A modern metropolis nestled between the ruins of an ancient city, Luxor is often referred to as the world’s largest open-air museum. State of the art hotels stand side by side with age-old temples and monuments, beautifully preserved and surrounded by legend and intrigue.
As you are in the heart of the Egyptian desert, expect very hot, dry days in Luxor. Summer temperatures can easily exceed 40°C during the day. However, winter temperatures can be quite pleasant, especially compared to back home, making Luxor a year-round resort.
The ancient monuments here are a testament to Egypt’s story, but the Luxor Museum could be a great place to stop in when the sun reaches its highest. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy what Luxor has to offer so step back in time to the land of the pharaohs, where kings and queens were worshipped as gods and towering temples in their honour dominated the city skyline. Wander roads lined with sphinxes and try your hand at deciphering aged hieroglyphics intricately carved into walls, before indulging in a cocktail or two in a rooftop bar as the sun goes down.
Although a fantastic city for sightseers, those on cheap Luxor holidays are not limited to the historic attractions. For example, you could take a cruise on the famous River Nile in one of the many local felucca boats, or journey into the desert on camelback.
There is also a large souk, or market, in Luxor, which is a great place to find authentic gifts for friends and family back home. Exploring its sights and sounds can lead to a pleasant day and allows you to haggle your way through the lively souks and experience taste explosions with the local cuisine.
As a bustling city, there is plenty to do in Luxor at night, although be aware that it isn’t exactly a party town, with public drunkenness generally frowned upon. There is a number of local bars and pubs where you can find a drink, and many of the restaurants also serve beer and wines. Some of the pubs cater towards a British crowd, such as The King’s Head and JJ’s, so you will be able to quench your thirst in familiar surroundings.
Throughout its long history, Egypt has welcomed many travellers to its lands, which has led to the development of a distinct culinary style. Featuring with herbs and rich flavours, you will be sure to find a dish that you enjoy. Perhaps it will be mulukhiya, which is a soup made from the leaves of corchorus and jute plants. To find some of these dishes, check out some of the eateries that serve local cuisine, such as the Sofra Restaurant & Café or Africa Restaurant. For a taste of home, establishments including The Lantern and the Jewel of the Nile provide more international fare, including British dishes.
As one of Egypt’s premier tourist destinations, finding a hotel for during your Luxor holiday will be a breeze. From the Karnak Resort Luxor to Eatabe Luxor Hotel, you will be sure to find somewhere that meets your budget.