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The Sinai Peninsula is a triangular shaped area that forms a land bridge between Africa and the Middle East, covering around 60,000 square meters in total. Though predominantly in Egypt, portions also lie in Israel and Jordan, making the Sinai Peninsula a fascinating and diverse region for a holiday. The most popular destination in the region is the world famous Sharm el Sheikh, but up and coming Dahab is an equally attractive alternative, and there are many other attractions to explore once you have a base location.
The Sinai Peninsula offers a huge array of potential activities for any visitor. The majority can be found in Sharm el Sheikh, with water sports, swimming, scuba diving, sunbathing, golf and other sports all popular during the daytime. Nightime activities are also plentiful, with a huge number of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and casinos to enjoy – and even then you have only just scratched the surface. There are also historic attractions to enjoy in the Sinai Peninsula, and many visitors choose to climb all or part of the way up Mount Sinai – the location that is believed to be where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.
At the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula is its most famous resort, Sharm el Sheikh. Long regarded as the best resort in the country, the city is located on the shores of the Red Sea, and offers fantastic opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and water sports. This busy tourist resort also has a vibrant nightlife, glorious beaches and virtually every other type of tourist attraction imaginable. Visitors can choose to stay in a luxury villa or modern apartment – a great base from which to enjoy this hugely popular resort.
Along the eastern coast of the Sinai Peninsula is the city of Dahab, which is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. As well as being renowned for its windsurfing, Dahab is regarded as the region’s best diving spot. There are cultural activities to be enjoyed as well, with Saint Catherine’s Monastery a popular destination, and from here it is just a two hour drive to the biblical Mount Sinai.
Average temperatures in Sharm el Sheikh range from 23C to 35C, with July and August the hottest months in which to visit. Dahab has slightly cooler winter low temperatures but similar summer highs. Rainfall in the region is almost non-existent all year round.
The Sinai Peninsula is now as easily accessible to UK travellers as more traditional European destinations, with Thomas Cook, easyJet and Jet2 just some of the airlines regularly flying to Sharm el Sheik International Airport, many of which offer budget flights. Those holidaying in Dahab will be required to make a 100km drive from the airport in order to get to their destination.