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Top Things to Do in Aswan

Top Things to Do in Aswan

Top Things to Do in Aswan

Best Tourist attractions in Aswan

Top Things to Do in Aswan : find your travel guide to Aswan to discover the best tourist attractions in Aswan like Philae Temples, Aswan High Dam and Nubian Village, Unfinished Obelisk, Abu Simble temples and many ancient sights waiting for you in Aswan, find must-do activities in Aswan city and day trips to the main sights of Aswan. 

Top Things to Do in Aswan - Aswan at a Glance

Aswan the city that inspired Agatha Christie to write its famous Novel Death on the Nile.


death on the nile

Aswan is a serene Nile Valley destination where the Nile is more majestic than anywhere else,
Flowing through incredible granite rocks, and round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants it is considered as an all-time favorite winter destination in Egypt.

You’ll be surprised to see how many ancient monuments and touristic sites this small city has to offer. Consider sailing to the temple of Philae on Agilika Island seeing the Agha Khan Mausoleum and taking an excursion to Elephantine Island and the Nubian village.

Nubian history

Aswan also offers a rich cultural experience; you’ll get to know Nubian culture when you visit the Nubian temple of Kalabsha on Lake Nasser and the Nubian village.
The name of Aswan derives in fact from the Ancient Egyptian word “Soun” meaning souk or trade.
It has earned its name thanks to the city’s strategic position, on the trade route linking the North of Egypt to its South.

Since Ancient times, Aswan has also been known for its environmental therapy burying the aching parts of your body in Aswan’s sand gives valuable results and can help relieving you from stubborn ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, joint edema and skin inflammation. The town’s climate is also known to have great relaxing and rejuvenating properties.


sand therapy in aswan

sand therapy in aswan


Best Places to visit in Aswan


In the mildest of an evocative panorama of granite rocks the columns and the pillars of this island sacred

to goddess Isis rise up towards the cloudless sky.

Isis temple

Following the construction of Aswan dam in 1904 AD the temple found itself underwater
For the greater part of the year and after the construction of the high dam in Aswan 1960
It became necessary to move the temple from the original location to the current location the Island of Agelika it was dismantled to more than 40,000 blocks each one was numbered to be reconstructed again.

Isis temple in Aswan

Isis temple

The largest and most important temple on Philae is the great Temple of Goddess Isis Goddess of love and beauty she was worshipped during the Greco-Roman time the oldest part in the temple dates back to the last Pharaoh King Neictnabo in this temple there was many obelisks were stolen and now in United states of America and Europe
The temple design is the typical design of ancient Egypt temples consist of open court and pylon
Then hypostyle hall the inscriptions is erased during the vandalism by the early Christian who lived inside the temple, you will find many Coptic crosses and erased painting except for the key of life
Because the Christians used instead of the cross

goddess isis temple on the nile aswan

2- The Temple of Kalabsha and Beit Elwali on Lake Nasser

This was one of the biggest free standing temple of Nubia it has been saved from the flooding 20,000 tons of stone were transported and temple was re-erected at the south of Aswan at Beit Elwali island
The temple built out of Nubian Sandston most of the temple in Nubia built out of Sandston even Abusimble temples the temple dedicated to the Nubian God Merul.


kalabsha temple aswan

The temple construction started from the time of Tutomisis the third till the Roman time one of the main scenes of the temple was made by Emperor Augustos in the Roman time
Kalabsha temple was converted into church during the early Christianity.
Beside the temple of Kalabsh there are many rocks with very old Gratifies and the temples.

The temple of Beit Elwali

Beit Elwali temple

Beit Elwali temple aswan

This temple was built by the great Ramses the second it is rock-hewn temple built by Ramses for God Amon-Ra this temple has amazing colors and scenes for the king with different Gods.

3- Elephantine Island in Aswan.

Elephantine Island one of the most strategic place in ancient Egypt now turned into tourist attraction in Aswan it is considered as open air museum it has the temple of Satis and the temple of God khunum and amazing Gratifies you can visit the island by Felucca or motor boat.


