Cairo is a bustling metropolis, a cosmopolitan city, and not only home to the Great Pyramid of Giza it is the largest city in Africa. For many, Cairo is epitomised by the pyramids, however there are many attractions of great interest for the visitor and many of the main highlights can be covered on your holiday in a short stay of two or three days.
The only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the pyramids are among the world's greatest tourist attractions and never lose their ability to inspire and overwhelm visitors. Do make the effort to include a visit to the nearby mysterious Sphinx, an ancient figure shrouded in legend and mystery.
Why you should visit Cairo
- Explore the breathtaking pyramids of Giza, the only remaining structure of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World
- Stroll through the labyrinthine lanes and boulevards of Islamic Cairo, the city’s medieval and symbolic heart
- Lose yourself in the overwhelming collection of treasures in the Egyptian Museum
- Wander through the small quarter of Babylon in Cairo’s Old Cairo District and visit the cities oldest Coptic Churches
Our travel experts ‘Must Do' in Cairo
No visit to Cairo or indeed Egypt would be complete without mixing with the locals. Visit one of the friendly cafes in the market place and enjoy a sheesha (water pipe) and a cup of Egyptian tea, relax and simply watch the world go by.
A little more about Cairo
The heart of Cairo houses the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, designed by a French architect in neo-classical style, and surrounded by gardens. It houses the world's greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities from 2700 BC to the 6th century AD and is well worth a visit.
In the Islamic region of Cairo there is the beautiful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Also of interest is the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar which is reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Whilst wandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities.
In Coptic Cairo there are the remains of the old Fortress of Babylon, the walls of the fortress enclose the Church of St. Sergius, which is built on a crypt considered to be one of the resting places of the Holy Family during their flight to Egypt.
When to go to Egypt
With most destinations in Egypt, the weather really does determine the best time of year to visit beacuse the summer gets very, very hot. Therefore we would advise travelling to Cairo in the cooler months between November and March.