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The mountains surrounding Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula look deserted and devoid of life, but hidden between the crags and crevices, small groups of trees stand guard around fresh water wells: the Secret Gardens.

A visit to these gardens involves a steep climb that lasts until sunset and passes by several wells and ends up on a wide plateau with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Spending the night in the mountains allows visitors to enjoy an unparalleled view of the stars, and on moonless nights, even the Milky Way itself. Rising with the sun, seeing the colors creep back onto the surrounding stones is another moment not to miss.

 The Secret Gardens are often not more than a few trees surrounding a fresh water point. The challenge of surviving in the arid deserts of Sinai, even close to a fresh water point, has made trees adapt their root systems.

 

(Source: Daily News Egypt, photos by Bishoy Beshara)

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