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Sinai Peninsula Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Sinai Peninsula vacation

Book Shops 4 stars
Dahab is a nice place to sit back, dip your feet in the sea and do nothing in for a few days. There’s something to be said about taking a few days off sightseeing and just catching up on your reading every few weeks.

If you’re in Dahab and cant find anyone to trade books with then I would recommend the bookshop near Penguin Village as a great place to buy cheap books in English. The range is random and a bit commercial but there are a few gems hidden around the shelves. The owner is friendly and even offers a hundred percent exchange rate on books if they are in good condition. Not only this but if you buy a book and finish it within a few days you can swap it for another book from his store afterwards provided it is still in good condition. He also sells stamps and will even offer to drop your postcards or letters off in the post office in town in the evening. A fantastic guy and an unexpected bonus in Dahab.


Climbing Mount Sinai 4 stars
Mount Sinai is where Moses is reputed to have got the Ten Commandments from God and looms over St Catherine’s Monastery on the Sinai peninsula. As an important place in all monastic religions there are plenty of religious tourists/pilgrims who make the walk to the top so have no illusion that you’ll find the solitude Moses had a few thousand years ago. Even if you are not particularly religious this mountain is still worth a walk both for the views and the walk itself. Most people chose to walk up during the night so that they can watch the impressive sunset in the morning.

The walk itself is easy and enjoyable although Camel taxis will hound you with offers of “Camel”, “Camel” all of the way up.

It does get really cold at the top so bring a coat. Blankets are available for rental if you are too sparsely attired for the cold. Get there early and stake your place before the crowds arrive before dawn to watch on of the most impressive, dare I say it, romantic even, sunrises you could possibly see on this earth.


Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai 2 stars
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at the bottom of Mount Sinai and is amongst the oldest monasteries in the world. What is more impressive is that even still almost 1500 years after its completion it is a functioning monastery. Built on the site where Moses is believed to have seen the Burning Bush this impressive structure is easily reached from the major towns or resorts in the Sinai peninsula and almost every travel agent does a tour here.

The architecture of the structure is impressive and it holds the second biggest library of early Christian manuscripts in the world. Tour guides hang around the entrance and are cheap and courteous.


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