Egypt's southernmost city sits on the banks of the Nile, decorated with flotillas of white-sailed feluccas. Over the centuries, Aswan has been a garrison town and frontier city; the gateway to Africa and Nubia; a prosperous marketplace at the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes; and, more recently, a popular winter resort.
Laid-back and pleasant, Aswan is the perfect place for a break from Egyptian travel. The Nile is magically beautiful here as it flows around palm-studded islands dotting its waters, ideal for languid sailing trips. Associated with the Nubian people, a distinct ethnic group with their own language and customs, Aswan is more African in character than the cities of the north.