Seeing Another Side Of Sinai: 10 Best Things To Do In Nuweiba, Egypt

Things to do in Nuweiba
Rofiq
Rofiq
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If you think that Cairo and Alexandria are inevitably filled with a crowd, there is no harm exploring the deserted Sinai Peninsula. This charming area has a gem nestled in the eastern region, named Nuweiba. Uniquely inhabited by two distinct Bedouin tribes, the “bubbling springs” always makes the enthusiastic wanderers drop their jaw – the port, Tarabin, and the beach strip are exceptional.

Here is an informative guide about the top 10 things to do in Nuweiba, Egypt:

1. Discover the Coloured Canyon

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For those who can’t be apart from the dessert, mountain and rocks, the Coloured Canyon will be sad to miss. It’s where you can trace a dazzling labyrinth of amber rocks. On a rare occasion, you’ll see gaudy and hued shades on the stone’s surface. The best time to visit is between October and April.

Coloured Canyon

Address: Qesm Nwebaa, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt

Opening Hours: 24 hours

2. Ride a camel in the Sinai desert

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Trekking by camel to undergo a Sinai discovery is nothing but astounding. Have some of your best moments while being an avid nomadic-style traveler and acquire some deep insight into the Bedouin tradition and culture. One of the tour packages offered by Nature Travel includes exploring Wadi el Wedai, staying overnight in Wadi Freiaa and seeing the Coloured Canyon.

Nature Travel

Address: Nuweiba, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt

Website: Nature Travel

3. Experience the Bedouin life in Ain Khudra

Ain Khudra Oasis
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Are you curious about what the oasis life looks like? Give it a shot by diving into the peaceful Ain Khudra, 8 kilometers (5 miles) away from the hub of Nuweiba. The contrasted landscape where greenery meets barren land is indeed mind-blowing. Take an ample chance to interact with the locals, taste the Bedouine cuisine, and sip the lovely tea. Come in January to enjoy the cold breeze.

Ain Khudra

Address: 8 km (5 mi) away from the Main Road, Nuweiba, Egypt

Website: Oasis in Sinai

4. Climb Mount Sinai (Jebel Musa)

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To see another side of Sinai, mainly the Nuweiba, brace yourself by trying the challenging trail to the peak of Mount Sinai or Jebel Musa. There are a lot of captivating points that leave you speechless during your hiking trip, such as the magical basins filled with lush trees and shrubs, the rock of Moses, historic Byzantine chapels, Ramadan’s garden, and Farsh Loza.

Sinai Trekking and Safari

Website: Sinai Trekking and Safari

5. Go diving in the Gulf of Aqaba

Gulf of Aqaba
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Want to dig into Nuweiba’s underwater world? Head to Gulf of Agaba, put on your diving equipment, and see the marine life. There is a plethora of dive sites, accessible from the shore. Once, you are in the water depths, you will think of getting lost in the flashy coral gardens loaded with a wide array of beautiful fish swimming over you, such as shrimp fish, razor fish, and Pegasus fish.

Blueforce Diving Nuweiba

Address: Qesm Dahab, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt

Contact Number: +20 1004472964

6. Escape to Nawamis site

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Source: Photo by user Arian Zwegers used under CC BY 2.0

The history fanatics should make a short trip to Nawamis site to be amazed by the remains of the Nabataean civilization – it’s situated in a desert area surrounded by Nuweiba, Dahab, and St. Katherine. The ancient round structures made up of stacks of gold-colored stones are not found anywhere in the rest of the world. Interestingly, the relics always sit on elevated spots facing west.

Nawamis site

Address: Next to the road from Nuweiba to St. Catherine, Nuweiba, Egypt

Opening Hours: 24 hours

7. Drop by at Castle Zaman

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When you are driving along the path midst the Egyptian desert between Nuweiba and Taba, never forget to stop at a unique spot named Castle Zaman. It offers two breathtaking things – scenic views of the blue ocean and old architecture. Unexpectedly, this historic site is equipped with facilities such as a swimming pool, cocktail bar, and restaurant.

Castle Zaman

Address: East of the Sinai Peninsula overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, Taba, Egypt

Opening Hours: 12 to 9 pm

8. Gaze at stars from Bedouin Star Beach


If you’re looking for an extraordinary stay experience in Nuweiba, ensure to book your spot at Star Beach. True to its name, this lively camp offers you a great chance to watch a million sparkling stars scattered across the horizon in the evening. Before doing the exciting fun night activities, choose your own favorite hut – they range from plywood to palm.

Bedouin Star Beach

Address: Nuweiba - Taba Road, S. Sinai, Egypt

Contact Number: +20 1002617272

9. Enjoy dinner at Ciao Nuweiba Restaurant


End your weary day of adventure by fueling up with Egyptian food at Ciao Nuweiba Restaurant, situated on Dune Beach. You can deliberately select your own foods listed on the menu from Italian pasta, an assortment of seafood, fried chicken to healthy green salads. The hot chocolate for your beverage option is definitely recommended.

Ciao Nuweiba Restaurant

Address: Dune Beach, Egypt

Opening Hours: 12 pm to 11:59 pm

10. Visit St. Catherine Monastery

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Nuweiba is also best known for its ancient sacred sites – and one of them is the Monastery of St. Catherine. This historic attraction whose official name is Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai is set on the foot of Mount Sinai (whilst hiking up the mountain, you will pass it). The old chapel has a number of works of art such as the Crucifixion and Transfiguration.

St. Catherine Monastery

Address: Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt

Contact Number: +20 693470353

Visit Nuweiba to find another worthy side of Sinai!

Nuweiba is such a complete package where you can explore a myriad of amazing attractions, from nature to culture and from mountains to underwater. The hidden gem belonging to Sinai never stops enthralling people to visit.

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I am Rofiq from East Java, Indonesia. I am passionate about exploring new places, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures. I always do solo traveling and backpacking since they are...Read more

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