Road Trip: Cairo To Sharm El Sheikh Via St. Catherine’s Monastery

Road Trip: Cairo To Sharm El Sheikh Via St. Catherine’s Monastery

Sharm el-Sheikh can be reached by driving down the western coast from Cairo via Suez and El Tur.

After Suez it is a scenic ocean drive, passing through sand dunes, with deep blue sea on one side and rocky mountains and flat desert on the other side. It takes around 7-8 hours if you drive down straight to Sharm.

It could take a bit longer if a visit to St. Catherine’s Monastery is included in the plan. I strongly recommend visiting this historical site.

 

St. Catherine's Monastery:

Built in 6th century by a Byzantine emperor, St. Catherine’s Monastery is a UNESCO heritage site.

The monastery is situated at the foothill of Mountain Moses and looks like a fortress from outside. Inside monastery walls one can find one of the oldest Greek orthodox churches, Mosses well, burning bush and a mosque! It is quite remarkable to see that the monastery has survived wars and religious persecutions throughout the centuries. It was granted protection from none other than Prophet Mohammed and other religious and prominent leaders in the history.

The museum contains religious artifacts and a copy of a letter from Prophet Mohammed (granting the worship rights) is believed to be kept inside one of the vaults.