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Aswan is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. Located in the south of Egypt, this serene getaway is known for its hot climate and its warm people.

The hospitality of the Nubian people of Aswan is indescribable. Spend just one day in the Nubian village and it’s like you’re reborn. The village has crowds of exceptionally colorful mud houses, shops for filled with spices, oils, handmade Nubian souvenirs and Egyptian dates. As if the experience couldn’t be more authentic, feel free to look around and hail down a camel ride.

Along with this palpable hospitality, Aswan is filled with historical treasures. The Philae temple, only accessible via boat, is dedicated to the goddess Isis. After the construction of the High Dam, the temple was moved to the island and serves a beautiful example of Ptolemaic architecture along with other Roman buildings as well.

Moreover, the Abu Simbel temples are a remarkable sight not to be missed. The two huge temples were carved in the 13th century BC during the reign of Ramses II out of a mountain side. Ramses II is symbolized as a God in his temple, with his wars depicted in all their glory. Perhaps what is most awe-inspiring about these temples are the events of October 22 and February 22 of every year, wherein the sun rays penetrate the sanctuary and cast sunlight on the Pharaoh’s face. These dates are reportedly the king's birthday and coronation day, respectively. This worldwide attraction gathers people come from all over the world to witness this exceptional phenomena.

Although currently one of the hottest, sunniest, and driest cities in the world, Aswan was originally a land filled with waterfalls before they dried out as a result of the construction of the High Dam. However, while the waterfalls dried out, but their bodies are standing still. Make sure to take a boat ride past them on the Nile and prepare to be dazzled!

But the intrigue doesn’t end there. In recent years, Aswan has become known for its environmental therapy: burying the aching parts of your body in sand gives valuable results and can help relieving you from stubborn ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, joint edema and skin inflammation. Aswan is also home to the world-renowned heart hospital administered by our most famous heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub.

Looking for a place to stay, look no where he Sofitel Legend Old Cataract is not to be missed! The architecture of this place is magnificent. Along with hosting Churchill, Princess Diana, and Jimmy Carter, the Cataract also served as inspiration for Agatha Christie as she penned one of her novels on the banks of the river Nile. The Cataract combines all that is beautiful, unique, and rich about Aswan – making it the perfect backdrop of your trip to this magical place.