Aswan is Egypt's southern most city. This pleasant and fairly modern town has a population of around 245,000 and is possibly the best winter resort in all of Egypt. Lying 560 Miles south of Cairo, it has long been known as the 'Gate of Africa', the contact point between Arabian, North Africa and sud-Saharan cultures. Much of its charms come form the Nile River, which runs through it, renowned for its many islands, the Elephantine, Kitchener's and Philae, as well as the thousands of felucca's with white sails going back and forth between them.
Not dissimilar to Luxor, there are various Pharaonic sites in Aswan, the most important of which is the Philae temple and island. Aswan is also home to Egypt's High Dam, the main source of power for the entire nation, and it might be worth a visit. A walk through the Elephantine island or Kitchener's island is enough to make your heart sink.
Aswan was very popular with the British as a winter resort during their occupation of Egypt, it was also there where Agatha Christie wrote and based her best seller, Death on the Nile. The Nile River becomes magnificent in Aswan, as it flows around the palm-filled islands, and the giant granite boulders. We definitely recommend that you site by the river during sunset, and watch the feluccas go by. Tourists usually visit Aswan as part of a Nile Cruise which also includes Luxor, Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo.
Again like Luxor, Aswan is a mixture of past and present, the locals have their souvenir shops, the horse drawn carriages, the dozens of Nile cruisers parked against the banks of the Nile. Once in Aswan, an option to be considered is to take a van, or more preferably a plane to Abu Simbel, where you can see the great and exotic temple of Ramses II.