While it might be quite cold in the Sinai high mountains up until March, the almond trees in the wadis start to blossom as early as January. They are followed by apricot and other fruit species, finishing with apple, pear and pomegranate. Until June you always find some trees in blossom. And just as it takes about half a year for all the fruit species to blossom, you always have some fruit ready to eat from May to as late as October. And it’s only a little time before the cycle starts over again.
There are hundreds of gardens in the wadis in the mountains. Many of he wadis – Wadi Zawatin, Wadi Shaq, Wadi Itlah, Wadi Gebal, and so – can be reached fairly easily from the town of St Catherine on foot. In fact, these hikes are less demanding than climbing Mt Sinai, if you don’t include a high peak. Of course, if the peaks are there, so is the temptation to climb them… but it’s your choice if you just prefer to relax in a beautiful garden.
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