For a truly authentic experience of modern Egypt blended with ancient history, Cairo is the best place to go. With stunning city views intersected by the famous Nile River, Cairo has long been the center of Egypt’s political and cultural life. Plus with a hot desert climate and countless activities for both holidaying tourists, and those wanting to know more about the cultural history of Egypt, Cairo is an idyllic holiday location. Here are some great locations that you cannot afford to miss out on when visiting Cairo for a holiday.
The Pyramids and the Sphinx
One of the world’s greatest wonders, the pyramids of Giza are a must see. Their pure size and age is astounding when you consider that only human hands were used to create the massive structures. Tours of the pyramids are provided, although it can be quite a claustrophobic experience if you are not used to being in enclosed spaces.
The Sphinx is another wonder of the world, with its iconic figure and magnificent structure. Seeing the sunset over the pyramids and the sphinx is truly a sight to behold, particularly if you happen to be sipping a delicious mint tea while watching it. The Egyptian museum is also a great place to see the wonders of the ancient world, although to get the most out of the experience you’ll need a guide to tell you where everything is.
Visit an ‘ahwa’
Known as a traditional Egyptian cafe, the ‘ahwa’s’ of Cairo are normally just extensions of street vendors with chairs and tables in the open street. However for an authentic cafe experience in Cairo, an ‘ahwa’ is not to be missed. They are considered the centre of social life in Egypt, and offer a variety of fresh fruit juices, as well as a number of smoking flavours for a try on the Shisha.
Try the Local Delicacies
Street food in Cairo is very cheap, but it is certainly a great way to try some of the local delicacies of Egypt without having to empty your traveler’s check book. Various vendors may sell koshary; a mixture of macaroni, lentils rice and various spices, or a variety of different lamb and chicken kabobs.
For a traditional Egyptian style breakfast, try the ‘foul’ a paste made of beans and vegetables served in a small loaf of bread. A hearty breakfast that will only set you back around 1 Egyptian Pound!
Not suitable for those afraid of heights, the Cairo Tower is another great way to see the whole city in all its glory. Built in 1961 the Cairo Tower stands 187 metres tall and is designed in the shape of a traditional Egyptian lotus flower. You can enjoy the view and enjoy some classic cuisine in Cairo Tower’s revolving restaurant. Located on an island in the Nile, you’ll be able to see some of Cairo’s many floating restaurants as they float atop the Nile.
Cairo is a city rich with culture that has something to offer everyone, whether you are a fan of fine dining, of the local history, or just love to soak up the sun. For a great holiday abroad, Cairo is the place to go.