Best Things To Do in Aswan, Egypt

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  • The Temple at Philae: Relocated from the island of Philae. Dedicated to Isis. See light and sound show in the evening.
  • Nubian Museum : A cleverly presented insight into the indigenous culture.
  • New Kalabsha : Relocated. Augustus Caesar’s monument to Egyptian deities.
  • Aswan Botanical Garden : Pretty, simple and peaceful.
  • Nubian Villages: On Elephantine Island. Siou and Koti are the two communities. Your boat pilot should be able to introduce you to them. Carry stationery like pens to gift.
  • Aswan Museum : On Elephantine Island. If nothing else, check out the amazing Nilometre (yes, it measures the Nile).
  • Abu Simbel Temples: Plan to go and stay overnight to check out these wonders.
  • Unfinished Obelisk :  An interesting insight into ancient quarrying, carving and construction.
  • Monastery of St. Simeon: Worth it just for the camel ride, though there’s a lot to see.
  • Animalia: Nature in Nubia Tours not strictly a sight. More like a home made experience. Utterly fascinating. Call +20 010 545 6420 / +20 097 231 415
  • Shop in the genuine souq markets here. It’s much more natural and chilled out than the insanity in Cairo.
  • Visit Abu Simbel during the Ascension of Ramesses II on Oct 22 and Feb 22 – fantastic sight.

Below we have a list of things to do in Aswan and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Aswan getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Aswan with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Aswan

Here is the list of things to do in Aswan and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Abu Simbel Temples

    4.8 (967 Votes)
    Abu Simbel Temples

    Religious Site, Temple

    This is far, far removed from the rest of the attractions around Aswan and that lends a bit of a mystic touch to the place. These temples are massive the biggest in Aswan. You might have seen a bit of them in the movie “The Mummy Returns” the temple with the four seated figures (they’re all Ramesses II). Built in the 13th century BC, the temples were erected by Ramesses II to ...Read more
  2. Temple Of Isis At Philae

    Religious Site, Temple, Architecture , Unesco Site

    Philae is actually the island that the temple USED to reside on. The construction of the Aswan Dam led to the island’s flooding, so the UNESCO had the whole complex relocated to the Agilkia Island nearby. The temple here is dedicated to Isis, the goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility, and to her love for Osiris. Compared to most Egyptian god and goddesses, Philae was actually being w...Read more
  3. High Dam

    4.4 (512 Votes)
    High Dam

    Waterfront, View Point, River, Nature

    The area of the dam is pretty arid and beautiful. Located across the Nile river, the dam controls the flow of the river. The high dam, commonly known as the Aswan dam holds great importance as if it wasn't for the dam, the Nile river would be flooded throughout the year. A glimpse of the dam is bound to urge you to take a boat ride in Lake Nasser, which however wouldn't be a...Read more
  4. Unfinished Obelisk And Fatimid Cemetery

    Historical Site, Cemetery, Archaeological Site

    So it’s a big rock project that no one finished. Big deal. It really is a big deal; this could have been the largest ancient obelisk in the world if it had been finished. It would have stood 42 metres tall. The carvers were cutting it right out of the bedrock but abandoned their work when the stone cracked. It’s also famous because its half-finished status lends archaeologistssignif...Read more
  5. Nubian Museum

    4.5 (762 Votes)
    Nubian Museum

    Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Architecture , Archaeological Site

    The museum was brought about when UNESCO appealed to Egyptologists and archaeologists the world over to save Nubia’s relics from the rising waters of the dam-lake Lake Nasser. 60 expeditions rescued thousands of objects from hundreds of sites. The museum housing these relics opened 12 years later on a beautiful waterfall graded landscape. 7000 square metres of museum building and 43000 sq...Read more
  6. Elephantine Island

    4.4 (799 Votes)
    Elephantine Island

    Outdoors, Island, Neighborhoods

    This is the oldest inhabited area of the region, deicated once upin a time to the ram-headed god Khnum. The northern end of the island is taken up by the Moevenpick Resort. The rest of the island offers two Nubian Villages, Aswan Museum and some ruins. Nubian Village: Siou and Koti are the two villages on this island. The villagers are quite aware they are part of a tourist attraction and will...Read more
  7. Aswan Botanical Garden

