Things to do in Luxor
#1 in Best Places to Visit in Egypt – There are plenty of things to do in Luxor. Bestowed with a wealth of amazing historic attraction, Luxor is a perfect holiday spot for anyone interested in the ancient Egypt civilization and architectural wonders.
Top things to do in Luxor
Located in the east bank of Nile river, Luxor temple is a huge ancient Egyptian complex built by King Amenhotep III and King Ramesses II. The temple was dedicated to Gods like Amon-Re, Mut and Khons. It served as the host for the famous Opet festival. The magnificent temple has many separate sections to serve various purposes of the festival. A granite shrine at the rear of the complex was dedicated to Alexander the Great. The Great Pylon of Ramses II is one of the main attractions of this complex. You can see two huge statues of Ramesses here. The great Court of Ramesses II features a shrine dedicated to Thutmose III. The court is surrounded by 74 papyrus columns. The colonnade of Amenhotep III in the Luxor Temple has seven pairs of papyrus columns of 16 meters high.
This temple is not as massive as Temple of Karnak but is incredibly beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The best time to view this masterpiece is at night after it’s illuminated with yellow lights. It’s sheer magic! The other time this temple looks its best is at Sunrise.
Temple of Karnak
You can visit the beautiful archaeological site Karnak in Luxor. This is a unique and extraordinary complex that features a host of kiosks, sanctuaries, obelisks and pylons dedicated to the Pharaohs and Theban Gods. The temple of Karnak, is one of the largest religious sites in Egypt and was built by pharaohs over hundreds of years. The site comprises of many temples dedicated to various Gods. Ancient Egyptians believed this place to be the place of Gods. Today, temple of Karnak is just a famous tourist spot in Luxor. This massive temple is absolutely magnificent. Best time to visit this temple is at night after it’s illuminated. This is an amazing place for people who love history as this temple has thousands and thousands of years of history and the carvings on the stones are incredibly legible even today. Read more about the temple of karnak here.
Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings is a World Heritage Site and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Luxor. The Valley contains 63 tombs constructed for the Pharaohs and nobles of ancient Egypt. Among them around 30 tombs are open for public. The tombs of Ramesses IV, Ramesses VI, Ramesses IX and Merneptah are more famous among tourists. Read more about Valley of the Kings here.
Valley of the Queens
Valley of the Queens is a fascinating attraction of Luxor. It is the last resting place for the queens, princes and princesses of Pharaohs belonging to 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties. There are more than 70 tombs and many of them are beautifully decorated. The Tomb of Queen Nefertari, AmenherKhepshef and Queen Tyti are the main attractions of the valley. You need to wear shoe pads and masks before entering the tombs.
Free things to do in Luxor
Colossi of Memnon
Colossi of Memnon are two giant statues of the Pharaoh Amenophis III. The temple that the statues once marked the entrance to, have since been destroyed, leaving only two parallel statues in the middle of modern day farms and cornfields. This is a mind-boggling site. The statues were carved from one enormous piece of stone.
Just walking around the city of Luxor is lovely. Do not miss out the delicious, mouthwatering Egyptian cuisine served at popular restaurants and cafes like Sofra, Oasis Café and Salahadeen. Enjoy exciting horse riding and camping trips into the desert at Nobi’s Arabian horse stables.