Its beautiful chaos can be both infuriating yet beautiful all at the same time - the magnificence of the city will overwhelm you with its beauty and frenetic atmosphere.
If you love Cairo, it will love you back! So here you go, a checklist for every sight you need to see.
When to visit Cairo, Egypt
The summer months are considered to be off-season - sites are quieter and prices are generally lower. So if you're planning to visit Egypt this time of year then you'd probably want to go sightseeing before lunch when the heat is still bearable.
Summer afternoons in Egypt should be spent doing very little as possible, however, in the evening the weather becomes a lot cooler.
Winter in Egypt, on the other hand, is peak season - from October to April. The daytime in winter is pretty much almost perfect weather and great for travelling and visiting the impressive monuments. However, the evening can get quite chilly.
From backstreet bazaars to minaret-topped mosques, neighbourhood coffee houses - exploring Islamic Cairo is an essential experience for your trip to Egypt.
Walking through the streets will take you back to the time of Cairo's past Islamic heritage - a huge bustling centre of worship, trade, shopping, and commuting.
A must-see for any visitor and truly deserves at least a couple of days exploring.
There are two very good reasons to visit the Citadel - one, because its one of the very few places In Cairo that is car-free, and two, it's the perfect spot to enjoy the view of the city, stretching all the way to the pyramids.
When at the Citadel you'll notice several points of interest, including three mosques, the Egyptian Military Museum, the Police Museum, and the Al-Gawhara Palace.
One of the most popular Islamic mosques among structures - the Muhammad Ali Mosque is just as impressive from a distance as it is up close and personal.
While wandering around the mosque taking in its beauty, you'll soon discover why it also holds the name of the 'Alabaster Mosque' - Its interior and exterior walls are amazingly coated with alabaster to the height of 11 metres.
The Muhammad Ali Mosque is to Egypt what the Blue Mosque is to Istanbul - probably.
If you're looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Cairo, then make a great escape to the wonderful place of Al-Azhar Park.
In addition to a few small cafes and the open-air theatre El Genaina, the restaurant Studio Masr in the northern section of the park capitalises on the views across the medieval city and beyond, whereas the Lakeside Cafe, on the other side of the park, has a tranquil lake-edge setting.
The park will leave you with a pleasant feeling - its landscaped gardens, water features and flowerbeds will leave you feeling nostalgic for the ancient Islamic gardens.
Everything you've hoped for and more in a market, the Khan el-Khalili is a shopping mecca found in the heart of Islamic Cairo.
Overflowing with narrow streets, this bustling market serves as the go-to place for authentic souvenirs - home to treasures such as Egyptian jewellery, hookah pipes, spices, and more.
A trip to Khan el-Khalili, or to any other market on Egypt, will test your bargaining skills - all is fair in the art of haggling.
No trip to Cairo, let alone Egypt, wont be complete without visiting the popular attraction of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
As one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, the extraordinary shape, impeccable geometry and sheer bulk of the pyramids still raises the questions: 'How are they built and why?'.
Today they stand as an awe-inspiring tribute to the might, organization, and achievements of ancient Egypt.
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