Cairo is a boisterous and lively city, with endless treasures waiting to be discovered. Here’s an at-a-glance guide of what not to miss.

Pose at the Pyramids

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the majestic Pyramids were built by highly-skilled craftsmen and more than 10,000 slaves. You can explore the narrow inner shafts, but they are airless and not for the claustrophobic. Don’t forget to jump on a camel and be snapped posing in front of the famous landmarks.

Cairo pyramids

Haggle at the market

Once you’ve seen the sights, the next stop has to be Cairo’s market. Bursting with men carrying teapots on their heads and colourful fabric stores, you’re in for a treat. The first rule of the market is to haggle. It might seem a waste of time for small objects like keyrings, but it’s a big part of Egyptian culture and fun to get involved.

Feast on falafel

The market is also a great spot to get stuck into some traditional Egyptian food. Hummus, grilled meats and tasty falafels can be found on every corner.

Cairo Egypt

Visit old Islamic Cairo

Egypt’s capital is one of the most bustling cities in the world, and is also rich in Islamic architecture and antiques. Stroll along El Moez Street, taking in the monuments and mosques before you reach the antique stores. Cover up when entering the mosques; showing even 
a little skin is prohibited and shoes are a definite no-no.

Smoke shisha

Smoking a shisha pipe is a must-do in Egypt. To sample the best, head for 
Cairo’s El Feshawy Coffee shop, where you can try an abundance of weird and wonderful flavours.

Enjoy park life

To see a more laid-back side to Cairo, stroll through El Azhar Park, where you can enjoy views of the city and see traditional Egyptian families going about their business. The park has an array of restaurants and landscaped gardens.

Cruise the Nile

Sunbathe on deck as the rolling fields and tropical palm-lined banks glide…

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