Egypt's 3rd largest city, and the largest in Upper Egypt, is situated at the foot of the Nile Valley to the North end of Lake Nasser and about 81 miles south of Luxor. It has an exceptional African atmosphere. With so long a history, there is plenty to see in Aswan. It also offers a rich cultural experience; you'll get to know Nubian culture and shop for spices, henna tattoos, souvenirs and African handmade goods at the Aswan souk. The best time to visit Aswan is in winter, when the days are warm and dry.