City Guide Cairo, Egypt

Visiting Cairo

Even though when most people think of Cairo they think of ancient civilizations and pyramids, much of Cairo is actually quite modern with wide streets. The River Nile runs through the Egyptian capital, the biggest city in the Middle East and Africa. The city also has two islands in the middle of the river. Altogether, Cairo has a population of 6.8 million approximately, with many people moving up from rural villages along the Nile.

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Cairo City Reviews

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    Cairo in 2 days

    Day tour pyramids (Giza, Saqqara, Dashur) Egyptian Museun with a Egptilogist Old Cairo (Coptic and Islâmic Districts) Medieval Citadel

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    Huge chaotic city

    In Cairo, I recommend visiting the Egyptian Museum, going up the Cairo Tower, exploring the Coptic and Islamic Cairo neighbourhoods, and doing a day trip to Giza Pyramids, Dursah, Saqqara, and Memphis.

    Insider Tip:A huge chaotic city is not for me. The three days in the city were enough for me. As tourist, lots of locals want to talk to you and sell you things or do a favour for them. It can get tiring.

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    Crazy Cairo

    Cairo is intense, but a must have experience in Egypt. Spend a few days here to get a feel for the city and see the pyramids. It's an affordable place with incredible people and great food!

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    Crazy Cairo

    Cairo is an incredible place, but it's definitely an overwhelming experience! Plan a few days here and then move on to see the rest of Egypt.

    Insider Tip:Don't be afraid to be assertive! Just say no and walk away.

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    Cairo for single women travellers

    As a female traveller in Egypt I got a lot of attention ('Hello, where are you from? You alone? Do you have a boyfriend? So pretty!' etc). However I never felt unsafe. Tourism in Egypt has dropped since 2011 so people here are just anxious for business and sometimes get pushy. Bargain! It is easy to get ripped off if you do not bargain, often the first price is not the final price. Be aware of what a taxi fare or product is actually worth, but expect to pay a little more than a local would.

    Insider Tip:Eat the local food! Egypt has plenty of tasty, cheap local food options. It is a great way to meet locals and to get an insight into their lives. Obviously you have to be aware of local hygiene standards (eg. sometimes salad will be washed with tap water instead of bottled water) but most of the time if they have an English menu, it will be safe enough. I tried pigeon (which was OK) and camel (yummy!)

Egypt: Itinerary

Cairo is an interesting muddle of ancient houses and soaring modern buildings which blend to form an unusual skyline. Split into east and west sides by the River Nile which runs through the city centre, there is more to this Egyptian city than pharaohs and pyramids.

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