Until the last few decades, Sharm El-Sheikh was nothing more than an ordinary fishing community. However, today it has become one of Egypt’s most popular destination, with tourists pouring in from all parts of the world. Known for its sheltered sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs, its pleasant and warm weather during winter add to the charm of the place. Sharm El-Sheikh also offers tourists several day excursion opportunities.
Saint Catherine’s Monastery
St. Catherine’s Monastery sits at the foot of Mt. Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. A place loved by historians, it is one of the oldest working monasteries in the world. Named after St. Catherine, the martyr of Alexandria, the monastery and the surrounding area, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery’s library, considered to be the second largest in the world, contains a huge collection of bibles and ancient manuscripts. Inside the monastery walls, you’ll find a gift shop selling replicas of icons. The grounds outside the monastery is home to a guest house and a lovely courtyard area with a cafe. Adventurists visiting this place can also include a hike to the summit of Mount Sinai.
An alternative to Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab is the Sinai’s backpacker beach resort,with a lot of restaurants and cafés lining the seashore. You can relax on the beach and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of Dahab or put on a snorkelling mask and jump in the water at Lighthouse or Eel Garden – the reefs are amazing! There is also a Friday market where you can get your hands on some unique souvenirs to take home.
A submarine sinkhole that plunges to depths of over 100 metres, people come from far and wide just to go deep sea diving at the Blue Hole. The marine life and stunning vistas of ethereal blue below make this an incredibly beautiful dive. While the site has an element of danger, people who stick with the rules and stay within the limits are completely safe. Exploring the deeper depths should be left to experienced technical divers, but there’s plenty to discover close to the surface.
The swirling, mineral-rich layered rock formations form the Coloured Canyon of the Sinai Peninsula. The canyon was formed due to water erosion millions of years ago when this region was submerged under water. Almost 800 m long, and flanked by 40 m high walls, the canyon is a natural beauty of the desert with plenty of opportunities for climbing its rock faces and some hiking fun. The sandstone walls covered with a range of hues from red to orange also make for some fantastic photo opportunities.