Tourist Attractions in Egypt (I)
Adventurous camel rides in the barren deserts of the Sinai, exciting diving in the impressive Red Sea diving locations or simply basking in the sun of the beach. Keep reading to discover the most important tourist attractions in Egypt.
1. Colored Canyon (Tourist Attractions in Egypt: Mountain)
The Colored Canyon is also known as the Rainbow Canyon. The canyon’s colorful relief was eroded in the course of several million years by flows of water. The canyon’s mainly reddish color spectacle is best admired before sunset.
2. Saint Catherine’s Monastery (Tourist Attractions in Egypt: Monastery – El-Milga)
Saint Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mount Sinai. In the year 337, Saint Helena, Emperor Constantine’s mother, had a chapel and a tower built for pilgrims coming to visit the site of the Burning Bush. In the course of time the complex was extended with defensive walls and other sacred buildings. Today it features an important library and a collection of icons. The monks who live here only permit visitors to view a small part of the complex.
3. Mount Sinai (Tourist Attractions in Egypt: Mountain)
Located in the South of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai is the second highest point on the Sinai Peninsula. For Christians, Muslims and Jews, the 2280-meter-high “Gabal Musa” is a holy site. According to the Bible, this was where Moses received the Ten Commandments. After climbing up to the mountain plateau, guests can enjoy a magnificent view of the area, especially at sunset. Further up there is a mosque and a chapel. In the valley beneath the summit lies the Garden of the Prophet Elijah.
4. Ras Mohammed (Tourist Attractions in Egypt: Park)
Colorful coral reefs and mangrove islands offer sanctuary for numerous species of bird and the impressive fauna of Eel Garden. In 1983 the area where the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez converge was opened as a national park. The Ras Mohammed Marine Protected Area is located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and stretches over an area of over 400 square kilometers. Operators offer diving and day excursions, as well as tours.