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Famed for its ancient attractions and dubbed by locals the “mother of all cities”, Cairo is Africa's largest city and its traditions spread beyond its most famous sights. Book Cairo holidays with TravelSupermarket and delve deeper into the fascinating capital of Egypt.
With its pyramids, museums, bazaars and the River Nile, Cairo is an intense city for all travellers...
Cairo is heaving with activity and its sheer intensity and modern hustle and bustle are a complete juxtaposition from the historic ruins that draw the majority of tourists.
There are regular flights from many UK airports direct to Cairo International Airport with most journeys lasting around five hours.
Cairo is perfectly suited to those looking for the ultimate city experiences, who like to be on the move and sightseers aiming to take in some of the most magnificent buildings ever developed. There's plenty to keep families entertained with the many sites and attractions but generally this is a holiday best suited to singles and couples who want to stay active.
When it comes to sightseeing in Cairo, you will be spoilt for choice. The city is packed with fine 19th-century buildings and ancient districts, but most famously it offers the pyramids of Giza – the world's oldest tourist attraction. The pyramids were built, it is speculated, to be used as tombs for the great kings of the ancient civilisation and they stand as a stunning remnant to the past. The Great Pyramid is the last remainder of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Sphinx (known as the Father of Terror) is said to outdate the pyramids and is as impressive as the hype suggests.
Old Cairo is also well worth visiting, particularly if you fancy a break from the constant activity in the main city. It is the home of five of the original 20 churches of the Coptic Christian Community and Egypt's first mosque and its oldest synagogue. If you're looking to explore Egypt's history under one roof then visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, located in the downtown area, with more than 100,000 artefacts including royal mummies of some of the most powerful figures in Egyptian history.
Some of the lesser-known sights that you might wish to take in include the Western Desert Oases, with many hot springs to discover, the Birqash Camel Market where hundreds of camels are swapped daily, and Dahsur with its 4th and 12th century pyramids.
The restaurants throughout Cairo are expanding in numbers, but you should head to the most affluent areas to make the most of eating out.
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