There are numerous resorts and activities where the hot sands of the Arabian Desert meet the warm blue waters of the Red Sea. But tourists come for the beautiful beaches. The waters of the Red Sea are among the warmest in the world, averaging about 25 degrees centigrade in the winter months. 

Alf Leila wa Leila belly dance show, Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt
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There are lots to see and do on the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea. The beaches make for fine swimming, and there are numerous coral reefs providing opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. Traditional-style architecture stands alongside modern structures, making the area exotic yet hospitable. 
 
Accommodations in the area range from quality resorts for families to hostels for backpackers. The area has boomed and there are numerous restaurants along with plenty of opportunities for shopping. You can go horseback riding, or for something a bit different, try camel riding. 
 
The area is rich in history dating back thousands of years to when the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans and Persians utilized the Red Sea trade route. The Red Sea was part of the Spice Trade route through the middle ages. 
 
Below is a list of the top 10 things to see and do in the area. 
 
1. Sharm el Sheikh — The city’s shoreline is particularly beautiful, especially at night. There are numerous hotels small and large to accommodate all types and the nightlife offers casinos, discos and night clubs. In addition to water sports there is horseback riding and camel riding. There are plenty of sites for snorkelling and scuba diving. 
 
2. The Ras Muhammad National Park — The park is about 15 kilometres North of Sharm el Sheik. It has coral reefs and underwater caves that are protected from fishing and other human activities. Visitors can take scenic boat trips and there are opportunities for skin diving. The park is home to foxes and gazelles, but visitors are more likely to see terns and gulls. 
 
3. Dahab — The town of Dahab is 80 kilometres Northeast of Sharm el Sheikh, and is a renowned scuba diving spot and a destination for backpackers. You can also see the bedouin village of Asalah. 
 
Tourist can travel inland a few kilometres to Luxor to sample the region’s history by visiting these sites: 
 
4. The Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art. 
 
5. The Karnak temples. 
 
6. The Luxor temple. 
 
7. El Gouna – This seaside city has several hotels and restaurants. It has a combination of traditional and modern architecture. Tourists can lie on the beach or do numerous water sports like windsurfing. Scuba diving lessons are available. Golfers must reserve their tee-off times at the 18-hole course. There are lots of places to go shopping. Babysitting services are available. A campus of the Technical University of Berlin was due to open in October 2012. The University is scheduled to start showing operas on its Audi-max screens in December 2012. 
 
8. Makadi Bay — Some of the many hotels here have activities for children. Tourists can snorkel in the sea or ride a sailboat to one of the four offshore islands. There are numerous restaurants and 145 shopping outlets in the Souk Makadi shopping district. 
 
9. Hurghada — This major centre has beaches and diving opportunities. Visitors can ride in glass-bottom boats to see the abundant coral life.  
 
10. St. Anthony and St. Paul Christian monasteries — These are two of the oldest unoccupied monasteries in Egypt. You can easily get to them from Makadi Bay and Hurghada.