Sharm El Sheikh
If exploration is what you are looking for, then Ain El Sokhna should be your
destination of choice. The city is a short drive away from Cairo, marking the
perfect location from which to enjoy both the Pyramids of Cairo and the glorious
The name Ain El Sokhna (which translates as ‘hot springs’) refers to the
nearby sulfur springs that flow from Gebel Ataqa, the Eastern Desert’s
northernmost mountain. Being a year-round sunshine destination with gentle waves
of the clear Red Sea that is located barely more than an hour from the capital
make Ain El Sokhna the ideal destination to have a break from the congestion of
Its crystal waters and pristine beaches are the reason why Ain El Sokhna is
known as a center for deep- sea fishing, while Zaafarana is among the
world's premier diving locations and famous for its wind and kite surfing too.
Beaches and water sports aren’t only what this tourist resort has to offer you,
as it is also a favorite spot for underwater photography, as well as an ideal
one for camping. With a constant breeze, windsurfing is also popular in this
city. In land, desert safaris in the nearby oasis and mountain canyons add to
the list of attractions.
For those who want to cram in some sightseeing, there are appealing options:
One of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, the Suez Canal , is less than
an hour’s drive away. Make stops at St. Anthony’s Monastery and the
Monastery of St. Paul . The former, which bears the name of one of the earliest
advocates of Christian monasticism, is among the oldest inhabited monasteries in
Egypt. With fortress-style architecture built to withstand Bedouin attacks, it
encloses gardens, a mill, a bakery and five churches, and features a series of
unique wall paintings of holy knights and the hermits who founded the monastery.
Its library is home to over 1,700 handwritten manuscripts. A picturesque
two-kilometer hike from the monastery will bring you to panoramic views of the
mountains and the Red Sea at the cave where St. Anthony lived as a hermit.
The spectacular high mountains, glistening sandy beaches, and clear water
make Ain El Sokhna the holiday destination where you will discover the true
meaning of fishing, diving, skating, and mountain climbing. It also plays a
major role in therapeutic tourism as it contains a lot of sulfur and mineral
springs that cure various diseases.