Luxor west bank
Luxor’s west bank (where most of the monuments are) and a Nile ferry. Photo by Marc Ryckaert.
The west bank is still a quieter place in spite of the newish bridge connecting east and west, particularly after the tourist hordes have gone back to their fancy hotels, though holidaymakers who fancy a simpler, more rustic experience can find excellent places to stay and passable places to eat on the west bank.
Felucca-ing about on the Nile near Luxor. Photo by Marc Ryckaert.
Riding: camels or horses, around the west bank could be interesting.
Sailing: laze for an afternoon or voyage for a few days down the Nile in a felucca (open old sail boat) tho’ don’t bother if you’re going down to Aswan, that’s the primary activity there; a local captain is necessary.
Biking: tooling around Luxor – especially the more beautiful and tranquil west bank – on two wheels is a terrific way to see the sights.
See our Egypt Travel Guide for advice on health, safety and money.
Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon in a typically calm and rural west bank environment. Photo by Olaf Tausch.
Luxor doesn’t do pyramids, the region speciality is a variety of magnificent temples, tombs and self-aggrandising monuments (and no one is grander than Ramases II), including the Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut, (all on the west bank) Karnak and Luxor Temples (right bank).
Hatshepsut Temple, west bank. Photo by Olaf Tausch.
On the west bank Hatshepsut temple is one of the great places of tourist worship, along with Medinet Habu, the Ramasseum and of course the externally dull Valley of the Kings.