Taba has been a caravan route since the 14th century, serving as a meeting of borders between Jordan, Israel and the whole of Egypt as well as overlooking Saudi Arabia. With its warm weather, idyllic beaches and convenient location, Taba is a great place for leisure and adventure seekers alike.
Taba has been a much disputed area of Sinai between Egypt in Israel. It has changed hands several times but has ended up back in Egypt's possession. The first occupation by Israel was between 1956-1957. Israel occupied Taba again 10 years later, in 1967 and finally argued for possession during peace negotiations after the Yom-Kippur War, however the commission charged with solving the dispute sided in Egypt's favor.
Taba is located at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, part of the Red Sea, and is accessible by road from any major city in Egypt including Cairo and Sharm El-Sheihk, as well as from Eilat in Israel. There is a ferry service from Aqaba, Jordan, which is currently closed due to safety concerns, and commercial, as well as charter flights, from various international airports.
If coming from Eilat, you will be issued a 14 day tourist visa that is valid only for the Sinai region. The border crossing, open 24 hours, is an easy walk, if coming on foot. There are always local Bedouins waiting to take tourist in mini vans to various destinations, but they tend to be overpriced. Many of the hotels have shuttles to escort you to Taba.
Many people visiting Taba come to experience the serene beaches and fantastic hotels that Taba has to offer. All inclusive resorts, which generally include restaurants, shops and even casinos, are a specialty but low budget options are also available for those searching for a deal. Adventure sports such as diving, snorkeling, hiking, quad, and of course camel rides are all possible and arranged by most hotels in the area.
Other tourist attractions in the area include the Colored Canyon, St. Catherine's, Saladin Fortress and Taba Heights. These are all short day trips from Taba that are popular and easily reached.
Featured hotel: Marriott Taba Hotel
Last Updated: September 4th, 2011
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