Aswan (Arabic: أسوان Aswān) is a city in the south of Egypt, some 680km (425 miles) south of Cairo, just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, with a population of 275,000. Aswan is far more relaxed and smaller than Cairo and Luxor.
Aswan is the smallest of the three major tourist cities on the Nile. Being the furthest south of the three, it has a large population of Nubian people, mostly resettled from their homeland in the area flooded by Lake Nasser. Aswan is the home of many granite quarries from which most of the Obelisks seen in Luxor were sourced. Aswan was the ancient Egyptians’ gateway to Africa.
From here you can visit the amazing Abu Simble Temple or go for a cruise on Lake Nasser, most visitors opt to visit Aswan by Nile Cruise; Aswan is easy to get to from Luxor with a 4 hour drive or train journey. There is so much more to see with not only the amazing temples but also the natural history.
Taking a motor boat up through the first cataract is a real must; along the way you get to see so much wild life then you can stop on the sandy shore and go for a swim in the Nile where the water is clear!
Our favorite place to eat has to be Dooka with its restaurant in the middle of the Nile over looking Elephantine Island and The Aga Khan; specializing in Authentic Egyptian foods.