Cairo is a magical place and every kind of holidaymaker can create unforgettable memories here...
Kids and teens: It's not the most obvious choice as a family-friendly destination but children go loopy at the sight of ancient mummies in Cairo's museums and are awe-struck by the pyramids.
Relaxing: The River Nile itself is a major tourist draw. Cruises along the Nile are vastly popular and a great way to explore its beauty, particularly with the incredible sunsets and the opportunity to hop off and visit the ancient temples during the day.
Free and cheap: Visit Coptic Cairo and its churches before touring Islamic Cairo, where you'll find ornate mosques. It's free to simply wander among the time-worn buildings of these neighbourhoods in the Old City of Cairo. Life here, in the shady streets, feels as if it's being played out in another time. If you visit a religious building a small donation is always appreciated.
Shopping: Shopping in Cairo, you can pick up tourists trinkets such as onyx Pharaoh cats - plus it's a great opportunity to haggle. The best known market is Kahn al-Khalili, situated within Islamic Cairo, with traders bargaining and offering everything from perfumes to clothing. It's a great place to people watch, too, and get a real taste of modern Egyptian life.
Nightlife: The nightlife in Cairo is comparatively quiet for such a large city with the men tending to congregate in coffee houses and the women visiting each other at their homes. Nonetheless there are some exciting venues such as Latex, which caters for clubbers, Palmyra, which gives you an insight into traditional belly dancing, and the Cairo Jazz Club, which is a nightclub, bar and restaurant rolled into one.