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Sainte Catherine

Sainte Catherine (Egypt)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 hours from Sharm El-Sheikh by road
When to go
From September to Juin
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Sainte Catherine

Adeline Haverland Seasoned Traveller
20 written opinions

Mentioned in all the tourist guides, Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai is a must-see during your stay in Egypt. Located at over 1500 metres of altitude, it is still active today.

My suggestion:
All of the guidebooks will tell you that it is best to discover Saint Catherine early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from the peak. Remember this advice - it’s an unforgettable sight. 
My review

After a short stay at a Bedouin camp which welcomes tourists, we began the climb to the monastery in the early hours of the morning. Like the other hordes of visitors, we started walking at about 4 o’clock in the morning. The trail is a little over 7 kilometres long and slightly difficult, but it’s well worth the effort. Among the rocks which overlook the desert, the atmosphere on the trail is calm and each person can walk at his or her own pace.

Once at the summit, you have to struggle to get the best spot to see the sunrise. It’s an unforgettable sight. The intermix of colours in the desert and the yellow and orange light that paints the mountain make it by far the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen. Remember to bring blankets with you because at an altitude of 1500 metres it quickly gets cold once you’ve finished walking - you will appreciate the scene all the more if you’re nice and warm.

Visiting the monastery itself did not leave make much of an impression on me. It is very simple and only a small part is accessible. Probably irritated by the tourists, the monks who still live there are not particularly hospitable. 

St Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai
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