Aswan, Egypt

Situated to the south of Luxor, Aswan is noted as one of the driest inhabited places in the world. Aswan is relatively quiet with many historical attractions to visit.


The quiet town of Aswan offers some stunning views of the Nile, it's a great base for visiting the amazing Abel Simbel Temple, enjoy the sights, take a felucca across the Nile or a simple stroll along the corniche.

An entry Visa is required for Egypt and costs approx 15 GBP per person.

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Aswan Hotels (9)

Pyramisa Isis Island Hotel is a luxurious resort and Spa, exclusively built on a green island of 28 acres in the middle of Aswan, the famous winter resort. With its unique location and fully equipped...

With it's splendid location and great hospitality, this hotel is an ideal base for an enjoyable holiday....

The Helnan Aswan Hotel is the perfect hotel for couples or families....

Marhaba Hotel faces the El Salam Gardens with views over the Nile and to the Tombs of the Nobles, which are floodlit at night. There is an outdoor pool and a roof-top terrace bar with views to the sun...

The Movenpick Resort Aswan is situated within pleasant gardens and offers guests quality and luxury....

New Cataract Hotel was opened in 1963 as an elegant extension to Old Cataract Hotel. Situated in the exotic and large gardens, directly by the Nile and overlooking Elephantine Island....

Pyramisa Isis Corniche Hotel, on the banks of the River Nile, is a single storey property set in green gardens. The hotel has a sun terrace and terrace bar overlooking the Nile and is just 5 minutes d...

Sarah Hotel is a traditionally styled hotel with views over the River Nile. The hotel has a pool and offers a free shuttle service to and from downtown Aswan....

The Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan Hotel sits on the banks of the River Nile, providing a luxurious base for visiting the nearby historical sites....

Things to see

Aswan and the surrounding area have a number of attractions which are popular with visitors; including the Nubian villages on Elephantine Island, the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island and the famous High Dam. There are also a number of ancient monuments; these include the once submerged Temple of Philae, St Simeon's Monastery and the Tombs of the Nobles, the impressive Abu Simbel Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk.

Out and about

Aswan is not a large town and can easily be navigated by foot, while some of the sights are a little out of town and reachable by taxi or organised tour, and for the sights on the West Bank or the river islands a motor-boat or felucca are necessary to cross the Nile.

The main market in Aswan is known as the 'Shaira as-Souq', a colourful, bustling market offering Nubian handicrafts, Nubian Talisman, clothes and spices.

Dining out in Aswan, there are a variety of restaurants to be found along the corniche offering both Egyptian and international cuisines, served with serene views across the Nile River.

Graph displaying average temperatures throughout the year at Aswan


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