Ancient Egyptian temples, Coptic monasteries and Fatimid tombs weave different eras together in a richly patterned tapestry in this southern Egyptian city which is located to the south of Edfu, Nagaa Hassanein and Daraw. Egypt's gateway to the south, is also situated west of the Wadi el Gemal National Park, east of Baris and north of Ibrim and Toshka. With its stately ruins, floating restaurants and tranquil palm groves, Aswan is the ideal location for treating yourself to a sedate, relaxing vacation with a touch of shopping, exploring and sightseeing thrown in. And thanks to this winning combination, you are certain to feel revitalized and refreshed once your vacation in this sun-drenched town comes to an end.

With its spice scented markets and traditional sailboats drifting along the Nile, Aswan looks like a postcard which has come to life.  It is also the perfect stop for taking a break from the colourful cacophony of Cairo or Hurghada and even comes with its very own airport ensuring you can arrive there in the shortest time possible. The seaside resort of Sharm El Sheikh is about a four-hour flight away using the quickest flight routes while Hurghada with its colorful coral reefs is a five and half hour flight away. The capital Cairo is a lot closer with flight trips averaging 90 minutes. Taxis are the most popular and convenient mode of transport for getting from one destination to the next in Aswan, while motor boats and traditional sailboats otherwise referred to as feluccas are especially handy for getting from island to island or for enjoying a ride along the Nile.

One of the best locations to visit in order to get your holiday in Aswan off to a great start is the famous Agilika Island. Here you will get to travel through time as you visit elegant complexes dating back to ancient Egypt and Trajan's Kiosk built during the Roman era. The 7th century Monastery of Saint Simeon on the West Bank is also worth visiting for a glimpse of monastic life in Coptic Egypt. Market places are some of the very best spots for feeling the heartbeat of the city you are in and it is certainly the case with Sharia al-Souq. Here you will be able to admire traditional Nubian embroidery and silverware, inhale the fragrance of a profusion of spices and perfumes and hone your bargaining skills to impressive levels. Aswan as a whole also serves as a gateway to a region which served as one of Egypt's most powerful neighbors and rivals in ancient times, Nubia. If you have always wanted to find out more about this mysterious kingdom, your vacation in Aswan will provide you with an excellent opportunity to do so thanks to its Nubian Museum which is filled with secrets and artifacts from that ancient nation.