When most people from other countries think of Egypt, pyramids would come to mind, when asked what to expect upon getting there. No one would think that there is a beach where tourists would flock to when they visit the country. But the truth is, there is a beach somewhere in Egypt, which is somewhere between Egypt and Israel. It is called Tiran Island, and is found in Tiran Strait, right off mainland Egypt, and is, in fact, a disputed piece of land.

It is called Tiran Island, and is found in Tiran Strait, right off mainland Egypt, and is, in fact, a disputed piece of land. Saudi Arabia and Israel have both laid claim to the 31-square mile island. At some point, the Egyptian government gave up its claim to the island, but parliament quashed the motion to cede the rights to Saudi Arabia. For now, it remains under the administration of Egypt.

Despite the underlying tension, the island is quite a popular tourist destination, especially since it’s a nice place to¬†refresh yourself from the hot sun. The beaches on the island offer a cool retreat from a long day of trekking in the sands and ruins of Egypt.

This is probably the main reason tourists insist on having this stop as part of their package when booking their travel plans. If you want a one-of-a-kind adventure while in Egypt, visit Tiran Island and you will surely enjoy every minute you spend there.