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A trip to Cairo

The land of the pharaohs a few thousand years ago, and now a bustling contemporary holiday destination, Egypt continues to prove popular with tourists. Easily reachable from bases like Sharm el Sheikh, get your travel mojo going with a trip to Cairo, the nation's capital.


Hustle and bustle

The moment you set foot in this intriguing city, after an hour's flight from Sharm el Sheikh, prepare to be mesmerised by the sights and sounds around you. If you thought this historic town would be boring, think again.

The moment you set foot in this intriguing city, after an hour's flight from Sharm el Sheikh, prepare to be mesmerised by the sights and sounds around you. If you thought this historic town would be boring, think again.

This is the place to open your wallet and invest in some intricate, beautifully crafted jewellery, or simply relax with a coffee in one of the market's many cafes. Haggling is an art form here – so never pay the price on the ticket, bargain away like the locals.

Walking through history

It's not just the markets and the people that contribute to Cairo's mystique. In fact, the biggest appeal for many is the country's famous history, which holidaymakers can revisit with a trip to the Egyptian Museum.

If you've spent time in Luxor you'll have seen the majestic Temple of Karnak or wandered around the Valley of the Kings, well the Cairo based Egyptian Museum is just another piece of this historical jigsaw.

Stand in awe of Tutankhamun's majestic gold and blue mask, or view the contents of the tombs from the Valley of the Kings. The museum is large and the collections can be cluttered, so it may be worth using a guide or choosing your highlights in advance.


Centres of learning

Cairo has so much history you could spend all of your trip absorbing it. So, a visit to one of the city's ancient madrassas, or seats of learning, may come in handy. Or you can always check out the stunning Beit el-Suhaymi, a 17th century family mansion in the fascinating Darb al-Asfar alley.

Look out for cool courtyards, beautiful architecture, and an opportunity to step back from contemporary life for a short while. Just a gentle reminder – if you're thinking of visiting one of Cairo's beautiful mosques, ensure that you respect their rules before entering.

Nightlife and dining out

Exploring a new city and getting to grips with its culture is as much about visiting its nightclubs and restaurants as it is about spending time in museums and art galleries. It may come as a surprise, but Cairo comes with a lively and fun nightlife scene. Although alcohol is only permitted in some designated tourist areas, most of the focus is on the music and atmosphere. El Horreya is the venue to track down though, if you're looking for something pub-like that is.

At the At-Tabei Ad-Dumyati you'll get cheap Egyptian eats before your night's adventure. Then head to El Ghouri Arts Centre to spot some whirling dervishes, while jazz aficionados will enjoy the vibe at the Cairo Jazz club. Overlooking the Nile, Graffiti Bar and Lounge is a fantastic spot if you're looking for sushi accompanied by DJ sets and live music.

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