Egypt is not on the top of the list for most back packers…it is known to be a hard country…scams, people trying to suck your money, crowded, loud…etc
Even for me, as an Egyptian, I find Cairo one of the most noisy and headache causing places I’ve ever seen in my life
But one hidden gem on that North African nation, is Dahab town.
Located in the Sinai Peninsula, it is technically not in Africa, but in the Asian part of Egypt.
Dahab, unlike the rest of Egypt, is EXTREMELY relaxed. Located on the Red Sea, it is actually a backpacker’s town. Full of very cheap hostels – as cheap as $3 per night, and also cheap hotels, and packed by cheap restaurants on the beach where you can sit and enjoy the sun and the water all day long.
Reasons I fell in love with Dahab?
I am not quite sure, but maybe it is the relaxed atmosphere this place has…
Or maybe it is the type of travelers that fill the place, unlike Sharm el Sheikh where I live and work, where travelers there are the richer type, respectively, while in Dahab they are the type of people I’d love meeting and hanging out with.
Maybe it’s the music played all around town in all cafes? All restaurants and bars here only play 3 types of music: Chilling Oldies, Bob Marley or Mohamed Mounir (My only favourite Arabic singer, originally from Nubia)
It might be that there ain’t much hassle here, compared to Cairo for example, where in touristy places you would get literally mad, annoyed and angry because of all the people trying to sell you something you don’t want to buy, here they still do try to sell their products, but they only ask once and don’t push it any further, which makes things quite easy…
I am not very sure, but I fell in love with Dahab, with it’s people, even it’s cute bedouin kids who sell hand made bracelets in restaurants on the beach, they are so cute, funny, sociable and as young as they are, they speak perfect English for other Egyptians their age!
This place just has this amazingly relaxing hippie vibe floating in the air…
I am definitely coming back to Dahab soon.
I am, also, definitely going to stay here for a couple of months someday and take some diving courses, which is very popular in this hippie town