Cairo holidays allow visitors to experience one of the oldest and most historic capital cities in the world. From ancient wonders such as the pyramids, incredible museums and the legendary River Nile to modern attractions, city breaks in Cairo certainly live up to expectations.
The Mosque of Rifai and Sultan Hassan
While strictly not in Cairo, as the oldest and last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is a must-visit. It forms part of the Giza pyramid complex, consisting of three pyramids and the Great Sphinx and is probably one of the world’s most famous sites. For more than 3,800 years the Great Pyramid was the world’s tallest man-made structure, until Lincoln Cathedral eclipsed it in 1311AD.
Pyramids of Giza
Dream Park, not far from the pyramids, is a great place to take the kids during family holidays in Cairo too – and it can also work as excellent bribery for spending the next day looking around some of the city’s wonderful museum.
The Egyptian Museum boasts more than 120,000 items – though not all are on display at once – dating back up to 5,000 years. While the museum itself is now looking a little tired, a brand-new museum is due to open in 2022. Elsewhere, Pharaonic Village is a living museum showcasing Egyptian history.
Egyptian Museum Cairo
Al-Azhar Mosque and the Hanging Church are two more must-see sites in the city, while to soak up some of the current Cairo culture, the Khan el Khalili Bazaar is the perfect place to immerse yourself in modern life. Haggle away and pick up some wonderful crafts, spices and decorative pieces.
Bazaar in Cairo
For different views of the city, take a trip to the top of Cairo Tower. At an impressive 187 metres, it’s the tallest structure in Egypt. Alternatively, there’s no better way to experience Egypt’s capital than from the Nile. Feluccas – traditional wooden sailing boats – are popular and provide the perfect vantage point. If you time it right, you might also catch a spectacular sunset too.
Feluccas on the River Nile
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