, the taste was really good.
I checked my watch and I still had enough time to spin around. I saw Hard Rock Café just round the corner. I went inside and obeyed my thirst before heading back to the ship. A bit pricey of course but for the sake of great tasting beer and rock music, it’s worth the price. Hard Rock Cafe is just one of the few western chains of bars, restaurants or fast foods in Sharm El Sheik. International names like Mc Donald’s, T.G.I Friday, Starbucks and KFC also exist in the resort town.
Compared to other Egyptian cities I visited, Sharm El Sheik is more like the less-conservative type – dress codes and restrictions were not a big issue. It’s really one nice port to wander around. Just don’t get lost in Sharm El Sheik or else you’ll end up with an unplanned and extended adventure in the middle of the desert. Just kidding. 🙂