Take the Best History Lesson of your Life
Luxor’s ancient attractions are its main draw, and seeing it all will take a while. From the majestic Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple Complex, on the city’s east Bank, to the iconic Valley of the Kings on the west, there’s plenty to whisk you back in time, so make sure you come with a camera, and some comfortable shoes!
Stroll, Shop and Sail Along the Sharia al-Corniche
This riverside walkway runs from Luxor to Karnak, and is a beautiful setting for a stroll, scattered with shops for you to browse as you go. Enjoy a glass of local shai as you watch the Nile trickle by, or set sail along the river on a traditional felucca, which will allow you to see the panoramic beauty of Luxor Temple.
Shop for a Bargain in the Souk
Shop like the locals do and head for Luxor’s souk, where you’ll find a colourful wonderland of bargains, ranging from aromatic spices to silky fabrics. If you’re hoping to walk away with a great deal, be sure to practise your best haggling techniques; you can often get half off the asking price if you know how!
Taste the Flavours of North Africa
Whether it’s rolled falafel, or kebabs (the right way, not the greasy way that is only palatable if you’ve had a few too many!), North African cuisine is mouth-wateringly good. The restaurants on the East Bank, such as Sofra on Mohamed Farid Street, are exceptional, and offer authentic fare at reasonable prices.