There are moments in Sinai when one feels as if the history of all the world can be read in its stones. Indeed, the land here is a monument to the antiquity of life on Earth. The stretch of coastline boasts splendid sandy beaches, with colorful mountains as a backdrop and the most fabulous offshore flora and underwater life imaginable. Not only is Sinai a leisure and diving destination, but also has historical significance and some of the most attractive desert scenery possible as well.
After 8,000 years at the heart of history, experience the continuing contrasts. Sinai is where rock meets coral reef and the desert stops at the sea. Where the grandeur of granite meets the golden beaches of the " Red Sea Riviera". Tropical fish and rare birds, spectacular sunsets and clear starry nights.
The strategic location of the Sinai Peninsular at the crossroads of Africa and Asia has made it the gateway to the east for centuries. In the north, the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba are lined with golden sands, swaying palm trees and bays of clear blue water.
In the south, the towering red mountains are surrounded by deep valleys leading to the Holy Mountain where Moses (pbuh) received The Ten commandments .
It was in Sinai that the Pharaohs came in search of gold, copper and turquoise, where Isis sought Osiris, where Moses (pbuh) witnessed the Burning Bush, and where Bedouins camped alongside Crusader forts.
Today the dramatic mountain scenery frames the palm-lined beaches. Here you can relax on immaculate beaches, snorkel in waters rich with rare marine life and exquisite corals while enjoying the exotic experience that Egypt offers.
Sharm El-Sheikh, Sinai
The simplicity of sun, sea and sand. The luxury of five-star hotels, water sports, shopping and entertainment. This is Sharm El-Sheikh, one of the most accessible and developed tourist resort communities on the Sinai peninsula. All around are Bedouins, colorful tents, mountains and sea.
There are small, intimate hotels with modern designs, as well as larger hotel complexes belonging to International chains, plus about all the amenities one could expect of a tourist center, including casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses and health facilities.
In fact, with scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and great nearby antiquities attractions, it is almost impossible for a visitor not to relax and enjoy.
Mount of the Prophet Moses, Sinai
Mount Sinai is both the name of a collection of peaks, sometimes referred to as the Holy Mountains (El-Tur), and the biblical name of the peek on which Moses (pbuh) receivedThe Ten commandments.
Wadi Feiran, Sinai
Few places are as steeped in Biblical mystery as the great Wadi Feiran - the Sinai's largest wadi (valley) and one of it's most archeologically important stretches of terrain. It was here, according to locals, scholars, and legend, that Moses (pbuh) struck a rock with his staff, bringing forth a spring so his people could drink.
Dahab is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sinai that presents divers and snorkelers a wide variety of tropical fish in every color of the rainbow as well as easy access to some of the most gorgeous coral reefs in the world, located in theAqabagulf on the eastern coast of Sinai 85 km north of Sharm el sheikh.
Dahab means "gold" in Arabic. In Sinai it means golden sands, turquoise sea and off-beat cafe life. It is a focus of tourism development, with swaying palms, fine sand and wonderful snorkeling opportunities.
Taba, Sinai (Egypt)
At the northernmost edge of the Gulf of Aqaba lies the small international border town of Taba, a picturesque beach town that in ancient times was once a stopover on the caravan route to the Fort of Aqaba. In modern times, it is best known as the last piece of land that was returned to Egypt following Israel's occupation of Sinai.
Sinai (Egypt) Tourist Information
Northeastern Egypt at the crossroads of Africa and Asia, bordering southern coast of the Mediterranean sea, bounded on the east by the Holyland, Jordan, and the Gulf of Aqaba, on the south by the Red sea. See map in Sinai main page.
14 days Sinai Visa (from Taba to Sharm El-Sheikh and St. Catherine Monastery, excludes Ras Mohammad and Wadi Feiran) is free of charge and available at Taba border, Nuweiba port, Sharm El-Sheikh and Taba Airports.
Primarily a desert type with hot dry summers (May to September) and mild winter (November to March). Rainfall occurs mainly, in the north of the peninsula and to a lesser extent in the southern mountain region.
October and April are transition periods. There are large diurnal temperature ranges, relatively little precipitation, and mostly clear skies throughout the year. The Mediterranean coast has cooler summers, higher humidity and greater cloudiness than the remainder of the peninsula.
Annual rainfall totals range from 75 to 100 mm along the Mediterranean coast to about 10 mm in the South. However, it increases to 60 mm in the mountains near St. Catherine's Monastery. The wettest period is normally December to March, with three to six rainy days a month. May to November is normally rain free, but sudden, fierce rainstorms can occur and normally dry Wadis can become raging torrents of sand and mud.
Much of the Sinai is hot, or very hot with a higher temperature inland, but there is a more temperate region near the north coast and over the mountains. During the period May/June to September/October the mean daily maximum is 28oC to 37oC in the North, 31oC to 42oC near the south coast and 35oC to 41oC inland. Minimum temperatures average between 20oC and 25oC in the summer. Humidity levels are normally highest about dawn, when between 70 and 80 percent is often exceeded.
The winter season is a little less harsh with day high's in the mid-teens and possible 20's, and evenings often falling to around 6oC - 10oC, and may drop below 0oC.
Tipping is a way of showing your satisfaction with a service rendered. Tips to your driver, guide and the hotel personnel are not included and left to your discretion .
What to Bring: Trekking Boots, Warm Sleeping Bags, Day Pack, Water Canteens, Jackets, Hat or Head Cover, Suntan Lotion, Bathing Suit, Snorkel and Mask, Mosquito Repellent, Mugs, Bowl, Plate, Cutlery, First Aid, Flashlights