Where and What to Hire
The resort of Sharm El Sheikh is not served my very many international car hire providers but some of those available are Europecar, Avis and Sixt. Europecar and Sixt are both located at the airport while Europecar and Avis have branches on the main road that runs past Naama Bay. Car types are limited to the usual four and five door family saloon car as well as the occasion large 4x4. Some luxury cars may be able to be reserved in advance.
Sharm el Sheikh used to be just the area around Naama Bay, but now the area has expanded. Due to this, more people are driving or using taxis in the local area. Driving in the centre still isn’t necessary and it is best avoid at night.
It is advisable to park in the many hotel, supermarket or water park car parks that are dotted around the resort and are free of charge. This is safer than trying to park on the street, for which conditions are a little unclear. Most roads in Sharm are busy roads and it is best not to stop a car on them. Short and long-term parking is also available at the airport from where visitors can take public transport into the main resorts.
Where to Go and What to See
While a hire car may not be needed it the centre of Sharm, it is certainly worth having to explore the areas surroundings. One for kids is the Aqua Blu Water Park. Home to a hotel and resort included, this spectacular place is like the Venice of Egypt with palace-like structures, gondolas, water slides, rides, amusements and much more. This is a ‘day trip’ that could be stretched out into at least two! Another unforgettable experience is to visit the Sinai Desert, just a few hours north of Sharm. Here, adults and children can enjoy quad bikes, camel rides and safaris unlike any other. Couples looking for a romantic excursion can spend a magical night camping under the massive skies and crystalline stars of the Sinai Desert in true Bedouin style. The three hour drive north to Mount Sinai and the ancient Monastery of St Catherine is well worth it, especially for either sunset or sunrise. A fifty minute drive south of Sharm leads to the beautiful Ras Muhammad National Park. A National Park like no other, this is one of the best spots for diving and seeing the areas exquisite corals and colourful fish. For anyone wanting to see the ancient metropolis of ‘Thebes’ can make the spectacular 12 hour drive north through Suez and then south through astonishing desert landscapes where villages perch on the mighty Nile River before arriving in the phenomenal Valley of the Kings in Luxor itself. Alternatively the bustling souks and snake charmers, lively restaurants and cafes of Cairo are just 6 hours north by car.