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Ten things to do in Cairo

Cairo is the largest city on the African continent and home to more than 16 million people, unsurprisingly the city is noisy almost 24hours a day. Amongst the chaos Cairo does offer the odd oasis of calm and tranquillity as well as many places to visit and enjoy.

The Sphinx and Pyramid in Egypt

The Sphinx and Pyramid in Egypt

1.     Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza – No visit to Cairo is complete without a tour of Egypt’s most famous landmarks, the Pyramids and their guardian the Sphinx.

2.     Egyptian Museum – another must see during your stay in Cairo, the museum features numerous ancient artefacts, the most notable of which are the gold treasures of Tutankhamen.

3.     Shopping – The historical Khan el-Khalili bazaar is a great place to bag a bargain, just be prepared to haggle. The main goods on sale are gold, silver, copper, perfume, spices and cloth. Those looking for fabrics including Egyptian cotton should try the Wekalet al-Balah, and for appliqué-work visit the Tent makers’ Bazaar.

Old Cairo, including the ancient Al-Azhar University and mosque

Old Cairo, including the ancient Al-Azhar University and mosque

4.     Islamic Cairo – The centre of historic Cairo, worth exploring for its warren like streets and home to many mosques, the Citadel and the Khan al-Khalili bazaar. The major mosques worth visiting include the Mosque of Mohammed Ali (named after a 19th century ruler, not the boxer), the Ibn Tulun is one of the largest mosques in the world and Al-Azhar mosque which houses the oldest university in the world (from 970AD).

5.     Old (Coptic) Cairo – Coptic Cairo is the oldest part of the city, and the original site of Roman built Babylon.  Here is where you’ll find most of Egypt’s churches including the Hanging Church (the centre of Coptic worship) and the Ben Ezra synagogue, Egypt’s oldest synagogue.

6.     The Citadel – The Citadel houses a number of museums, ancient mosques and other sites of interest, this massive stone fortress offers amazing views of the city and beyond.

Felucca on the Nile River

Felucca on the Nile River

7.     A felucca on the Nile – Renting a felucca is a good way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

8.     Pharaonic Village – Experience ancient Egypt, with a one-hour guided cruise, sail along canals as you pass by recreated scenes of life in ancient Egypt. A great activity for all the family to enjoy, which introduces you to the history and lifestyle of Egypt in the time of Pharaohs.

9.     A desert trip – A trip into the desert offers a unique experience whether it’s a jeep safari, camel or horseback ride you can visit for an hour, a few hours or camp out with an overnight stay.

The Cairo Tower

The Cairo Tower

10.     The Cairo Tower – Enjoy a panoramic view of the city in a slowly revolving restaurant. Located on Gazera Island (Zemalak) it’s open from 9am-1am every day.

Posted : Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 09:07
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One Response to “Ten things to do in Cairo”

  1. Shell says:

    Aaargh, again!

    Why do people NEVER mention the Solar Boat museum right at the side of the Great Pyramid?

    It’s an absolutely Fantastic place to visit and totally amazing when you see just how big the boat they found by the base of the pyramid is….

    Don’t miss it on your next visit to Cairo, please.

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