Elephantian island aswan


4- The Nubian Museum in Aswan

The Nubian Museum or officially the International Museum of Nubia is an archaeological museum located in Aswan city. It was built to a design by architect Mahmoud El-Hakim Dedicated to Nubian culture and civilization, it was inaugurated on November, 1997.


nubian museum


The museum represents the Nubian heritage and local traditions in Marriage and daily life.
The Museum contains 3000 pieces of antiquities representing different ages Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic you can visit this museum at night it is lighted up.


the nubian museum in aswan city

the nubian museum in aswan city

5-The High Dam in Aswan

Aswan high dam

The Aswan Old Dam is an embankment dam built across the Nile River in Aswan between 1898 and 1902. Since the 1960s, the name commonly refers to the Aswan High Dam. Construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the Egyptian leader in this time president Nasser as the ability to control floods, provide water for irrigation, and generate hydroelectricity were seen as pivotal to Egypt’s industrialization. The High Dam in Aswan was constructed between 1960 and 1970, and has had a significant effect on the Egyptian economy and culture and the new era of free Egypt after the British occupation for more than 84 years so the Egyptian call it the fourth Pyramids.

6- Abu Simbel temples of Ramesses II

Abu Simbel temples of Ramesses II temple complex, originally cut into a solid rock cliff, in south of Egypt the two temples which comprise the site The Great Temple and The Small Temple of Ramses and Nefrtari his wife your visit to Aswan will not be completed till you visit Abu Simble temples you can take a day trip to Abu Simble from Aswan


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Abusimble temples

Top Things to Do in Aswan and Active Tours

Nubian village in Aswan


Visiting the Nubian village in Aswan is one Top Things to Do in Aswan.

Nubia is a region along the Nile River there are two Nubian village one close to the Mausoleum of akhga khan and the other one you should visit is located on Sohil Island you will go there by Motor boat.

nubian village in aswan egypt (1)

For about 30 minutes sailing on the Nile enjoy amazing view of the Nile, islands, soft sand, and granite rocks all of this you will enjoy it on the way to the Nubian Village enjoy colorful houses very simple very kind people experience the Nubian food and their exotic drinks buy some Nubian toys

Play with their tamed crocodiles then back once again to your hotel by motor boat.



Nubian village

Nubian village

Felucca Ride in Aswan at the sunset.

One of the Top Things to Do in Aswan is to enjoy Felucca ride at the sunset enjoy incredible view

for the great Nile River discover the beauty of the Nile.


Felucca ride in aswan sunset

beauty of the nile

Visit the sound and Light Show at Philae Temple.

You can enjoy the sound and light show at Philae Temple it is amazing view of the Nile and back to

the time of the Pharaohs enjoy a lovely night in Aswan.

sound and light show in aswan

sound and light show in aswan

Where to stay in Aswan - Budget & Luxury

There are many places to stay in Aswan from luxury hotels and Nile cruises to budget hotels and Felucca stay in Aswan, so you will find many affordable options to stay in Aswan.

 The top place to stay in Aswan is the historical hotel  of Old Cataract it was a place with its Victorian style with the pink granite facade in this hotel all celebrities and famous figures stayed the most famous character stayed in old Cataract is Agatha Christy.

If you have a tight budget and looking for very budget stay in Aswan you can stay one night on board of Felucca one of the best activities in Aswan or you can stay in budget hotels like Sarah hotel

I always recommend to make your trip to Aswan or any place in Egypt as a package with hotels included this will make you peace of mind.



Aswan hotel cataract

Aswan hotel cataract

I hope this Simple travel guide to Aswan & Top Things to Do in Aswan be useful for you and help you when you plan your trip to Aswan city .

I always try to offer the Egyptian experience by sharing some knowledge about ancient Egypt history & Egypt travel tips online or you can join our daily tour to Aswan or sightseeing tours in Egypt , you can contact us at info@lookategypttours.com to make your trip to Aswan.

Top Things to Do in Aswan Written by Ahmed Abd alfattah 

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