Getting Here and Around in Sharm El-Sheikh

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Getting Here and Around

At the very tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm has regular flights from Cairo and also from Alexandria, Hurghada, and Luxor. Air-conditioned bus services from Cairo are numerous and inexpensive. Foreign travelers in rental vehicles traveling from the capital may need to join a security convoy. Bus services also link Sharm with the other towns on the Sinai coast. A ferry service links Sharm with Hurghada on the mainland Red Sea Coast. Taxis are the best way to get around town, but agree fares before you set off on your journey.

We know you don't need a full review of Starbucks, but we have decided to make an exception for this branch, whose ever-willing staff happily takes nonstandard orders and serves the best coffee we've had at the chain. Plus the apple pie with cinnamon is delicious. A prime location means the whole gamut of visitors passes your table in the evenings. King of Bahrain St., Old Market Area, Na'ama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh. 069/360-2238.

National Museum

As part of a grand plan to showcase Egyptian history across the country, a state-of-the-art Sharm El Sheikh National Museum will have several major ancient pharaonic artifacts, including the ornate 21st-Dynasty sarcophagus of nobleman Imesy, which was repatriated to Egypt by U.S. authorities in April 2010. The museum is also benefiting from donations by Egyptian benefactors, including a collection of eleven pieces of Coptic art currently under conservation. At best, the museum will open in 2011.

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