Cairo is the capital of Egypt and also the largest city in the Muslim world, the Arab world and Africa. The Cairo city is also known for its ancient cities of Memphis, Giza and Fustat which are nearby the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza. It offers the tourists attractions like museums, temples and tombs, mosques, churches and other places.
Best time to Visit Cairo City
The best time to visit Cairo is during the winter from November to March when temperature remains below 25 oC and night is colder, with some rain.
Things to Do and See
Cairo city is a kind of place where tourists could spend whole day visiting the ancient places that are thousands of years old. On the West side of Cairo is River Nile and there are also some specific areas with which you should be familiar. These attractions include Giza, Saqqara, Dahshur, Abu Rawash and Abusir where visitors spend their time to see famous places like Egypt Pyramids, temples and tombs and the Egyptian Museum.
You can enjoy shopping not only in newly built malls but also in the traditional shops and markets. Cairo khan el-Khalili (bazaars) is best known for spices, Egyptian cotton, gold, brass, copper, silver and other items. The city also has certain facilities as; golf, bowling, ice-skating, western movies, art galleries, amusement parks and others.
Cairo city is famous for its casinos. The underground metro system is the most efficient and economical system for tourists and locals to get around. Other famous places to see are:
It is one of the pillars of Islamic thought and home to the world’s oldest university.
It is located is on Gezira Island from where you can have a 360 view of Cairo city.
Places to Eat
Cairo has fine Italian, Swiss, French and Asian restaurants.
Felfela is located in Talat Harb Street near Tahrir. The restaurant offers a wide variety of meals for the locals as well as tourists.
The restaurant is located at the July Street. It has a bar that serves alcohol beverages and the Sheesha. Children are not allowed to enter after 7 p.m. The restaurant is famous for its (Molokheyyah) dish; it’s a green leaf vegetable dish that is cooked with lots of garlic and onions and chicken stock and is served with white rice.
The Revolving Restaurant
The restaurant is really famous for its modern design, wonderful cocktails, great international menus and cooperative staff. They offer delicious dishes including homemade focaccia with olives, summer gazpacho, honey-glazed duck and tuna carpaccio.
Popular Hotels in Cairo City
Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo Hotel
The Sofitel El Gezirah hotel is located within two kilometers of opera house and very close to Egyptian Museum. The hotel guest rooms are decorated beautifully and the balconies provide you with full view of the city.
The rooms provide facilities as satellite television, direct dial phones and internet access. For business purposes the hotel contains conference rooms along with that there is also pool, fitness center and treatment booths.
Rates of the hotel start from EGP 1134.71
Ramses Hilton Hotel Cairo
It is a popular 5-star hotel located at the East side of River Nile. There are 859 bedrooms each offering minibar, air-conditioning, telephone, cable TV and bathrobe. From each room you can have a nice view of the river Nile.
The hotel consists of 36 floors and has facilities of beauty salon, outdoor pool, health and fitness center and music. There is also a café located outside the terrace that provides informal cuisines.
Parking, laundry and 24 hour front desk are also available. Rates of the hotel start from EGP 714.01.
Intercontinental Hotel Cairo Semiramis
It is a 5-star hotel located at the bank of the Nile River. The guestrooms in hotel offer various facilities such as; internet access, large balconies having a good Nile view and tea and coffee facilities, LCD TV, ironing board and others.
It is located close to many shops, restaurants and entertainment options. The hotel also provides other activities as; business center, casino, health center, bar and a pool. Hotel rates start from EGP 1077.52.