Welcome to Cairo

Cairo is one of the world’s great megacities. As beautiful as it is crazy, and as rich in historic finery as it is half dilapidated, Cairo tends to be a city that travelers love and hate in equal measures. Its sheer noise, pollution, and confounding traffic are an assault on your senses, but look beyond the modern hubbub, and you’ll find a history that spans centuries. Full of vigor, Cairo is where you really get a feel for Egyptian street life. No trip to Egypt is complete without a stay in the city Arabs call Umm al-Dunya (The Mother of the World).

Top Cairo Attractions

No trip to Cairo would be complete without a Visit to nearby Giza to gawk at its giant ancient monuments. While undoubtedly crowded, they are an unforgettable sight. Remember to bring your water and some sunscreen, as there is little respite from the sun’s scorching rays in this area.

The gallery of artifacts in this Collection can at first seem overwhelming: not only are they historically priceless, but the sheer number of pieces can be mind-boggling! Opened in 1902, the Egyptian Museum contains 107 chronologically divided halls featuring mummies, jewels and other pieces from ancient ages. Try to find a guide that will lead you on a tour of the awe-inspiring highlights.

Old Cairo Also known as Coptic Cairo, this quiet neighbourhood features two important sites: the crypt of the Holy Family under St. Sergius Church and the Nunnery of St. George. Also of particular interest in this area is the Ben Ezra Synagogue, rumoured to be the exact spot where baby Moses was hidden among the reeds in the Bible’s Old Testament. A visit to the Old Cemetery completes an afternoon of quiet reflection on this city’s diverse ethnic heritage.


Babylon Fort This fort serves as the entrance to Coptic Cairo, the area settled by the very first Arab armies. Named Kheraha in ancient times, the city was eventually re-dubbed Babylon, and Persians built the fort to protect their city from invading Romans. All that remains today are the large towers that guarded the fort’s entrance, the vestiges of which are visible to the left when facing the Coptic Museum. The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George is built atop the ruins of the second tower to the right.

Cairo experiences two seasons per year: a relatively warm winter from November to April, and a scorching summer that begins in May and extends until October. Your best bet is to travel to the city between November and March to take advantage of the Cool Temperatures. Cairo receives very little rainfall, so no need to worry about a rainy season.

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