Travel to Cairo of Pharaonic charm and Arab exoticism
On the banks of the legendary Nile, just before the great river flows into the Mediterranean Sea, lies Cairo, the exotic capital of Egypt, and the largest metropolis of the Arab world. The mother of the world, as the locals call it, is a huge, noisy and extremely charming urban center, sculpted by the enormous wealth of its history and the global reach of its innumerable monuments, that introduce Cairo into the list of the world's most famous tourist destinations. Nowhere else in the world you meet history, folk tradition and oriental culture expressed and mix so nicely, creating a spectacular exotic setting, ready to lure every traveler into Arab magic.
Every corner of the city of Cairo reflects the history and myths of thousands of years, under the veil of mystical allure and the imposing Arab atmosphere. Like a scene of a motion picture, the pharaonic monuments in the Necropolis of Giza are a pleasant shock as their eerie physiognomy and aesthetic perfection stand out, while the Pyramids
and the majestic Sphinx at the lower part of the city are extremely impressive with their divine appearance and aesthetic perfection. The Pyramids and the majestic Sphinx gaze at the city and hand over the baton of beauty to the fortressy edge of the old city (Citadella) and the numerous mosques of Arabic elegance and grace (Mohammed Ali Mosque).
Colors, aromas and flavors are ideally mixed in the market of Al Halili, along with the historical squares (Tahrir Square), lead to the Egyptian museum of Cairo, where the greatest cultural treasures of humanity are kept and the hidden secrets of Egyptian art and culture are exhibited.
Impressive parks (Al-Azar Park), become places of recreation in the heart of the city, which rotates with the Cairo Tower, offering the most impressive panorama of the city, joining with the romantic atmosphere of the Nile on the picturesque island of Gezira.
Like that, Cairo of the thousands of minarets and modern extroversion, manages to amaze everyone and emerges, deservedly, as one of the current touristic wonders of the world.
Food and local cuisine
Egyptian cuisine stands out for its use of many spices that highlight the flavors of its rich dishes. Try the pie with broad beans, the heat molohia soup (from mallow and pieces of chicken), of course hummus and falafel, the traditional hamama (pigeon stuffed with bulgur), and the famous kushari (a mixture of pasta with spicy tomato sauce). Do not forget to try authentic Arabic coffee with cardamom flavor, as well as the famous sweet-ice creams, which will excite you.
Best time to visit Cairo
Ideally choose to travel to Cairo in the period between November and March, in order to avoid the increased temperatures and crowds observed during the summer months.
How to use transportation in Cairo
Transfer from/to Cairo
Cairo International Airport is located 20km away. Move to and from the airport by taxi, bus (no 356) or Cairo airport shuttle bus, heading to the city centre. Alternatively, rent a private car.
Cairo is characterized by intense and often chaotic traffic congestion. Choose to move around the city ideally by taxi or by bus of the public transport network, asking for the meter to be activated in taxis and paying attention to the influx of many people on the buses. Alternatively, walk to specific parts of the city or resort to rending a car.