Top things to do in Sinai Interior

Top Choice Monastery in St Katherine Protectorate

St Catherine's Monastery

This ancient monastery traces its founding to about AD 330, when Byzantine empress Helena had a small chapel and a fortified refuge for local hermits built beside what was believed to be the burning bush from which …
Top Choice Mountain in St Katherine Protectorate

Mt Sinai

Known locally as Gebel Musa, Mt Sinai is revered by Christians, Muslims and Jews, all of whom believe that God delivered his Ten Commandments to Moses at its summit. The mountain is easy and beautiful to climb, and …
Historic Site in St Katherine Protectorate

Steps of Repentance

The alternative path to Mt Sinai's summit comprises the taxing 3750 Steps of Repentance, which begin outside the southeastern corner of St Catherine's Monastery compound. They were laid by one monk as a form of pena…
Museum in St Katherine Protectorate

Monastery Museum

Above the Well of Moses in St Catherine's Monastery is the superb Monastery Museum, which has been magnificently restored. It has displays (labelled in Arabic and English) of many of the monastery’s artistic treasur…
Church in St Katherine Protectorate

Church of the Transfiguration

Inside St Catherine's Monastery, this ornately decorated 6th-century church has a nave flanked by marble columns and walls covered in richly gilded icons. At the church’s eastern end, a 17th-century iconostasis sepa…
Park in Sinai Interior

St Katherine Protectorate

St Katherine's Protectorate encompasses a rugged landscape of high-altitude desert. Amid this national park, enclosed within stark mountains, is a wealth of historical sites sacred to the world’s three main monothei…
Mountain in Wadi Feiran

Gebel Serbal

To the south of Wadi Feiran, the 2070m Gebel Serbal (believed by early Christians to have been the real Mt Sinai) is a challenging six-hour hike to the summit along a track known as Sikket Ar Reshshah. Those who per…
Arts & Crafts in St Katherine Protectorate

Bedouina Sinai

This local cooperative of 75 Bedouin women produces bags, purses and cosmetic bags decorated with modern interpretations of traditional Bedouin design. The shop is just up the road from El Malga Bedouin Camp. Pop in…
Arts & Crafts in St Katherine Protectorate


This Bedouin women's cooperative works with more than 300 local women and displays a huge range of textiles and local handicrafts. It's signposted on the first left-hand turn coming into town from Desert Fox Camp.
Religious Site in St Katherine Protectorate

Burning Bush

It’s possible to see what is thought to be a descendant of the original burning bush in the St Catherine's Monastery compound; however, because of visitors snipping cuttings of the bush to take home as blessings, th…