Tourism in Cairo

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Cairo is the capital of Egypt. Cairo transports visitors to the medieval era, while just outside the city lies a time warp that takes you back thousands of years. The city’s premier museum is nearly bursting at the seams with ancient Egyptian treasures, but the biggest draw of Cairo lies in the places between these highlights. It is in the hookah bars, cafes, gardens and plazas that one really feels the allure of the city.

Best Time to Visit

If you are planning a Travel to Egypt then the best time to visit Egypt is from September through to April. Christmas, New Year and Easter are very popular times to visit Egypt, so it’s wise to book early.

Top Places to Visit in Cairo

1. Al-Azhar Park

Alovely oasis with beautiful landscaping, plenty of paths to explore and one of the most impressive views of the city. From the park, follow the ancient walls built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century until you come across many workshops, where locals are busy creating mother-of-pearl inlay boxes, leather shoes, parquet flooring and other treasures. Then, wander down to the Citadel, home to the country’s rulers for over 700 years. Only a small section of the original complex survives today, but visitors can walk through the complex’s three distinct mosques. The Muhammad ‘Ali Mosque is the most impressive, dominating the skyline of Cairo for over a century and becoming an icon of the city. The interior design is an interesting mix of French and Middle Eastern styles, outlined in ornate lines of gold, red and green. The mosque’s spacious and lush courtyard provides respite from the hot Cairo air, and it features a gilded clock tower given to the Egyptians in exchange for the obelisk that towers in the center of Paris.

2. Egyptian Antiquities Museum

The Egyptian Antiquities Museum is another must-see for history buffs, art lovers or really anyone visiting the capital. The huge neoclassical building houses more ancient artifacts than any other in the world, including such prized possessions as New Kingdom pharaoh Ramses II’s three colossi, a superb statue of Khafre, artwork from the reign of Akhenaton and the famous Tutankhamun collection, featuring the pharaoh’s sarcophagus and beautiful funerary mask.

Another must-see for history buffs, art lovers or really anyone visiting the capital. The huge neoclassical building houses more ancient artifacts than any other in the world, including such prized possessions as New Kingdom pharaoh Ramses II’s three colossi, a superb statue of Khafre, artwork from the reign of Akhenaton and the famous Tutankhamun collection, featuring the pharaoh’s sarcophagus and beautiful funerary mask.

When the sun sets and the air cools, stroll through the streets in search of a sidewalk cafe or sheesha house. You won’t have to go far, as the city is a playground at night and most places stay open until at least 2 am. The cultural scene is multi-layered, like the rest of the city, and visitors can attend classical Arabic music concerts in medieval houses, wonder at whirling dervishes outside old palaces or enjoy a an Italian opera performed by the Cairo Opera Company. In many places, Western and Middle Eastern styles combine in sometimes unexpected ways, ensuring that visitors feel welcome no matter where they spend the night in the capital.

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