Luxor spreads along the east bank of the Nile, its outskirts encroaching on villages and fields. The relatively compact tourist zone is defined by three main roads. Sharia al-Mahatta (aka Sharia Sa’ad Zaghloul) runs 500m from the train station towards Luxor Temple, where it meets Sharia Maabad el-Karnak, the main drag heading north to Karnak Temple (2.5km). Karnak is also accessible via the riverside Corniche, though tourists generally stick to the 1.5km stretch between Luxor Museum and the Winter Palace hotel. The “circuit” is completed by a fourth street, known as Sharia al-Souk after its bazaar.
In the last two decades Luxor has expanded south towards the village of Awmia, with dozens of hotels and other facilities along Sharia Khalid Ibn Walid (running 4km from the Iberotel to the Sheraton) and Television Street (named after its TV tower), which now constitute extensions of the tourist zone. The “suburbs” of New Karnak (between Karnak Temple and the Hilton) and Fayrouz (at the far end of Mohammed Farid and Television streets) are both neighbourhoods with flats for rent.