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Aswan Travel Guide

The southernmost city of Egypt was nestled on a surprisingly picturesque stretch of the Nile , adorned with palm islands and a fleet of charming white feluccas (small ships with triangular sails). Together with a separate Nubian population who have a separate language and special customs, this city is much more African than the whole north of Egypt. And Aswan is the smallest of all the popular cities on the Nile, where cruise ships stop.

The “Ancient Egyptian Gate of Africa,” as Aswan is also called, became famous for the very granite from which all the obelisks in the vicinity of Luxor were created .

The ancient border outpost and the southernmost city of Egypt (256 thousand inhabitants) is located in one of the most picturesque corners on the Nile. Near Aswan, the desert comes very close to the river, enclosing its sparkling blue in a frame of soft amber sand and wrinkled ledges of granite rock. Feluccas under a triangular Latin sail glide past the ancient ruins and gigantic cliffs of the island of Elephantine. Palm trees and tropical thickets enliven the appearance of islands and dams until the bright blue sky dissolves in the smoothly approaching twilight.

Entertainment and Attractions Aswan

Directly in the city you can explore the island of Elephantine, where there are the oldest fragments of the Khnum temple, which date from the time of the Middle Kingdom. At the southern end of the island are the ruins of a later temple erected by Nectaneb II.

The city also has a charming Botanical Garden, a summer residence and the mausoleum of the Aga Khan, the ruins of the monastery of St. Simeon and the Nubian Museum, which is located somewhat on the outskirts. The museum covers an area of ​​50 thousand m², and includes not only exhibition halls, but also a library, training centers, as well as a green park around.

But the main thing for which tourists make a stop in Aswan is the temples and complexes in the vicinity. Firstly, these are the temples of the island of Filet, which is located in the middle of the Nile and, according to legend, it was here that Osiris was buried. In antiquity, Filet was considered an “inaccessible” island: only priests could live on its sacred land. Today, tourists live here, clicking to the right and left with their fashionable DSLRs, throwing candy wrappers and meticulously clicking their tongues at certain beauties. And all because Filet is taken under the protection of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Secondly, everyone wants to see the famous Aswan Dam, and the hydroelectric complex itself is the largest hydraulic system of structures in Egypt.

Weather in Aswan


January20.4 ° C11.0 ° C10 hours 51m
February24.3 ° C13.7 ° C11 hours 22m
March28.8 ° C17.1 ° C12 hours 1m.
April33.3 ° C20.9 ° C12 hours 43m
May37.9 ° C25.6 ° C13h 18m
June39.9 ° C27.4 ° C13h 36m
July40.0 ° C28.0 ° C13h 27m
August40.3 ° C28.6 ° C12 hours 56m
September38.0 ° C26.4 ° C12 hours 17m
October33.4 ° C22.6 ° C11 hours 35m
November26.6 ° C17.0 ° C10 hours 59m
December21.7 ° C12.6 ° C10 hours 41m

Aswan Attractions and sightseeing

  • Nubian Museum
  • Elephantine Island
  • Unfinished Obelisk
  • Aswan High Dam
  • Kalabsha Temple
  • Monastery of St. Simeon
  • Tombs of Nobles
  • Philae temple
  • High Dam
  • Abu Simbel temples
  • Kom Ombo temple
  • Edfu Temple
  • Aga Khan Mausoleum
  • Botanical Garden (Kitchner Island)
  • Wadi Al Sebuaa
  • Qasr Ibrim