Sinai does not have much to offer the tourist looking for historical sites. St. Catherines is the only one currently available and is well worth the trip. Close to Mount Sinai, which we had climbed on a previous visit- an exhilarating and exhausting challenge. On that occasion the monastery was closed to visitors - take care when you arrange your trip to St. Catherines- it is often closed. We were glad we made the return trip this summer. The monastery is different and a very welcome diversion from the sun , sand and sea of the coast, There are relics, architecture and art covering the 1000 + years or so of the monastery's history
Organised by our excellent tour operator, Memphis Tours of Cairo, and guided by Ahmed their very knowledgeable and friendly local representative, we combined our trip to St. Catherines with a walk along the Coloured Canyon - an interesting clamber up and down gullies that displayed unusual rock formations, some multi-coloured and sculptured by wind and water over the years, with a welcome cup of tea with our bedouin guide.
A very good day out
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