Eastern Desert attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Eastern Desert

Monastery of St Anthony

This historic monastery traces its origins to the 4th century AD when monks began to settle at the foot of Gebel Al Galala Al Qibliya, where their spiritual leader lived. Today the monastery is a large complex surro…
Top Choice Monastery in Eastern Desert

Monastery of St Paul

Dating to the 4th century, the Monastery of St Paul began as a grouping of hermitages in the cliffs around the site where Paul had his cell. The complex's heart is the Church of St Paul, which was built in and aroun…
Cave in Eastern Desert

Cave of St Anthony

Perched about 300m above St Anthony's Monastery on a cliff just outside the monastery walls is the cave where St Anthony is believed to have spent the final 40 years of his life. Inside the cave, which is for the sv…
Desert in Eastern Desert

Wadi Gimal Protectorate

The starkly beautiful desert of the Wadi Gimal Protectorate extends inland for about 85km from its coastal opening south of Marsa Alam, and is home to a rich variety of bird life, gazelles and stands of mangrove. Th…
Beach in Eastern Desert

Sharm El Luli

In the middle of the Wadi Gimal Protectorate, 60km south of Marsa Alam, lies a pristine sand beach with azure water and excellent coral and fish viewing. Because it is located inside a national park, Sharm El Luli h…
Historic Site in Eastern Desert

Wadi Hammamat

The main route between the Nile and Red Sea for thousands of years, Wadi Hammamat runs from Qift, just north of Luxor, to Al Quseir. Inscriptions, remains of old wells and other evidence of the area’s long history c…
Ruins in Eastern Desert

Mons Porphyrites

These ancient Roman porphyry quarries were the only source for the precious white-and-purple crystalline stone associated with imperial grandeur. Porphyry was used in the Temple of Venus in Rome, the imperial palace…
Ruins in Eastern Desert

Mons Claudianus

This granite quarry/fortress complex was one of the largest Roman settlements in the Eastern Desert. For Roman prisoners, brought to hack granite out of the barren mountains, this was the end of the line: there was …
Historic Site in Eastern Desert

Barrameya

One of the most impressive rock-inscription collections in the Eastern Desert is at Barrameya, which fringes the Marsa Alam–Edfu road. Here in the smooth, grey rock are hunting scenes with dogs chasing ostriches, de…
Tomb in Eastern Desert

Tomb of Sayyed Al Shadhili

The Eastern Desert is scattered with numerous Islamic tombs and shrines. One of the best known is that of Sayyed Al Shadhili, a Moroccan holy man and Sufi leader. Al Shadhili established his brotherhood in Alexandri…