Here’s a mini guide to eat, drink, see and stay in Luxor – the world’s greatest open-air museum.
Thousands of people from all corners of the world come annually to visit the historic monuments that Luxor has to offer. Egypt’s vast tourism economy is largely in part due to Luxor’s success with foreigners, and for good reason: there is simply so much to do. Here is our guide to this renowned city.
HOW TO GET THERE
Luxor is located in Upper Egypt (not to be confused with northern Egypt), in the southern most part of the country. Driving from Cairo to Luxor can take 8 to 9 hours, so we definitely recommend flying. It’s only an hour long flight, and local flights are super efficient to get through in the airport. Just make sure you book your ticket ahead of time.
Since Luxor is one of the biggest tourist locations in the world, there are various hotels that you can stay at for really good prices. You will, of course, have the big names available, such as the Hilton, but will also have some local options to stay at if you’re trying to shake things up.
Luxor is absolutely stacked with some of the most historic and beautiful sights in the world. You should start out with the Valley of the Kings. For a time period of almost 500 years, rock cut tombs were gouged for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom in this momentous valley.
The Karnak Temple should also be at the top of your list. Known as the largest religious building in the world, and honors many well known gods such as Osiris, Amun, Isis, and Ptah.
Due to the popularity of Luxor with foreigners and tourists, you will have no trouble finding any kind of cuisine to suit your mood, from European style eats to classic Egyptian establishments. Aisha Restaurant is one of the more popular places to eat, with amazing Mediterranean and Egyptian dishes guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Another restaurant you should go to if you’re in the mood for great Egyptian food is Al-Sahaby Lane Restaurant, with all the classic dishes Egypt is known for, as well as some other cuisine options, such as Italian. If you’re in the mood for smoking shisha, the option is available as well.
Unfortunately, during the unprecedented times of this pandemic, most bars in Luxor are temporarily closed. When the time comes that they do open, however, the most well known ones to look out for are The King’s Head Bar, and Murphys Irish Bar.