The best time to visit Aswan is in winter or in between September to April.
Things To Do
Aswan is a beautiful city with such a long "to-do" list that you will be forced to extend your stay.
You can spent strolling up and down the Corniche and enjoy sailing. You can even spend time with your loved ones in any of the finest restaurants.
The easiest way to tranquilize your senses by listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.
Best Places to visit:
The major Tourist Attractions in Aswanare : -
√ Abu Simbel : -
It is an ancient complex consisting of the Great Temple of Abu Simbel, built in honor of Ramses II.
√ Nubian Museum : -
This museum traces the history from the earliest settlements to present day of Nubia.
√ Temple of Philae : -
This large temple complex was relocated to the island of Agilika which features the magnificent Temple of Isis that was built in the late Ptolemaic and early Roman periods.
√ Elephantine Island, Aswan : -
This island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan and served as the cult center the God Khnum.
Shopping and Entertainment
Shopping is the best way to relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of this city. Aswan Market is quite big and you can shop for gifts, souvenirs, clothes etc. You can also go to the Night Bazaar where the business mainly starts in the night. There are many stalls here that serve kebabs and other foods.
Entertainment:Every night Nubian dancers and musicians perform in the Cultural Center. The folklore troupes recreate scenes from village life and perform the famous Nubian mock stick-fight dances. It is a major source of entertainment.
Arabic is the official language of Egypt.
Restaurants in Aswan come in many forms. The city has both cheap local restaurants as well as fine dining hotels. Aswan is popular for Egyptian as well as international cuisines. Egyptian food is very delicious and well-flavored with exotic variety of herbs and there is plenty of fresh seafood available. The local seafood restaurants near the city market in Aswan have excellent fresh fish and crab dishes. Some of the popular ones are : -
La Perla (Italian) -B
Orangery (Indian and Continental) -B
The 1902 (International) (at the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel) - B Wv
Elephantine Island of Aswan, Egypt is of great archaeological significance. The 1200 meters long island has many important ruins of ancient temples. The two Nilometers on the Nile River are also worth viewing. The ongoing excavation sites and their findings are sure to catch the attention of the tourists.
Philae Temple of Aswan was built in the dedication of Goddess Isis. The temple was relocated on the idyllic Aglika Island. Though the Philae Temple used to be submerged in water because of the first dam of Aswan, the number of visitors never depreciated for the temple. Moreover, after the relocation it has become a hot spot for the tourists in Egypt.
Aswan Museum was established in 1912 in an old house located on the southern most tip of Elephantine Island. The museum has a varied collection depicting the history of Aswan as well as of Nubia. Mummies, utensils, weapons, statues and pottery are some of the exhibits of Aswan Museum. Tourists can also view the ruins of Abu, to which the garden outside the museum leads.
Lake Nasser of Aswan is one of world’s largest artificial lakes. It acts as a reservoir for the surrounding areas. Lake Nasser is a result of the divide of water caused by the Aswan High Dam across the River Nile. The panoramic view of the lake has always been a mesmerizing memory for every visitor.
The Unfinished Obelisk of Aswan, Egypt would have been the world’s largest standing obelisk, if the project had been completed. The Unfinished Obelisk is a proof of the grandeur of the Egyptian stone works. The obelisk was never detached from the bedrock. The massive size of the lying Unfinished Obelisk is an unforgettable sight of human intellect and imagination.