Cairo effortlessly blends both ancient and modern. Every aspect of a trip to Egypt is represented in this city so if you’re looking for a holiday to Egypt, this article has you covered!
The sphinx and Giza Pyramids
Just as Rome is synonymous with the coliseum, so are the pyramids of Giza and the sphinx with Cairo. The popularity of these sites means that they are always overcrowded. You can enter the pyramids and walk around.
Khan el Khalili market
This market is typical of a tourist market, but is large enough to get lost in. it’s in a part of the city named Islamic Cairo and has lots to offer the shopper. You can buy carpets, spices and fabrics as you watch free Belly dance and Sufi Dance shows in Wikalat al-Ghouri. If you are here at night, visit the street called Bad el fatouh and see the beautiful mosques decorated with pretty lights.
This is a very touristic site, but un-missable nevertheless. It’s very peaceful here as the surrounding area is closed to traffic. The site features several mosques, the main one being the Mohammed Ali mosque. If you can get up to the esplanade, you will have a beautiful view of Cairo, and on a clear day, see the pyramids in the horizon.
The Egyptian Museum
In terms of organization, this museum is lacking to say the least. You can easily pass an important artifact without even knowing it as there are no signs: which is very strange as the artifacts found here are in fact priceless. Some of the artifacts in this museum are the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamen. There is also a mummy room where you will see the great rulers of ancient Egypt. A new museum is currently under construction next to the pyramids of Giza, but for the moment, head to the red building with a big dome in Tahriri square.
Al Azhar Park
This park offers a beautiful view over Cairo and the citadel. There is a pond and a few cafes as well as a restaurant on site and the view at sunset is unmatchable. The park, which was literally built on a garbage dump was completed around 6 years ago.
The Cairo Tower
This 187 meter high tower was built in 1961. It was designed to look like a lotus flower and has a revolving restaurant on the roof. The tower is on Zamalek Island.
“Ahwa” means café and café in Cairo means smoking shisha, sipping on mint tea and drinking fruit juice. A café is a social place in Egypt so expect to spend a few hours.
Eat street food
It’s cheap, everywhere and there is a wide variety to choose from. Chicken, lamb, shawarma, or a typical Egyptian breakfast called “foul” (which is a bean paste with vegetables on a small loaf of bread) are the most common street foods available.