A fresh report from the Israeli Anti Terror Department marks the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt as the most dangerous place for Israelis. I say, take it with a grain of salt. Look at the picture:
Terror attacks are likely there, according this department in the prime minister’s office. Other locations are listed there as well, especially towards the Jewish holidays beginning in September 12th.
I’ve been to Sinai just 2 months ago. It seemed very calm and felt safe. I guess that it would be stupid traveling to the beautiful beaches on the Jewish holidays when many Israeli cross the border. It really would be unsafe: Many Israelis packed together would make a great target for terrorists. The Egyptian security forces don’t supply a sufficient level of security.
And, too many Israelis together isn’t fun at all. We tend to be too loud and too rude when traveling or resting in big groups. I’ve avoided large groups of Israelis in Nepal, Peru and even in New Zealand.
So, Sinai is a great place for a vacation. I’ve been there half a dozen times in the past, and I will sure go there in the future. I’ll just avoid the Jewish holidays. A regular weekend will be just fine…
Many things have changed since my last visit to the beaches of Sinai (air-conditioned Taxi!), but the beautiful beaches haven’t changed. Only after being there, I realized how much I missed the blue-turquoise waters, the yellow beaches and the red mountains.
More pictures from Sinai
Apart from all this romanticism, it was really fun. Inbal, Dana, Islay, Almost30 and myself went to Bir Sweir, about 40 kilometers south of Taba (Israel-Egypt border crossing point). Contrary to previous visits in Sinai, the food was really good. The traditional Sahlab was full of fruit and carefully designed. The other dishes were of high quality (and design (again)).
We were mostly alone on the beach. This was different from previous visits. This is probably due to previous attacks on tourists in Sinai and maybe also due to the fact that this was a normal weekend, and not holiday season in Israel. Well, more peace and quiet for us!
So, what did we do there? Absolutely nothing. And it was great! I have lots of pictures that were taken while resting on the carpets…
I hope to go there again towards the end of the summer. If anyone wants the details of very recommended place we’ve been to, contact me.
Tomorrow night, I’m taking a long weekend off, and traveling to the Sinai peninsula in Egypt. A bunch of friends and myself are going to the lie on the beach for 4 days, doing absolutely nothing.
Well, we are going eat (Hummus and Fish mostly), drink (Sahlab primarily), and maybe even fell the water of red sea, but no real activities are planned…
In the past 2 and half years, since the terrorist attacks on Taba and Ras-A-Satan ( and a few more that followed), not many Israelis dare to go there. But I’m sick and tired of being afraid, and bombs go off also here in Israel.
I’ve been 5 times to Sinai, and I really love the laid back atmosphere, the deep blue sea, the red mountains, and being cut off from the hectic modern life. Apart from those big words, it is just so fun!
I promise to write and share photos when I’m back.