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Sights

Top ChoiceMonastery in St Katherine Protectorate

St Catherine's Monastery

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...

Top ChoiceMountain in St Katherine Protectorate

Mt Sinai

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,...

Top ChoiceDive Site in Dahab

Blue Hole

Blue Hole

Carved into a reef, 8km north of Dahab, is Egypt’s most infamous dive site. The Blue Hole is a gaping sinkhole that drops straight down – some say as deep as 130m. Exploring the deeper depths should be left to...

Top ChoiceDive Site in Sharm El Sheikh

Thistlegorm

One of the top five wreck dives in the world, the Thistlegorm is a 129m-long cargo ship built in Sunderland, England, which was sunk during World War II. The ship had been on its way to Alexandria carrying...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Sinai Coast

Ras Mohammed National Park

The waters surrounding this peninsula, 20km west of Sharm El Sheikh, are home to spectacular coral reefs, including the world-famous Shark and Jolanda Reefs dive sites. Snorkelling just off the shore here is...

Top ChoiceDive Site in Sharm El Sheikh

Ras Um Sid

One of the best dive sites in the area, Ras Um Sid features a spectacular gorgonian forest along a dramatic drop-off that hosts a great variety of reef fish. It's opposite Hotel Royal Paradise. Depth: 15m to 40m....

Top ChoiceDive Site in Sharm El Sheikh

Thomas Reef

The smallest, but easily the most spectacular, of the Tiran reefs, Thomas is home to steeply plunging walls that are lined with soft coral, schooling fish and patrolling sharks. Depth: surface to more than 40m....

Top ChoiceDive Site in Sharm El Sheikh

Dunraven

The Dunraven sank in 1876 on its way from Bombay to Newcastle. Today the wreck, found at the southeast tip of Sha’ab Mahmud, is encrusted in coral and home to various knick-knacks including china plates, metal...

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...

Dive Site in Ras Mohammed National Park

Shark & Jolanda Reefs

This two-for-one special off the southern tip of Ras Mohammed is among the most famous dives in the Red Sea and rated one of the top five dives in the world. Strong currents take divers on a thrilling ride along...

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...

Park in Sinai Coast

Ras Abu Gallum Protectorate

The starkly beautiful Ras Abu Gallum Protectorate covers 400 sq km of coastline between Dahab and Nuweiba, mixing coastal mountains, narrow valleys, sand dunes and fine-gravel beaches with several diving and...

Park in Sinai Coast

Nabq Protectorate

Thirty-five kilometres north of Sharm El Sheikh, Nabq is the largest coastal protectorate on the Gulf of Aqaba. Named after an oasis that lies within its boundaries, Nabq straddles 600 sq km of land and sea...

Ruins in Sinai

Serabit Al Khadim

One of Sinai's most impressive sites, this ruined Pharaonic temple is surrounded by ancient turquoise mines and starkly beautiful landscapes. Turquoise was mined here as far back as the Old Kingdom, and the...

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...

Dive Site in Sharm El Sheikh

Gardens

At the perennially popular Gardens there are actually three sites in one. Near Garden is home to a lovely chain of pinnacles; Middle Garden features a fringing ridge that gently slopes down to a bed of sandy...

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...

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...

Canyon in Sinai Coast

Coloured Canyon

This canyon derives its name from the layers of bright, multicoloured stones that resemble paintings on its steep, narrow walls. It's magnificently beautiful. As the canyon is sheltered from the wind, the silence...

Dive Site in Sinai Coast

Sha'ab Abu Nuhas

More than a few ships have come a-cropper on this reef, just north of Shedwan Island, so if you're a wreck diving fan, this reef should be high on your list. The two best wrecks to explore here are the Carnatic,...