North Sinai Governorate

Tourism in North Sinai

North Sinai Governorate is located in the north-eastern part of Egypt. It comprises the northern half of the Sinai Peninsula. One of the least densely populated governorates in an otherwise populous country, North Sinai definitely is a quiet haven in Egypt. Spreading over an area of 27,574 square kilometers, North Sinai has a population density of 15 people per square kilometer.

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Tourism in North Sinai

Tourism in North Sinai

North Sinai Governorate is located in the north-eastern part of Egypt. It comprises the northern half of the Sinai Peninsula. One of the least densely populated governorates in an otherwise populous country, North Sinai definitely is a quiet haven in Egypt. Spreading over an area of 27,574 square kilometers, North Sinai has a population density of 15 people per square kilometer.
El Arish is the capital and the largest city in North Sinai. The governorate also includes other smaller cities such as Nekhel, Rafah, Bir al-Abed, Hassana, and Sheikh Zuweid.
Tourism and handicrafts are the main economic resources in the governorate. North Sinai features exceptional natural beauty and amazing weather. In addition to that, the land of Fairuz is where the desert meets the sea, it combines the golden desert sands with the crystal clear turquoise water.

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Explore North Sinai

Explore North Sinai

One of the must-visits in the area is Al-Nakheel beach, which is one of the most eco-friendly areas in the country, as well as one of the most beautiful beaches in Egypt.
In addition to Al-Nakheel, several other beaches in North Sinai feature comfort facilities, such as El Bardawil Beach, El Sheikh Zuwaid Beach, and El Masaeed Beach.
Moreover, North Sinai is home to El Zaraniq Natural Park, which is a perfect destination for bird-Watching, Fishing, and Safari tours.
The desert ambiance of the coastal region is also one of the aspects that make the place popular among tourists. It is one of the few places where you can really enjoy a genuine Bedouin atmosphere is the desert as a large part of the North Sinai population comprises of Bedouins.

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Top destinations in North Sinai

North Sinai is one of the quietest governorates in Egypt and the least populated. Nonetheless, the region is a great tourist destination. Check the top places to visit in the area.

El Arish

El Arish

El Arish is the administrative capital of ‎the governorate of North Sinai and the largest city in the Sinai Peninsula. Renowned for its abundance of palm trees along the white sandy beaches, El Arish coast extends for 10 kilometers from the east to the west. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, it features amazing balmy weather most of the year, but to really enjoy the sea one better avoid the rainy winter months. If you happen to visit El Arish, make sure to check the Sinai Heritage ‎Museum, which is the only museum ‎dedicated to the culture of the nomads and Bedouins of Sinai. ‎

Bardawil Lake

Bardawil Lake

Lake Bardawil is a very saline lagoon by the Mediterranean coast, it extends for about 30 kilometers long, and 14 kilometers wide. Large as it may be, the lake is quite shallow, reaching a depth of about 3 meters. It is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a narrow sandbar that ranges in width between 100 m and 1 km. Six endangered species of fauna can be found at Bardawil lake, four of which are endemic including Iris Mariae and Bellevalia Salah-Eldin.

Zaranik protected area

Zaranik protected area

Situated at the eastern end of Lake Bardawil, 30 kilometers west of the center of ‎the city of El Arish, The Zaranik protected area is the least polluted wetland in Egypt and one of the least polluted sites in the entire Mediterranean region. It is home to Egypt’s first bird observatory. the Protected Area of Zaranik is a major wintering area for large numbers of birds and an important spawning ground for fish. Two hundred and forty-four different bird species have been officially sighted in Zaranik, including swans, ducks, herons, falcons, ‎quail, buzzard, lunar, crow, hoopoe, and rubella. ‎

Frequently asked questions

What to buy from North Sinai?

The governorate is renowned for producing the best olives in Egypt, you can buy the most delicious olive oil there. It is also well known for producing palm trees, figs, and peaches.

When to visit North Sinai?

North Sinai features great weather almost all year round. However, it can get pretty windy during winter. That is why it is best to go during summer, spring, or fall.

Can I drive from Cairo to North Sinai?

Yes, it is around 500 kilometers from Cairo to North Sinai, and the roads are all newly paved highways so the drive is quite nice. You might find numerous checkpoints though, especially during national holidays.