Cairo, Egypt’s capital city, is a captivating mixture of unique, historical sites and bustling city life. On the banks of the Nile, the city of Cairo has a good mix of accommodation to choose from including good-value hotels to luxury 5-star resorts. There are restaurants and bars galore, including glitzy hotel lounges, cheerful cafés and coffee houses. Cairo is also a shopper’s paradise - from the market stalls of Old Cairo, where you can barter for trinkets, carpets and spices, to the Khan el Khalili bazaar with its gold and silver sellers. Explore Cairo’s ancient past at the Cairo Museum, home of the treasures of Tutankhamun, and also the Citadel of Cairo. No holiday to Cairo would be complete without taking a trip to see the Sphinx and, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramids of Giza. And what’s more, Cairo is closer than you think –a flight to Cairo takes just over 5 hours from most UK departure airports – perfect for a long weekend city break!
There are many things to keep you entertained on your holiday in Cairo. Take to the Nile on a sightseeing cruise or enjoy a leisurely dinner cruise with belly dancing and traditional music. Shopping is a popular pastime with everything from market stalls, bazaars and designer shops to choose from. A trip to the Pyramids at Giza and Saqqara are a must, together with visits to the Cairo Museum, the Ibn Tulun Mosque and the Citadel of Cairo. Explore the desert and the Pyramids on a camel ride. Relax in the Al Azhar Park on the hillside overlooking the city, where youll find cafes, gardens, fountains, play areas and an amphitheatre.
Cairo has a buzzing nightlife that ranges from international bars and discos to Egyptian clubs where you can see traditional belly dancers. For traditional Egyptian entertainment, the Cairo Opera House offers daily, weekly and monthly events that range from ballet performances and symphony orchestras.
Youll be surprised by the selection of dining options in Cairo. From fine dining in the upmarket restaurants overlooking the River Nile to fast food options including wellknown burger bars, fried chicken and pizza chains. Local specialities include Fuul, Taamiyya (Falafel) and Kushari (noodles, pasta, tomatoes, beans and other things in a spicy sauce). A favourite Egyptian pastime is wiling away the hours in a coffeehouse (ahwa) over a game of backgammon and a sheesha waterpipe. Tea is served in glasses and comes dark and impossibly sweet; the same is true with coffee, which is taken in the Turkish style.
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