Aswan has a mixed and diverse population with a distinct Nubian culture.
It has therefore an African atmosphere which is different from the rest of Egypt.
The pace of life is slow and relaxing. To get a real taste of the ancient and rich Nubian culture, visit the
and a number of picturesque
in and around Aswan.
Aswan offers an abundance of important monuments and interesting places to visit such as
temples, the scented
and the Unfinished Obelisk
If you are seeking exotic adventures, you can sail in a felucca
and visit tropical-like islands such as
and Elephantine Island
, the largest island in the archipelago with many traces of its ancient history.
Visits to the Monastery of St. Simeon
Mausoleum of Aga Khan
, and the Tombs of the Nobles
, all sites located on the west bank and reached by boats, are also highly recommended.
A day trip to the Temples of Abu Simbel
, is a MUST. The site is located 280 km south of Aswan on the shores of Lake Nasser,
one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. The Temples can be reached either by car/bus (in a convoy) or by airplane via Luxor or Aswan.
If you have more time to spare there are cruise ships on the Lake that will take you to
in 3 or 4 days.
After a long day of exciting activities, drinking a cold beer in a floating restaurant on the corniche and listening to Nubian music is a rewarding treat.
From Aswan to Luxor, you can also experience a one-in-a-lifetime Nile cruise either on board of a
, or a Dahabiya
Another way to sail along the Nile is by felucca
, a traditional sailing boat.
Sandra Scott, a traveller to Egypt, once wrote about her felucca experience: “Falling asleep beneath a blanket of stars listening to the distant sound of Nubian drums,
awakening to the timeless call of the muezzin summoning the faithful to prayer, sailing under deep blue skies past villages frozen in time, and visiting
the magnificent temples of ancient Egypt are just some of the experiences that make sailing down the Nile in a felucca a one-in-a-lifetime adventure."