Mount Sinai is one of the most hallowed spiritual destinations in the world. St. Catherine's Monastery at its base is built on the supposed site of Moses' burning bush, and the summit is where he is believed to have received The 10 Commandments. Whether you are religious or not, if you climb the mountain in time to watch the sunrise, you are bound to feel the majesty of the place.
For something a bit different
Egypt's most famous sites may be the Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza. But, in fact, the area around Sharm El Sheikh will show you a whole different side to the country. Travel into the Sinai desert to see stunning scenery, like the mind-boggling White and Black deserts. Then go diving in the Red Sea to see all the exotic sea-life that makes up the most exciting of nature's entertainment shows.
For peace and quiet
The Egyptian coast is always the perfect place to relax on a sunny beach and recharge. But the general media noise has put off some tourists unnecessarily, which means that many resorts are quieter than usual. Should you head for the Red Sea coast, you'll find yourself receiving the best service from Egyptians who are thirsting for your custom, and you might even find a deal to get you there.
For an adventure
The desert is the world's best natural playground, and if you visit Sharm El Sheikh, you must book some outdoor activities, like white-knuckle dune-bashing in Jeeps, sand-boarding, or even just the more traditional camel-riding. There's no better way to appreciate the staggering colours of Egypt's natural landscape than with your adrenaline pumping, out in fresh air.
For an education
The holidays where you simply enjoy sitting on the beach are wonderful. But the ones that will create memories you'll cherish forever are the holidays where you experience something new. You never learn as much as you do from a foreign culture, and that of the Bedouin tribes people, who live in the desert around Sharm El Sheikh, is about as foreign to Western culture as it could be. Share a meal with the welcoming locals, or browse through and buy some of their beautifully beaded, handmade jewelery. Small gifts, such as pens and paper, are always appreciated, and perhaps the children will teach you some of the traditional sign language in exchange.
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