Nubians live in houses painted with bright colours.
Traditionally, the floor was made of sand and not all the rooms
were roofed. Protection against rain is not a priority since
Aswan is one of the driest places in the world.
Nubians are friendly and hospitable. They often invite you to
their homes for a cup of tea or “Karkade”, a drink made of
hibiscus flowers. Many would happily show you their handicrafts.
They sometimes invite you to taste their unique “Shamsi” bread
which has a special baking technique. The bakers, usually the
women of the village, let the dough rise in the sun before
baking it. Some connoisseurs claim that the “Shamsi” bread is
one of the best kinds of bread in the world.
hospitality, a reciprocal gesture of generosity is not necessary
but would certainly be appreciated!
are found in and around Aswan. A couple of them
are located only 150 meters from the corniche on Elephantine
in Aswan archipelago.
Many Nubians used to live in the valley of the Nile south of
Aswan. However, the artificial Lake Nasser created by the
construction of the high dam flooded many Nubian villages. As a
result, more than 100,000 Nubian inhabitants of the area were
relocated to villages north of Aswan and around Kom Ombo.
Other interesting villages are located on the west bank of the
Nile and can be reached by felucca, motorboat or a car. A famous one is “Gharb
Sehel” which is located near the old dam south of the
archipelago on the west bank. Another famous Nubian village is
Gharb Aswan which is located north of the Tombs of the