Hearing the name Sinai sparks mostly biblical images, particularly of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. You think of a sand-filled desert landscape baking in the hot sun. But the reality of Sinai is so much better. This part of Egypt seems like it is in another country entirely, well away from the chaos of Cairo.
On the other side of the desert and mountains, you can walk right into the clear blue waters of the Red Sea and enjoy some time soaking up the sunshine.
While the idea of spending an entire week settled into a sun lounger with nothing more to do than nap or read has its appeal, there is much more to see and do in Sinai, so don’t limit yourself.
The waters of the Red Sea are incredibly clear, making it a great place to go diving. Explore the life under the surface of the warm water. It is an excellent place to start if you are new to diving or you are gearing up to explore the Blue Hole in Dahab.
You can also stay close to the dive areas around Sharm like Ras Mohammad National Park, Na’ama Bay and Thistlegorm.
Sand Surfing, fossil hunting and camel rides
The desert offers visitors a very unique experience: sand surfing. Grab a board and glide down the sandy dunes of the nearby desert. Or hire quadbikes and go on adventure. You can also go climbing in the colored canyons and camp out under the stars. Of course you may want to avoid camping in winter – this is the desert and it can get very cold over night.
If you want to have a look at ancient fossils, Sinai offers plenty of opportunities to do just that as you explore the old riverbeds. Another great experience that you can get at Sinai that you won’t have at other beaches is the opportunity to ride on a camel through the desert.
With such calm waters, the Red Sea is an ideal place to take part in some watersports, including sailing and windsurfing. Kitesurfing and parasailing are some other experiences not to be missed. There are also plenty of places to rent jet skis and even banana boats or kayaks for a little more fun in the sun.
Mount Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery
If a little history will make your visit complete, make sure you take a tour of St. Catherine’s Monastery and hike up Mount Sinai. Explore the grounds and other historical features of the ancient monastery before taking the two-hour trek up to the summit of the mountain.
Not every beach holiday has to be spent in the typical vacation spot. Take the opportunity to visit a unique place in Egypt that will offer you more than you would expect on your average beach holiday.