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Luxor West Bank - Leisure Activities

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Riding

Get to know the villages of the Luxor West Bank in comfortable speed on the back of a camel, a horse, or a donkey. You can also rent a bike - if you like to do something for your fitness and determine the speed for yourself.

Mountain Hiking

The Luxor West Bank is dominated by the Theban Hills whose highest peak (420 m) is called El-Kurn (El-Qurn, El-Gurn). In Egyptian mythology the Goddess Meretseger ("she who loves silence") became thought that she lived on top of (or was) the pyramd-shaped hill which overlooks the Valley of the Kings. Many a tourist decided to stay in Luxor at the sight of this impressive hill!

Choose the early morning hours for your climb. At that time, the temperatures are still pleasant and the rising sun bathes the hills in a warm orange light.

Peak of El-Qurn, Luxor West Bank

Swimming

The swimming pools of the hotels can be used for a fee even if you are not staying there.

Observing Birds and Taking Photos

Along the River Nile there lives and nests a wide range of bird species which can be hardly ever be watched in Central Europe. There is the Little Green Bee-Eater, African Hoopoe, Pied Kingfisher, Little Egret, Nile Valley Sunbird, and Spur-Winged Plover. Some birds migrate in summer, for example to Europe, others can be found the whole year in and around Luxor.

Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Sailing or Motorboating

The Nile (Arabic: ‏النيل‎, an-Nīl) is the longest river of the world and the lifeline of Egypt. Without its waters there would be no life in Egypt. The Nile passes through Luxor and divides the city into a lively urban east side and a contemplative rural west side, the necropolis of Ancient Thebes. Boats act as taxis to go from one bank to the other. It is truly relaxing to let the banks pass aboard a felucca in the early evening and to glide silently along watching the sunset.

Hot-Air Ballooning

Watch the sunrise over the Nile and the historic sites of Luxor like the Valley of the Kings from the air. Glide majestically over the temples and burial grounds of the pharaohs with tranquility and peace. See this spectacular landscape from an unique viewpoint and you will never forget it. Most flights take place at dawn when the winds are most favourable. You have to get up early but it's worth it.

Hot-Air Balloons on the Luxor West Bank

Shopping

In the Souk (Souq) on Market Street you will find a wide variety of goods for sale, from statues to scarfs, bags, and belts to papyrus, alabaster, Egyptian ornaments, perfume oils, hookahs, gold & silver, and so on. You will find also goods for your daily use like fruits and vegetables, tea, spices, and herbs, bread and sweets, towels, western clothes, as well as Gellabiyas, the traditional Egyptian casual dress for men and women.

Since the Souk in Luxor is sheltered it's pleasant to stroll about. And when you feel tired from bargaining have a coffee or tea in one of the coffee shops.

Reading and learning

When you like to learn more about the Ancient Egyptian culture and heritage visit the 2007 inaugurated Luxor Heritage Center and inside Mubarak Public Library (Luxor East Bank, Karnak Temple Street). Mubarak Center for Egyptian Cultural Heritage is established with the aim of orienting Luxor’s tourists with Egypt’s cultural heritage. Open every day, Tuesdays excepted, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Luxor Heritage Center, Mubarak Public Library. Luxor East Bank

Luxor Heritage Center:

  • Culturama - an interactive showcase of the documentation of Pharaonic, Coptic, Islamic, natural, and modern Egyptian heritage on 9 seamless connected flatscreens with a 180 degrees panorama and a diameter of 10 metres. This panorama is the first of its kind worldwide.
  • Forsan al-Sama’a Hall - a hall where astrological equipments are displayed
  • 3D Show Hall with three rooms for 3D showcase of selected Pharaonic, Coptic, and Islamic archeological pieces
  • Corner with screen displaying Eternal Egypt website - a unique interactive website that showcases selected treasures of the Egyptian cultural heritage covering all Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic, and Islamic ages.

Mubarak Public Library:

  • Library of Egyptology containing 10,000 books in different languages
  • Hall of maps including maps of the various archaeological Egyptian sites
  • Reading halls for adults and children (with kindergarten!)
  • Language training lab for English, French, Italian, German, and Japanese
  • Training lab for computers and applications
  • Internet corner

 

Just Enyoying

Don't forget this because that's the special charm of Luxor: nothing to have to do - just to relax! And this, for example, works perfectly in one of the numerous open-air cafés with a fresh lemon juice or a Karkadeh (Karkady), the tasty tea made of hibiscus flowers that is served hot or cooled as desired. This drink is said to have been consumed in Ancient Egypt as a preferred drink of pharaohs.

Karkadeh - Tea Made of Hibiscus Flowers

 

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