Aswan: Aswan

Aswan is the largest Egyptian city in the south of the country. Annually, it receives a great number of tourists. And though the city is considered to be winter resort, it has no adequate infrastructure. As to the city properly, called downtown, with population of over 270 000 people, by no means can it not be considered as resort. Aswan is a common Arabic city. But you can have a good rest on the islands of the Nile where there are luxurious hotels and other tourist amenities.

The Nile is always dotted with tourist feluccas, and there is a Botanic Garden on the opposite side of the river which is actually a common park, and several other small sights. Traditionally, Aswan Dam is mentioned among the sight of the city, but it can hardly be of any interest to tourists. You have to stay there for 5-10 minutes to understand that tourists have nothing to do on the Dam.

Probably, the only reason for going to Aswan is visiting its two historical sites, namely, temples of Ramses in Abu Simbel and Philae. They are the most important constructions of ancient Egyptian civilization located in the south of the country.

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