Sheikh Awad


This spot amid the Sinai's high mountains is home to a sheikh’s tomb and Bedouin settlement. Due to the diverse mountain scenery on the trails leading between St Katherine and here, it's a popular trekking destination.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Sinai attractions

1. Church of the Transfiguration

12.79 MILES

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…

2. St Catherine's Monastery

12.8 MILES

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…

3. Monastery Museum

12.8 MILES

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…

4. Burning Bush

12.81 MILES

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…

5. Steps of Repentance

12.89 MILES

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…

6. Gebel Serbal

13.14 MILES

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…

7. Mt Sinai

13.53 MILES

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…

8. Hammam Musa

29.29 MILES

Tradition holds that these hot springs, about 5km from Al Tor, were one of the possible stopping points used by Moses and the Israelites on their journey…