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Aswan Attractions

There are many attractions in Aswan. The city is spread out along the Nile’s banks. It is a peaceful and welcoming town that gives a tranquil break if you’ve just arrived from bustling Luxor or Cairo. Once ancient Egypt’s entrance to Africa, this is an ideal location for visiting the temples, monuments, and other tourist attractions in Upper Egypt’s southern reaches, as well as the area’s distinct Nubian culture. With Aswan being the nearest town to Ramses II’s gigantic temples of Abu Simbel, Philae, and the Nile-side Temple of Kom Ombo, there is much to explore in a single day. The finest way to experience Aswan’s allure is to board a felucca (traditional sailboat) and observe the city from the aquatic roadway that formerly made Aswan an important trade station. The river here is dotted with islands that are home to beautiful mud-brick Nubian communities and is boxed in by the West Bank’s massive sand dunes. It’s all quite picturesque, especially around sunset, when hundreds of lateen-sailed feluccas float down the river and the river shimmers in the setting light. Aswan is one of the greatest spots to visit in Egypt for photographers to capture classic Nile landscapes. With this list of the best sights in Aswan, you’ll discover why Egypt’s most southern Nile-side town should be on your itinerary.

Kalabsha Temple

The majestic Kalabsha temple is a spectacular landmark located within view of Aswan's High Dam and is the first stop on any Nile River Cruise on ...

Aga Khan Mausoleum

The Aga Khan Mausoleum is the last resting place of Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, who passed away in 1957. Because Egypt was formerly the ...

Aswan High Dam

The Aswan High Dam is the largest Egyptian dam designed to regulate the Nile River's flooding. It has a base thickness of 980 meters and a top ...

The Nubian Museum

The Nubian Museum in Aswan is one of Egypt's greatest and a must-see for anybody interested in ancient and modern Nubia's history and culture. It ...

Tombs of the Nobles at Aswan

During the Old and Middle Kingdoms, Elephantine Island's rulers, priests, and other grandees were buried in these complex of rock tombs carved out ...

Monastery of St. Simeon

One of Aswan's most distinctive features. On the Nile's West Bank, the magnificently picturesque Monastery of St. Simeon lies amid the sand dunes. ...

Aswan Botanical Garden – Kitchener’s Island

The Aswan Botanical Garden, which spans 6.8 hectares, is home to hundreds of birds and exotic plants imported from all over the world, including the ...

Elephantine Island

Elephantine Island, Aswan's main tourist attraction, is peppered with palm tree plantations and sloping settlements of colorful mud-brick homes. The ...

Philae Temple Complex

Egypt's ancient center for the cult of Isis, the Temples of Philae were venerated from the Pharaonic era through the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ...

Abu Simbel Temples

Abu Simbel is a village in the Egyptian part of Nubia, about 240 kilometers southwest of Aswan and near the border with Sudan. As of 2020, it ...

The Nubian Coffee House

The Nubian coffee house in Aswan offers the most breathtaking views of the Nile. From above, the Feluccas appear to be as small as a matchstick. ...

Kom Ombo Temple

Kom Ombo Is situated on the banks of the Nile some 23 miles north of Aswan and is unusual in that it is dedicated to two gods, Horus & Sobek. ...

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