Nestling at the foot of Mount Sinai the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine’s was for many years completely isolated. Surrounded by red granite mountains, twenty or so monks still inhabit it today.
The surrounding mountains are incredibly beautiful, and most visitors climb the well-worn path to the top of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments.
Hire a camel from the base of the mountain, but you will have to walk up the last seven hundred steps. Below the steps is Elijah’s Basin, a sandy plain dotted with cypress trees, one is said to be over one thousand years old.