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Travel Guide of Cairo in Egypt by Influencers

Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world. Its metropolitan area, with a population of over 30 million, is the largest in Africa, the Arab world, and the Middle East, and the 6th-largest in the world.

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Discover our travel guide of Cairo in Egypt made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

What you will see and do in Cairo:

  🏘️ Town     🏰 Historic site     🗼 Landmark     🏖️ Ocean     🌆 Skyline     🏞️ River  

Travel Tips for visiting Cairo

The Egyptian Museum and the now-famous Tahrir Square,

the Islamic Cairo with the Sayyidna el-Hussein and el-Azhar mosques as well as the great souk Khân el-Kalili and the citadel (el-Qalaa). The old Cairo and the Coptic quarter too, for the less hurried. 

Add to that a quick stroll along the Corniche and an evening on a terrace in Zamâlek to enjoy the modern city. Most travelers spend too little time in the capital of Egypt. It must be said that this sprawling megalopolis, soaked in dust and pollution, most of the time crushed by heat, terribly noisy, congested, a sea of buildings without a single green space, does not invite one to spend time there at first.

Cairo can reveal a very different face from the dreamed city, El-Qahira (the Victorious), capital of Egypt,

located at the entrance of the delta of the sacred river of the Pharaohs. Its sprawl and chaotic traffic make it difficult to visit, the metro - modern and efficient - covers only a small portion of the city and the daily life of the visitor is like that of the Cairoite, consisting of a lot of time on foot and in cabs. 

But if Cairo is not a city for tourists, it is fascinating for those who know how to get past this chaos. From antiquity to the end of the 19th century, the city has known a succession of golden ages and dominators whose heritage is intermingled and juxtaposed today in this imbroglio of more or less distinct districts. Often hidden, the collection of mosques, madrasas, and mausoleums worthy of interest is incredible and Islamic Cairo alone deserves a full day's visit for those interested in history and architecture. The city of the dead, the largest necropolis in the world inhabited by... nearly a million living people should not be omitted. 

Not forgetting finally, a young, dynamic, curious population, to be met to immerse oneself in this fascinating Egyptian society, so many times secular but also in full mutation.

A world to discover before escaping for a final journey through time at half an hour by cab from the center of Cairo: the pyramids of Giza. Simply one of those sites that you must have the chance to discover once in your life.

With nearly 17 million inhabitants, Cairo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

Noise, traffic, and pollution are inevitable for a capital city of this size. Despite this, the city is full of vitality and energy. It retains a special charm that will dazzle you.

After a marathon day of visiting the city's museums and tourist attractions, at nightfall, opt for a relaxing and peaceful boat ride on the Nile.
Finally, you can visit one of the city's typical cafeterias and enjoy the exquisite flavors of teas and coffees.
The pyramids and sphinxes are located in Giza (about 20 kilometers southwest of the capital).
You will be impressed by their size: the construction of the Pyramid of Cheops would have required the use of nearly 2.5 million blocks of limestone.

As you travel through the city, you will appreciate the charm that emanates from the Nile and is undoubtedly one of the greatest assets of Cairo.
Don't miss the ancient and grandiose mosques such as the Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun and the Madrasa Mosque of Sultan Hassan.

Lovers of ancient art will be delighted by a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian art.
Souks and markets like Khan al-Khalili are also worth a visit.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Cairo

Cairo : what to eat?

Fresh fish is one of the local specialties. The national dish is foul (bean stew with onions, cumin, and lemon).

In addition to the Egyptian restaurants that you will discover in Cairo, you can also taste the gastronomy of other regions in the east. Cairo also boasts good French, Swiss, Italian, and Asian restaurants. Muslims do not eat pork, which is why few local restaurants serve it. But although they don't drink alcohol, you'll have no trouble ordering a glass of wine or a beer in most establishments.

Most hotels also invite you to try international dishes. While you will find cheap food in every corner of the city, the best and most expensive food is found in luxury hotels.
Desserts include oriental pastries made with honey and oil, which can be accompanied by Turkish tea or coffee.

You can also explore the labyrinth of alleys and squares that make up the great Cairo souk.

You will find all kinds of products and souvenirs that will surprise your loved ones:

  • The famous scrolls
  • Embroidered clothes
  • Big cushions and other objects with your name embroidered in Egyptian according to the designs you choose (you have to ask for it in advance) as well as essences and very successful imitations of famous perfumes.

The capital of Egypt has 17 million inhabitants with its agglomeration which makes it the largest city in Africa.

Cairo is located in the north of the country at the beginning of the Nile Delta.
Although the city is not very tourist-friendly because of its size and traffic, you will find a lot to do if you take the time: of course,

  • The Egyptian Museum must be on your agenda as well as the pyramids of Giza.
  • The Old Cairo neighborhood (Coptic quarter) is the oldest in the city.
  • Go to the Khân al-Khalili souk, discover the famous Tahrir square, the monuments of Islamic Cairo like the Sayyidna el-Hussein mosque, the City of the Dead...

In the evening, to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city, go to the modern district of Zamâlek. If you plan to visit Egypt and especially the Nile Valley, Cairo is often not included in the itinerary but can be a 2-day stay for example.

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Al-Muizz li-Deen Illah

  2.6 km (1.6 miles) away from Cairo

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Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel Rahman Katkhuda

  2.6 km (1.6 miles) away from Cairo

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Salah El Din Al Ayouby Citadel

  2.9 km (1.8 miles) away from Cairo

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Pyramid of Khafre

  12.2 km (7.6 miles) away from Cairo

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Khufu Ship

  12.2 km (7.6 miles) away from Cairo

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Great Sphinx of Giza

  12.2 km (7.6 miles) away from Cairo

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Great Pyramid of Giza

  12.8 km (7.9 miles) away from Cairo

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Pyramid of Menkaure

  13.0 km (8.1 miles) away from Cairo

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Giza Necropolis

  13.4 km (8.3 miles) away from Cairo

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