Aswan is the third biggest town in Egypt today and the biggest one in upper Egypt. It is situated at the foot of the Nile Valley to the North end of Lake Nasser. Located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene

Aswan takes its name from the ancient Egyptian word “swan”, meaning “the market”. This is because it was located on the main trade route between Egypt and the southern lands, bringing gold, slaves and ivory into Egypt. It was also the major source of granite, sandstone, and quartzite used in the construction of various major monuments throughout Egypt.

Aswan known with its relaxed atmosphere with the local Nubian people with their friendly and warm heartedness throughout Egypt, it is a colorful society and have their own traditions, language and culture making the visitor feel at home

In Aswan the Nile is at its most beautiful, flowing through amber desert and granite rocks, round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. View the spectacular sunsets while having tea on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel (Named due to the location of the Nile’s first cataract located here). Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century, and it’s still a perfect place to get away from it all.

There are plenty of things to see with many optional tours both locally and further afield like Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel, but it is not a place to hurry. The river is wide, languorous and beautiful here, flowing gently down from Lake Nasser around dramatic black-granite boulders and palm-studded islands. Colourful Nubian villages run down to the water and stand out against the backdrop of the west bank’s desert escarpment.

After the construction of the Aswan High Dam, the city became a refuge for Nubians who chose to flee to Egypt after the waters flooded their homelands. There was also a worldwide rescue campaign of the Nubian monuments during and after the dam’s construction.

Aswan is the capital of its own governorate and has a population of about 1.2 million. Most of the city’s residents are Nubians and local tribes of the Kenzo people.

Aswan to Abu Simbel

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