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 ChoiceIndian in Sharm El Sheikh

Rangoli

If you're a fan of the flavours of the subcontinent, don't miss Rangoli: romantically perched within the cliffside tumble of the Mövenpick Resort with the sweep of Na'ama Bay laid out below. Thanks to the...

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 ChoiceItalian in Dahab

Lakhbatita

We adore Lakhbatita's eccentric decoration, friendly service and serene ambience, all of which bring a touch of Italian flair to Dahab. The small menu of homemade pasta dishes, many featuring seafood, is a cut...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Sharm El Sheikh

Fares Seafood

Always crowded with locals, Fares is a Sharm El Sheikh institution for good-value seafood. Order fish priced by weight or choose from one of the pasta or tagen (stew cooked in a deep clay pot) options on the...

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...

Top ChoiceCafe in Dahab

Ralph's German Bakery

Everybody in Dahab ends up at Ralph's at some point. This is Dahab's top stop for breakfast, brunch, and coffee and croissant breaks, and it does a fine line in quiche and apple strudel as well. People who have...

Top ChoiceCafe in Sharm El Sheikh

Farsha Cafe

All nooks and crannies, floor cushions, Bedouin tents and swinging lamps, Farsha is the kind of place that travellers come to for a coffee and find themselves lingering at four drinks and a shisha pipe later....

Top ChoiceBar in Sharm El Sheikh

Camel Roof Bar

Camel is a favourite among dive instructors for its relaxed, casual vibe. This is the optimal place to start off the evening, especially for divers looking to swap stories from down under.

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...