Last updated: 10:15 AM ET, Mon April 09 2018
Aerial view of Sehel Island (Elephantine) near Aswan in Eygpt, 2008. Seen from a hotel roof southeast of the island. Sailboats and small tourist boats. (photo via nexusimage / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Aswan

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Rich with beauty and culture, The Great Temple of Ramses II is an extraordinary site.  Appearing over 30 meters tall, the four statues of the infamous pharaoh are a true testament of the power and prestige of Ramses II during his 67 year reign.  So magnificent is its structures, you cannot fully imagine the diligence and strength it took to build such a dynamic monument of wealth and sanctity.  With such a grandeur appearance, this temple is truly one of the most astonishing attractions that Egypt has to offer.  This site will take you on a far away journey through the eyes of pharaohs and Egypt’s most significant royal families with its everlasting, majestic presence that seems to never grow old.  The Great Temple of Ramses II is easily accessible from the city of Aswan, Egypt which makes this destination the perfect gateway to exciting adventures, overflowing with hidden treasures.

Aswan is a southern, desert city in Egypt and situated on the banks of the Nile River. The city’s claims to Elephant Island, Kitchner’s Island, and Philae Island, and the Sehel Islands and its location on the Nile makes trading relatively easy.  Aswan is known for its relaxing atmosphere, breathtaking sunsets, and historical monuments that serve as memoirs of ancient African traditions.  The Nubia Museum houses some of Egypt’s most fascinating archeological collections of silver and gold jewelry, baskets, statues of influential leaders, carvings, and vessels. Aswan’s rich granite was commonly used to construct many monuments throughout the city and Egypt.  Since the 6th century, The Monastery of St, Simeon has remained a significant preservation of a historical period in Aswan.  From the top of the hill on which it stands, get a bird’s eye view and feel the ambiance of the royal supremacy and godliness that dominated the mystical city. Built by the British and situated in the Nile, the High Dam has controlled flooding in Egypt.  Along with the many monumental architectures, cruise the Nile and explore Aswan’s surrounding islands.  Also, mingle with locals and celebrate Egyptian culture and traditions at the annual festivals.

The vibrant spirit of the shopping district of Aswan is a unique experience.  The narrow streets are decorated with vibrant shops and markets filled with African fabrics, carpets, textiles, and spices.  Shoppers will truly be mesmerized by the colorful and exotic merchandise that populate the busy stores.  Negotiating is also an important and thrilling way to get the best prices of genuine products specifically sold in Aswan.  The nights come alive with the sounds of vibrant African music and performances from Nubian dancers that move rhythmically to the beats of cultural music, which is constantly heard throughout the busy streets.

Savor the tastes of cultural dishes from the many restaurants that Aswan has to offer.  The local restaurants are overwhelmed with aromas from exquisite spices and ingredients that will make your mouth water.  Feast your senses on traditional Egyptian delicacies like kebab, chicken, local fish, kofta, and rice. Visitors will also be able to bask in the beautiful settings overlooking the picturesque tranquil river. The gastronomy of Aswan is a fulfilling experience that will satisfy your appetite, yet leave you wanting more.

Aswan experiences a hot desert climate.  During the warm season (May-October) the temperature averages from a low in the 80s to a high of over 100°F.  In the cold season (December-February) the weather fluctuates between a low within the 50s to a high of 79°F. 

Aswan Airport is the main gateway to other Egyptian cities and destinations all over the world.  Buses and trains are convenient and affordable means of public transportation to get to various locations in Aswan and major Egyptian cities. Sailing the Nile is also a relaxing and scenic form of traveling to reach Aswan’s nearby islands. Felucca trips provide rides to Luxor, Edfu, Esna, and Kom Ombo.  Taxis are available but haggling prices is expected.  In addition, by walking through the narrow street corners, you will truly be able to breathe in the wonderful Egyptian culture and meet the friendly natives.