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Though you won’t have time to embark on any of the thrilling day trips available from Sharm el-Sheikh, such as a visit to Saint Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai, if you get an early start you should still have plenty of time to see some of the best of the city proper in one day.
Our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest kicking off the day with a half-day snorkeling tour to Tiran Island, where you’ll explore a dazzling underwater world swarming with brilliantly colored marine life and coral reefs. Back in town, head to Naama Bay and grab either a light lunch on the outdoor terrace at Don Panino or grilled meats and seafood at nearby Layaly Kan Zaman, then squeeze some shopping — and haggling — in with a quick spin through the Old Market.
Head back to your hotel to freshen up and perhaps take a dip in the pool, then start the evening with happy hour drinks at casual Ghazala Beach Bar, or with a few puffs of fruit-flavored shisha at one of the numerous hookah bars on Malek Al-Bahrain Street. For dinner, Reef Grill at Four Seasons Resort Sharm el-Sheikh is a great choice if you have a taste for fresh seafood in an upscale seaside setting, while swanky Little Buddha is perfect for sushi and cocktails. If you still have energy to burn and want to dance the night away, international DJs and packed dance floors can be found at popular nightclubs Space and Pacha.