here to see the Oasises.
Musa (Moses springs) is a small oasis,
situated south of Suez. There are several springs that allow
some large palms, tamarisks and other plants
to flourish the land. They say in a Legend that this was
the Hebrews' first camp after the exodus from
Egypt.The picture to the right comes from www.egyptfocus.com
most famous and probably most beautiful diving spot
in all Sinai, also known as "The Canyon",
lies approx. 10 km north of Dahab, only accessible
via a 15 miniute off-road drive along the beach. It takes
it's name from the breath-taking cristal clear dark and
blue water, that has a depht of ca. 80m.
The Blue Hole is not so easy to reach, but definitely worth
Blue Desert, which lies western and very close (only a few
kilometers) to the monastery of St. Catherine's,
has an extension of ca. 15 km². In 1980-81, the Belgian
artist Jean Verame has painted many boulders
with a blue colour. It was - with the permission of the
late president Anwar El Sadat - meant to symbol
the end of the war between Israel and Egypt. It is a definitely
extraordinary place which is worth visiting when close to
St. Catherine. The photo to the right is taken
Colored Canyon has become a very popular safari destination.
It lies close to the town of Nuweiba and can
be combined with a trip to the St. Catherine's Monastery.
The rare rock formations and canyon walls are dramatic and
breathtaking. The silence in this canyon is adding a certain
oddity. This place is definitely worth visiting.
Dahab means gold, as they say
it is dedicated to the sand of Bay of Ghazala,
one of the two bays that forms Dahab. El-Qura
is the second and much bigger bay of Dahab. Dahab is the
spot especially for windsurfers.
Along the beach of Ghazala, right in front
of the lovely beduine
village named Assalah, there are palm groves
that are giving its beauty to the coast.
Dahab is especially suitable for touristic activities, since
it is situated closer to places like the Coloured
Canyon, the Blue Hole, various oasises
and ancient inscription or tombs places like the Nawamis.
Tur (also: El Tor) is the administrative capital of
South Sinai. Also known as Tur Sinai, El Tur
lies on the west side of South Sinai. The name "El
Tur" is originating from the Greek and meant "mountain",
given by the first monks who settled here at the beginning
of the 4th century.
The old harbour was meant to control the shipping trade
in the Gulf of Suez. With relation to the
famous monastery of St. Catherine, the Saint
James Monastery is close to the port of El Tor.
Ruins of the first monastery built in 6th century are still
visible. If you happen to pass by on your way from Cairo
to Sharm El Sheikh you may stop for an hour or two.
For a long time, Muslim pilgrims of holy places
(such as Makkah and Medina) were kept in quarantine there
before returning to Egypt. Besides, it was as well a resting
place for Christian pilgrims.
Fara'un (Pharaoh's Island)
a few miles after the Fjord there is the extremely
beautiful island, called Pharaoh's Island (Gesiret
el_Faraun). The fortress on this island was built
in the Byzantine's period. Since 1986 it is
open to public in its restored form. Also, there is the
Phoenician port (Ezion-Gaber)
to be seen.
45 km south of Ras Sidr, there is the Pharaoh’s
Bath called Hammam Pharaon. There are hot water
springs as well as a cave that leads inside the bath. It
is very hot here and it smells of Hydrogen Sulfate.
Coming from and going to Cairo resp. Suez, busses can stop
there (ask, since it is not an official bus stop). Also,
the beach of Hammam Pharaon is at a walking distance from
Sinai (also Jebel Musa, Gebel Mousa, Mount Moses or Mountain
of Moses) is considered to be that biblical peak.
It has religious significance to the Islam as the place
where Mohammed's horse, Boraq, ascended to heaven. The 7.497
foot mountain has 3.750 steps hewn out of stone by monks
of St. Catherine's Monastery. This place is
a must for every Sinai visitor.
ancient place can be reached on the way from Dahab
to St. Catherins. You would leave the car
close to the street and walk the rest towards the historic
tombs, that are on the edge of a huge flat, almost
white appearing valley. The nawamis,
the name for these tombs is arabic and means as much as
"flies", are more than 5.000 years old and for
this even older than the great Egyptian Pyramids. Each tomb
is constructed with dry-wall stone in a circular way and
has its door facing west. They are - especially for their
age - still very well preserved.
85 km north of Dahab, just above Abu
Galum, lies the beach resort of Nuweiba. Like
other cities in Sinai, Nuweiba has developed to a touristical
area, however, not as much as Sharm El Sheikh.
From here there are trips possible to different sites like
the Coloured Canyon and many more. Hotels
are available along the coast line. This spot is especially
suiteable for windsurfers, since there is
constant wind most of the time.