    Island, Zoo, Botanical Garden

    There was literally nothing to do on this island until the Ministry of Irrigation took one look at it and said “Hey, let’s build a Botanical Garden. Every place has one these days”. Even if that’s not exactly how the conversation might have gone down, this place is still a pretty neat achievement. The whole island is the botanical garden now, and really pretty for it, wi...Read more
  8. Sound And Light Show - Philaetemple Of Kom Ombo

    Religious Site, Temple, Entertainment, Performance

    The famous Sound and Light Show at the Philae temple narrates the story of the legends of Goddess Isis & God Osiris. The narration digs deeper divulging interesting historical facts of the temple back in the days when the Philae temple remained flooded for about half a year and the reestablishment of the temple in 1960.  During the restoration process, each stone of Phil...Read more
  9. Monastery Of St. Simeon

    4.5 (292 Votes)
    Monastery Of St. Simeon

    Religious Site, Monastery , Archaeological Site

    The monastery here was built on the ruins of an older one and dedicated to St. Simeon. For four centuries the monks here practiced converting Nubians to Christianity till Saladin destroyed the place. The complex has an upper and a lower level. It was once surrounded by a 10 metre high wall, a feature that allowed it to function as a fortress. There are cells here where monks and pilgrims slept;...Read more
  10. New Kalabsha

    4.7 (500 Votes)
    New Kalabsha

    Religious Site, Temple

    Yet another site brought into being by the rising waters of Lake Nasser. The temples and relics here were all relocated from their previous premised that have now submerged. These include: The Kalabsha Temple: Erected by Augustus Caesar himself in dedication to Isis, Osiris and Mandulis. This had been a boon of sorts. Only three rooms are completely decorated, and the half finished work had pr...Read more
  11. Tombs Of The Nobles And Kubbet Al-hawa

    Historical Site, Tomb

    This place just isn’t going to impress you until you know exactly WHO’s buried here. All I’ll say is that they were important… like, really important. Only six of the Old and Middle Kingdom tombs are open to the public, but they are pretty well preserved. The nobles buried here were rulers and dignitaries of Elephantine Island once upon a time. The important tombs are: ...Read more
  12. Sehel Island

    4.3 (334 Votes)
    Sehel Island

    Outdoors, Island, View Point, Nature

    Located about 4 kilometers south in the city of Aswan, the Sehel Island takes a place in the Nile to the north of the old Aswan dam. A visit to this island is an escape to peace. The scenic view and rock inscriptions dedicated to the goddess Anukis and her consort Khnum are sure to catch you by surprise.  The island will give you a nostalgic feeling, reminding you&...Read more
  13. Ferial Gardens

    Walking Area, Historical Site, Heritage Building

    Corniche El Nil is a pleasant road on the east bank and it’s very southern end leads you to a pretty little garden. Though nothing stands out as such, it’s a nice place to stroll about in. Visit during the evening twilight to see couples walking about; yep, at least once place in this town provides some people watching. The garden was brought about to celebrate the birth if Princess...Read more
  14. Aswan International Airport Image
    Aswan International Airport (IATA: ASW, ICAO: HESN) is an airport located in Aswan, Egypt. It is the second largest airport in Upper Egypt after Luxor International Airport. The airport is located about 8 km (5 mi) from the city center.The airport was opened in the 1950s and was initially used as a military airbase. In the 1970s, the airport was upgraded to an international airport and began to...Read more
  15. Aswan Sculpture Park
    Every spring, sculptures from around the world come down to Egypt for the International Sculpture Symposium and set about crafting incredible art at the Basma Hotel. From there, their creations are brought to ths park for the world to see and appreciate. The exhibition is set in an ancient grantire quarry over looking a lake. The pieces themselves range from the amusing to the bizarre. From the...Read more