Wadi Assal’s water spring in Ras Sudr – Mohamed Awad
CAIRO – 3 October 2017: Sinai’s mineral springs constitute a therapeutic tourism attraction in Egypt. Below are four locations where you can have a therapeutic dip in the area.
A spring in Wadi Assal (Honey Valley) in Ras Sudr is known among the locals to treat arthritis, cleanse the skin and has a breathtaking sunset.
Ramadan Assayed, a tourist bus driver over 60 years of age, said he knew about Wadi Assal from a Bedouin after he complained to him about back pain and arthritis.
Now, whenever Assayed travels to Ras Sudr for work, he rubs the mud on the bank of the spring into his body, then bathes in the 50-degrees Celsius spring for at least 20 minutes.
Hammam Pharaon (Pharaoh’s Bath), located on the International road to Sharm El-Sheikh, is a natural pool of water springing from caves inside a mountain and pours into the Gulf of Suez. Tourists prefer swimming downstream to tolerate the water temperature, which gets higher if you go deeper in the caves.
In 2008, an Egyptian archaeological mission revealed that the area of Pharaoh’s Bath hosts a cave that had been used as a shelter for Egyptian Christians fleeing the Roman persecution in the fourth and fifth centuries.
Located in El-Tor city, locals believe that Prophet Daud (David) was healed by the water of Hammam Moussa (Moses Bath) during his journey in Sinai.
They also claim that Hammam Moussa’s water travels underground until it mixes with the water that feeds Pharaoh’s Bath, which is 30 kilometers away.
However, Hamed, a tourist guide, said the spring was formed in the 80s after an oil exploration process resulted in a mineral water spring, rather than oil.
The water temperature can reach 200 degrees Celsius, and comes out boiling from underground with steam loaded with the smell of sulfur. The water formed a 100-meter long trench, until it pours in a natural 150-square meter pool with a two-meter depth. The temperature of the pool, which is surrounded by trees, ranges from very hot, to hot and warm.
The mineral spring water is believed to heal the musculoskeletal system and rheumatic diseases, as well as other benefits from the natural clay.