Luxor is divided into two main districts East and West where most of the attractions are located.
is the center of Luxor where most of the accommodation and shopping facilities are present. The focal attractions in the East are the Luxor and Karnak temples located on the banks of the river. Four main roads characterize luxor East which are Al Telefizione street known for its cafes and shopping markets which was renovated recently. El Corninche street many hotels and bazaars are located on this street overlooking the Nile. Parallel to the Nile runs the Karnak street and Al Mahta street where the train station is found.
The West until recently was not suitable for tourists to stay however, development in the area made it more suitable for accommodation of tourists and new facilities are now being established to cater the needs of tourists. The West Bank is an area of limestone hills and valleys riddled with tombs and temples across the river from Luxor. Goats roam freely among the ruins, and the tiny settlements on the slopes provide a splash of colour in an otherwise desert-like barrenness. The 59ft (18m) high pair of enthroned statues of the Colossi of Memnon are the first things most visitors will see on the West Bank, the only remaining part of the mortuary temple of Amenophis III. Most travellers come to visit the Valley of the Kings where the secretive tombs of the Pharaohs were built to immortalize their mummies and treasures for eternity. In an attempt to thwart tomb robbers, traps and deceptions were part of the architectural planning. Dramatic descents, spectacular murals on the passage and chamber walls and a replica of the original sarcophagus at the end of the tunnel create an awe-inspiring atmosphere. Highlights include the Tomb of Tutankhamun and Ramses II. The country's finest tomb, however, lies in the Valley of the Queens, the Tomb of Nefertari, which has exceptional painted murals, but is at present closed to the public. Also worth a visit is Hatshepsut's Temple, mortuary temple of Egypt's only female Pharaoh.