Throw yourself headfirst into the dizzying, dazzling city of Cairo. The restless, hectic capital of Egypt is constantly alive, bursting with activity, tradition and history. This is a city where ancient civilisations collide with Medieval markets and modern metropolises. It’s an energising place, full of vitality, noise and all kinds of things competing for your attention. The best way to experience Cairo is to embrace its unique rhythms and enjoy the experience.
The Best Places to Stay in Cairo
Cairo is ready and raring to welcome tourists, greeting pyramid-hunters and culture vultures with open arms. The city centre, consisting of districts such as Islamic Cairo, Old Cairo and downtown, are where you can find many of the museums and historic attractions. Choose between upmarket suites and cheap hotels in this region to taste life in the heart of Cairo.
Head out to Heliopolis, a wealthy suburb near the airport, for luxurious upscale accommodation. Relax in this quieter region, away from the clamour of the centre. Alternatively, cross the Nile and head towards Giza for a room with the view of the pyramids.
Marvel at Wonders of the Ancient World
No trip to Cairo is complete without visiting the Pyramids of Giza. The origins of these iconic landmarks remain shrouded in mystery, and they are more powerful because of it. Ponder the riddles of the Sphinx and visit the remains of an ancient royal vessel at the Khufu ship.
Back in city centre, learn more about Cairo’s oldest residents in the Egyptian Museum. Find out more about the pharaohs and take in the ancient artefacts, including the treasures of Tutankhamun. The Museum of Islamic Art walks you through different aspect of Cairo’s multifaceted history or you could stand in awe of the Mosque of Mohammed Ali to appreciate the lasting impact of Islam on Egypt.
Discover Cairo’s Modern Side
A holiday in Cairo is not just a trip into history but also a way to experience modern Egypt. Ride the lifts to the top of Cairo Tower, the tallest building in Egypt, for panoramic views of the city straddling the banks of the Nile. Spend your days in Cairo shopping at the City Stars mall, then your evenings enjoying musical and theatrical performances in the Cairo Opera House.
Adventure for the Family in Cairo
Children will love the energy and adventure in Cairo. Family-friendly hotels are scattered across the city, where excitement awaits intrepid youngsters: ride camels into the desert past the pyramids, plummet down the rollercoasters of Dream Park with its rides for all ages or hunt for unique souvenirs in the Medieval market of Khan al-Khalili.
In Cairo, the past is beautifully preserved and maintained in some of the most impressive historic monuments in the world. Stay in Cairo to wander around storied streets and to surround yourself with ancient landmarks. You’ll also discover the more modern side of this city, which is constantly looking to the future at the same time as embracing the past.