Travel Guide To Luxor
- 416 km²
- EET (UTC+2)
General Information About Luxor
Luxor is located on the banks of river Nile, 700 kilometers south of Cairo. The city, with 500,000 inhabitants, is living mainly on tourism and agriculture. The weather is warm and dry and temperatures can exceed 40 degrees in summer.
In Luxor you can find the largest number of monuments of Egypt, such as the temple of Luxor and Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and Queens and the Colossi of Memnon.
It is ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, and was the capital of ancient Egypt for over 1500 years. Before Thebes, the capital was Memphis, then Alexandria.
Luxor Culture and History
Divided by the Nile River, between the city of the living and the city of the dead, Luxor holds the greatest mysteries of the apogee of this civilization. Its tombs, temples, monuments and statues are the witness of grandiose achievements of ancient man, built in 2100 BC!
Luxor is a great historical site in Egypt. It is popularly known as the largest museum in the world, with many monuments and museums showing the history of ancient Egyptian culture. Luxor has been a tourist destination for many centuries, for thousands of years in which many nations often as the Romans visited this majestic place to be impressed by its beauty endless unbeatable creativity of its Egyptian citizens and splendid hospitality. Luxor is possibly the world’s oldest tourist destination.
The best time to visit temples in Luxor is in the morning to avoid heat and too many tourists. If you like to taste local food, you can taste foul (mashed beans seasoned with lemon juice, herbs and olive oil), hummus (cold mashed chickpeas with oil and sesame paste), stuffed vine leaves, baklawas.