The mega-city of Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the 19th largest city in the world. Along with a population of over 16 million people, Cairo is also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World—The Pyramids of Giza. The city presents a timeless journey for tourists with its combination of glittering modern skyscrapers, ornately decorated mosques, and ancient landmarks.
Most visitors flock to this ancient city located on the banks of river Nile to marvel at the lives of ancient pharaohs and the sheer wonder of the great pyramids. However, the city has become a blend of old and new and to get the full experience, you must explore both sides.
Of course, a visit to this city is incomplete without going to see the Pyramids of Giza. A short taxi ride away from the busy city center, the site includes the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, a mere 15-minute walk from each other. For a minimal fee, you can enter the claustrophobic guts of this marvelous tomb and experience the nobility and opulence of ancient Egyptians. Take a camel or horse ride along the beautiful sand dunes surrounding the Pyramids for an authentic taste of ancient life in Cairo.
For a deeper look into the history of the city, you must visit the Grand Egyptian Museum. Located in the middle of the city, the museum holds a remarkable collection of ancient artifacts from royal mummies to ancient treasures retrieved from the tombs of kings who ruled the Nile.
The Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo Citadel and Mosque of Mohammad Ali Pasha, Cairo Tower, and the Hanging Church are just a few examples of magnificent Islamic architectural landmarks that are definitely worth a visit in Cairo.
The Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar is a shopper’s paradise with hundreds of vendors filled in a sprawling market within the heart of the Islamic Cairo. Dating back to the 14th Century, the market offers all sorts of unique local products such as exotic spices, silver jewelry, and gorgeous souvenirs that you can take back home and make your friends envious!
No visit to the Egyptian capital can be complete without tasting the local gastronomical delights. Visit the popular local restaurants like Sabaya, Felfela, and Sequoia and try traditional dishes such as Fiteer (Egyptian Pizza), Taa’miya (Falafel), Muzagga (Egyptian moussaka), and the famous Shawarmas (local meat wraps). Visit the local coffee shops for aromatic coffees and teas, smoking Shisha (water based pipes), and delicious delicate pastries.
The best time to visit Cairo is between the cooler months while avoiding the sweltering heat and tourist crowds during summer. The city offers a wide range of economical accommodations and the local transport is cheap and convenient!
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