8 Great Reasons to Visit Cairo, Egypt

Reasons to Visit Cairo
Aerial view of Nile River and cruise boats with Cairo City backdrop | © Christopher Rose/Flickr

Africa is full of wonderful and exciting cities to visit, and Cairo is one that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. As the second largest cities in Africa and one of the best known in the world, the Egypt’s capital doesn’t have to try too hard to entice you to visit. Need even more inspiration of things to do in Cairo? It has everything within easy reach, from galleries and museums to the outstanding Mediterranean cuisine, historic sights and an incredible outdoors and festivals. Today is the perfect day to plan your next holiday in Cairo, here are a few more reasons why everyone should visit Egypt’s capital at least once in their lives.

One of a kind City

Cheerful and calm, Cairo is a capital like no other – a vibrant cultural metropolis that represent one of the best preserved natural and semi-natural areas of the Mediterranean and in the Middle East. The Egypt’s capital has a lot going on with events, exhibitions, souks and bazaars, there are things to do practically around the clock. A peaceful and relaxing destination where visitors can revel in nature or historic spots, reconnect with ourselves but also with others, sharing the pleasure to be here, to feel alive. Whenever you think of Cairo, imagine a timeless place.

Cairo festivals

Cairo International Film Festival
Cairo International Film Festival red carpet

As one the largest metropolitan areas is in Africa, the wave of festivals along the Mediterranean coast is a seasonal phenomenon. Coastline locations and nearby seaside escapes with pristine beaches, the settings are second to none. Throw in a few cruise parties, too, and you’re living your best life. If you’re looking for a unique festival experience, then look no further than Cairo Jazz Festival. The festival gathers local and international jazz bands. It is the perfect spot to breathe the crisp clear air Mediterranean air while listening to sax melodies. Book a Cairo trip in late November for a chance to catch the largest summer film festival in Egypt and in the Middle East: the Cairo International Film FestivalIt is one of the longest-running cultural and best events in the Arab world.

Historic treasures

Coptic Museum Cairo
Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt | © Aidan McRae Thomson/Flickr

The largest metropolis in the Arab world is a jewel set between the culture and the sea, waiting to be discovered by all who that love majestic historical heritage, luxuriant nature and cosmopolitan cultural offer. The historic centres of Cairo contains such a wealth of masterpieces that it is difficult not fall in love with this city when the history is as unique as Cairo’s. Churches, Coptic Museum, and Manial Palace, provide further attractions of historic interest.

Romantic destination

Want to celebrate your honeymoon, a wedding anniversary or please your sweetheart? Cairo, is one of Africa’s romantic destinations. It’s a phenomenon particularly prevalent in the Nile River banks, where geography and nature combine to create perfect cruises day after day. Cinematic outdoors and eternal charm, Cairo attracts lovebirds from all over the world all year round. The Egypt’s capital promises evenings for two and unforgettable moments to cherish forever.

To see amazing nature

Great Pyramids of Giza
Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, kissing in front of the pyramids of Giza | © Alicia Keys

The charms of Cairo make for an amazing destination to mark the beginning of exploring the exotic. One of the main reasons to come to Cairo, Egypt, is to see its nature. Apart from the bustling metropolis, first-time visitors will love its picturesque landscapes and outdoor activities. You will definitely be amazed by the Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great SphinxThe cruises and sunsets at the Nile will impress you with an unprecedented purity of nature.

Cruise the Nile River

Reasons to Visit Cairo
Aerial view of Nile River and cruise boats with Cairo City backdrop | © Christopher Rose/Flickr

Searching for that perfect honeymoon activity in Cairo, but have no idea where to start? Look no further – the natural charms of Nile River make for an amazing destination to mark the beginning of married life together. No trip to Cairo is complete without a boat trip or cruise on the mighty Nile, a natural gem waiting to be discovered. Whether you choose to stay on the relaxing river banks, floating restaurants or nightclubs and cruise boats, sailing down the Nile River is the perfect destination for a tranquil escape.

The world’s best burger

Lucille's Restaurant Cairo
Image courtesy of Lucille’s Restaurant

Who doesn’t love the Mediterranean cuisine? The Egyptian culture is devoted to fresh food, healthy living, and quality time with loved ones. Lucille’s is a must-visit burger and breakfast restaurant in the heart of Egypt’s sprawling capital, to indulge its famed succulent beef burgers and first-rate quality menu. According to TIME magazine, Lucille’s in Cairo, is the best spot to find the tastiest burger in the world. The restaurant stays true to what they’re all about and you’ll be able to order dishes made out of fresh and local ingredients. From Egyptian to Mexican and American dishes, they serve up diverse cuisines to meet your needs.

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Unique architectures

Al-Azhar Mosque Cairo
Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt | © Svetlana Koshchy/Flickr

Cairo is covered in a mix of baroque and neoclassical architectures, including cathedrals, mosques and palaces. The city’s skyline is a combination of old and new, with beautiful modern buildings constructed near renovated historical landmarks and ruins. A must-visit tourist spot is one of Cairo’s most prominent mosques and landmarks, the Mosque of Al-Azhar Mosque. The mosque is the second oldest continuously run university in the world after Al Karaouine in Fez, Morocco.

Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo Governorate, Egypt 

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