a beautiful winter resort, enjoying a dry temperate climate,
is situated on the eastern bank of the Nile, 899km south of
with Sudan, and is the gate to the African continent. Small
enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting
on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing.
The Nile is at its most beautiful at this point,
flowing through the amber desert, granite rocks, and round
emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants.
has thus been a favourite winter resort since the beginning
of the nineteenth century and still is the perfect place to
get away from it all. In Pharaonic times, the town was known
as "Suno" (the Market) later changed to "Aswan" by the Arabs.
can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching
the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting
in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating
freshly-caught fish. Alternatively, explore the souk, full
of the scent and colour of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets.