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Exotic Cairo is like a collection of different cities and, happily, enjoying them all while sticking to a set holiday budget is easy. Choose from a range of affordable three-star hotels in downtown Cairo, where you will be within minutes of the ancient Coptic quarter, close to Islamic Cairo and just a short distance from the historic banks of the Nile.
If you want to wake each morning with a view of the pyramids, look for good-value three-star hotels and guesthouses in Giza. Many accommodation options here come with charming roof terraces as well as easy access to the world’s most celebrated ancient landmarks. In the city centre, but away from the bustle, the elegant island of Zamalek is a good choice for inexpensive waterfront rooms, while chic Heliopolis, an affluent suburb of Cairo, also offers reasonably priced hotel options.
Cairo is a fun and rewarding destination for families travelling with children. Excellent city centre attractions, such as the Egyptian Museum, have fascinating historical collections that will enthral even the youngest travellers. Take the whole family out on a desert adventure to enjoy camel rides and jeep safaris through the sands as well as the legendary ancient monuments. Cruise the Nile on a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat.
Even shopping in Cairo can be a child-friendly adventure, with the endless hustle, bustle and chatter of the busy souks a truly mesmerising experience for all ages as the whole family hunts down exotic treats and traditional toys to buy.
If you need a breather from the exciting, high-energy atmosphere of central Cairo, use public transport links from downtown to access Al-Azhar Park. One of the city’s largest green spaces, this is a particular favourite with local families. Alternatively, the island of Zamalek, covered in lush gardens, is the perfect place for children to run free. Many three-star hotels in Cairo also have swimming pools and private grounds, so you can balance active days with quieter ones and keep everyone happy, relaxed and entertained with little or no effort.