Our beloved city tops the Independent’s top ten cities to visit in 2019 and we are proud of it.
After years of political instability we are now back and on top of the cities you should spend your vacation in.
Cairo Egypt’s sprawling capital is set on the Nile River. Cairo considered as one of the world’s largest urban areas and offers many sites to visit, it would be impossible to accurately describe Cairo fairly; it is truly one of a kind.
5 things you should know before travelling to Cairo:
1- You need a visa and you can buy it upon arrival: Make sure to check your country-specific requirements well in advance to avoid any complications or denial into the country, however most probably you can obtain an Egyptian visa in advance of arrival in 25 American dollars which are requested in cash so to make things easy on yourself, have at least $25 per person in cash with you when you touch down.
2- Traffic could be crazy: Cairo has over 20 million people. It is the 3rd largest urban area in the Islamic World behind Jakarta and Karachi. So the traffic is usually overcrowded most time of the day especially peak time, however arranging your tour with any Egyptian travel/holiday companies to avoid the transportation hassle is a brilliant idea and there are a lot of luxury travel companies in Egypt.
3- Bring hat, wear your sunscreen and pack your large bottle of water: Cairo in summer time could be really hot specially at the middle of the day so just in case take your precaution and save your head and skin.
4- Be prepared to see some epic stuff: Well, we all know the Great Pyramids as many of tourists are travelling to visit it specifically but not all the people know that the Great Pyramids of Egypt are the ONLY remaining standing structures of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World! How cool is that?!
5- Ramdan month and Alcohol: Ramadan is a Holy month in the Muslim religion in which a strict fast is observed for a whole month, which means that no food and no water from dawn until sunset. Egypt is a country with a majority of Muslims, most of people are really dedicated to their religion so do not expect to travel there during the holy month and find open alcohol shops, however this is not applied on hotel’s bars and in some other cities such as Dahab, Hurghada and Sharm Al Sheikh will be easy to get wasted there.
6- Cairo is a big-busy city: So, in order to save your time and do all the cool things and visit all the interesting places you should pre-plan for your whole trip. We will hints you with the “a must see” places that you can’t ignore.
6 things are Egypt tourist attraction and “a must see” sights in Cairo
1- If you finally decided to visit Cairo this year then you are definitely a one lucky person because this year is the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum. The 1 billion dollar museum is described as the largest archaeological museum in the world. This marble megalith will display King Tutankhamun’s entire burial collection for the first time ever, standing right in front of them within an exact reconstruction of the tomb, as mentioned by the Independent.
2- Of course you can’t miss the ONLY remaining standing structures of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World we told you about earlier. You should plan a whole day from the early morning and visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx. Don’t forget your hat and the large water bottle and your camera obviously. You can’t really appreciate the grandeur of these structures until you are. Take a lot of pictures for you in front of the pyramids ride a camel and take a walk around, you’ll just love this.
3- The Great Pyramids are not the only ancient sight you can see, Tourists usually organize a tour to visit Memphis (pronounced Manf), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the pyramid complex of Giza, several structures and sculptures you can see in the open-air Memphis Museum in Mit Rihina, you will also be able to see One of the most impressive sculptures a 10 meter tall statue of Ramses II discovered by the entrance to the Ptah Temple and now housed in an indoor museum, the tour will also includes a visit to Saqqara and its step pyramid (due to its rectangular base)
4- Dining Nile cruises are the best! As Cairo is set on Nile River so you will find a plenty of sailing restaurant or dining Nile cruises that offers lunch or dinner and of course your meal came with a folklore show! You will be able to find different kinds and prices for these sailing restaurants in anytime of the day, we prefer the night Nile cruises, Cairo is a beautiful city when night comes and you will definitely enjoy the scene.
5- Salah A-din Citadel is a must see sight in Cairo, it was also proclaimed by UNESCO as a part of the World Heritage Site, the location on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo make you discover the whole city from the above. There are three main mosques and museum inside you will be able to visit and some very good restaurants to eat in, a much recommended sight scene you will be happy to see.
6- Last and not least, before leaving Cairo you must buy some souvenirs to your friends and family back home and where else you can get the most beautiful souvenirs other than Khan El-Khalili. The bazaar district is one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. And a few steps from this huge bazaar you can find one of the well known streets in Cairo, “Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatimi Street”, is one of the oldest streets in Cairo. No cars allowed in there so it is just you with your camera and you are going to love it.
On a side note for you and to be sure that Egypt is safe to visit, Egypt just won “a couple of days ago” the hosting of 2019 African cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed after a meeting of their executive committee in Dakar. The North African country will stage the tournament for the fourth time after Cameroon was stripped of its hosting rights. As known Football is the most popular sport in Egypt.