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City: Aswan State: N/A Country: Egypt
Aswan is a city in the south of Egypt, the capital of the Aswan Governor ate.Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.It stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract and is a busy market and tourist center. Its ancient name, Swenet, translates as "trade". It contains the island of Elephantine.Aswan is one of the driest inhabited places in the world; as of early 2001, the last rain there was six years earlier. As of 18 January 2009[update], the last rainfall was a thunderstorm on May 13, 2006. In Nubian settlements, they generally do not bother to roof all of the rooms in their houses.Aswan is the smallest of the three major tourist cities based 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. Aswan is the third largest town in Egypt, and one of the Upper Egypt, It has a bustling outdoor market, Sharia el-he bright colours and aromas of spices, jewellery, textiles • luvenirs.
Climate | When to Visit
Visit during: March to October
Directions | How to Reach
By Air:-An average of six return flights a day are maintained by Egyptair between Aswan and the Egyptian capital Cairo. One morning flight also exists between Luxor and Aswan, the lower frequency reflecting the cities' greater proximity and practical alternatives like train and taxi.By Rail:- Egypt's train service which runs along the line extends down to Aswan and is a regular and a good travel alternative. By Road:-Hurghada-Aswan is around 300 kilometers but as Egyptian buses aren't always very reliable the trip could take anything from three hours to nine