Al-Guindi is a fortress located approx. 80
km south-east of the tunnel Ahmed Hamdi. It
was built in the 12th century AD by Salah El Din
and was used to protect African and Mediterranean Muslims
on their holy pilgrimage to Mecca, where they
had to pass by Sinai to get to Mecca.
At Ras Sidr, turn left. Make sure you have
a guide, since you are leaving the track.
Galum is one of the four Managed Resource Protected
Area of Sinai. Declared as Managed Resource
Protected Area it is characterized by its spectacular
granite mountains ending abruptly on a narrow coastal plain
fronted by rich coral reefs.
It is situated on the east coast of South Sinai, right between
Dahab and Nuweiba. Its beauty
and uniqueness make this place a must for any vititor that
likes flora and fauna.
There are approx. 170 species of desert plants,
some not even found in any of the other protected areas
of Sinai. Abu Galum has the largest number of Nubian
Ibexes, Hyraxes, Red Foxes, and Striped Hyena. Also,
there are vipers that visitors should
look out for while in the sand. Beduine
guides are available and a visitor center will soon inform
about the ecosystems. <see
Ras Mohamed National Park is a nature protected area approx.
30 km south of Sharm El Sheikh. This first
and only Egyptian National Park was declared
in 1983 with an area of 97m². Since then it has been
extended to 480km² and includes marine and terrestrial
areas (also on island of Tiran). Since this park is a must
for any visitor in south Sinai, we are dedicating a separate
page for it.
is the largest coastl Managed Resource Protected Area (declared
in 1992) with approx. 600km². It has a variety of ecosystems
that provide unique views for the visitors. It hosts rich
coral reefs, more than 140 plant species (6 unique for Nabq),
mangroves, the larges population of Arak bushes in the Middle
East and various animals like the Gazelle, Nubian Ibex,
Hyrax and some small mammal populations.
the way from Cairo to Sinai, passing the Ahmed Hamdy
Tunnel, Ras Sidr is located approx. 60 km south
from it, right on the west coast of Sinai. This place is
a holiday place for Egyptians, mostly coming from Cairo
to spend the weekend there. Apart from windsurfing there
is not much to do or to see. Places close to Ras Sidr are
Qalaat Al-Guinndi, Hammam Pharaon or
of the most significant archaeological sites in Sinai is
a place called Serabit el-Khadem.
Showing the mines of the pharoahs, it is situated in the
western part of Sinai, approx. 40 kilometers east of Abu
at the foot of Mount Moses, St. Catherine's
Monastery was constructed by order of the Emperor Justinian
between 527 and 565. It built around what is thought to
be Moses' Burning Bush, which has a chapel built on top
of it. It is a spectacular natural setting countless works
of art such as Arab mosaics, oil & wax paintings, sacerdotal
ornaments, marbles, reliquarie and the second largest collection
of illuminated manuscripts.
St. Katherine Protectorate is an area of great biological
interest and includes the highest mountains
in Egypt, such like the Mount Sinai and the Mount St. Catherine.
This high altitude ecosystem supports a surprising
diversity of wild species;
some of which are found nowhere else in the world.
is situated directly at the border between Egypt and Israel.
Given back to Egypt in 1989, this town is now a destination
for many tourists and well known for its extraordinary beautiful
bays and coves. Lots of tourism
industry is planned, especially 4-5 star hotels, overviewing
the Red Sea. Target guests are especially tourists from
Israel. Apart from the big hotel
camps offer simple accommodations with unforgetable
views of the sea.
lies in the Gulf of Aqaba, right between Ras
Mohamed and Saudi Arabia. Mostly, divers are attracted to
this place, that offers plenty of opportunities for brilliant
views and underwater safaris. However, a boat trip to this
national park area is an amazing experience,
providing breath-taking views. Most probably one will be
passing the Gordon Reef and Jackson
Reef, which are perfect as well for snorkeling.
Even for those visitors, that are neither snorkeling nor
diving, this trip offers incredible views.
of Nabi Saleh
tomb is situated where Wadi Mur hits onto
Wadi al-Shiekh. The picture to the right comes
picture to the right comes from www.sis.gov.eg.
Mur and Wadi al-Shiekh
El Sheikh lies in the very south of Sinai. In 1970 this
place was hardly worth mentioning. However, with the arrival
of tourism, this place soon getting bigger and bigger. Today
there are more than a million visitors each year and the
coast is decorated full of hotels.
Luckily, the Egyptian government was making sure that mistakes
like in Spain were not to me made here: the hotels are not
very hight, mostly 2-3 flors. Sharm El Sheikh today is the
touristical place for Sinai.