Sharm el Sheikh: The lost Paradise
When I told my friends, that I was travelling to Sharm el Sheikh for work I received a lot of different answers and only a few positive ones. Why would you travel to a civil war country ? Why would you go to Egypt with all that terrorism going on? To an Arab country, really with all that is happening?
But most people don’t know where exactly was happening what and that Egypt is a large country. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it is as easy as taking a flight to an european city and spend your weekend there, since there are many places to visit, such as the munich egyptian museum which is one of the best Egyptian museums outside of Cairo!
But if you’re honest, nowadays – where is it really 100% safe?
You may have thought London is? Bruxelles, Berlin or Paris? Well as we have all seen in the past months unfortunately they are not.
But does this mean, that we should be afraid? Stop to travel and stay home? – To be honest, this would frighten me even more! To miss the life that is happening out there and to live day by day in my small routine.
Of course this doesn’t mean that you should just jump in the plane and go anywhere no matter what. But what it really means is, don’t be afraid of what could happen everywhere you go, but open your eyes, use your well-travelled brain and be careful while you chose your destination and especially while you are travelling.
Is Egypt safe to travel?
My honest answer would be: It depends where you go.
Egypt is a large country with lots of different culture influences and even 20% of christians (would you have known?). So yes, there are areas where, I would not like to travel to at the moment, but Sharm el Sheikh is not included in this list.
I didn’t feel unsafe or challenged at any time while travelling in Sharm el Sheikh. And for sure I didn’t feel unsafe in the hotel we stayed in, every time to enter we had to pass 3 checking points, where each of them was operated by at least two people at a time.
However what I would try to avoid – although they are beautiful – are the christian churches. The oldest christian church is based not too far from Sharm el Sheik, it is the monastery of St. Catherine. It is beautiful and in any other situation it would be my Nr. 1 recommendation to go there, but right now I think it might better to avoid it.
Why Sharm el Sheikh?
is known as a bad weather month. We were getting on the airplane with our winter jackets, on around 10 degrees on a rainy day. When we got of the airplane in Egypt and the sun was awaiting us, 25 degrees, no clouds and definitely no winter jacket 😉
…The People and The Culture
During my trip I learned so many things about the country and culture and I am sure that most of these facts are not know in the Western countries.
…The underwater world
During the past years Sharm el Sheikh hasn’t had a lot of tourists and therefore the underwater world had time to recover.
This is what makes it even more attractive for travels now. In most places, even in such as the Maldives the corals have died of around the coasts and are grey and dry. In Sharm el Sheikh however they have gained back their colours and are very much alive.
…The Royal Savoy Hotel
The beach is just 5 minutes by foot from the rooms you are staying at.