I absolutely loved going to Egypt last year, the food, the people, the sights, all absolutely magical. Each time I visit a new country I am always surprised by something and in Egypt, that surprise came during my time in Cairo. I was aware of the show stopping attractions which you can find in Cairo, this was part of the reason for my trip in the first place, but there were also some other sights which I had no idea about, and they really blew me away.
If you have a trip to Cairo coming up, here are my top 5 sights which I think that you should go and see.
Pyramids of Giza
A list like this wouldn’t be complete without including the main attraction in Egypt, the Great Pyramid of Giza and the surrounding pyramid complex. This is the only Ancient Wonder of the World which still exists and it really doesn’t disappoint. The way in which these pyramids were constructed, so many years ago, and the fact that they are still standing is simply breathtaking. Make sure that you get a guide so that you get the best access, and the best information.
See The Sphinx
On the Giza plateau you will find another of the nation’s proudest attraction and that is the huge limestone caring of the sphinx. The sphinx can be seen in the same trip as when you go to see the Great Pyramids and much like those pyramids, you will be left scratching your head at how they could create such a masterpiece with such limited tools.
Muhammad Ali Mosque
At the summit of the citadel in Cairo you will find one of the most stunning mosques in Egypt, the Mohammad Ali mosque. In case you are thinking of the boxer, Mohammad Ali was actually the founder of Egypt and his white marble tomb can be found in the city. This building is extremely ornate and drenched in culture and history. If you only visit one mosque in Egypt, make sure that it is this magnificent building in Cairo.
Khan El-Khalili Market
Whenever I am in a north African or Middle Eastern country, I love to go to the markets for the vibe and the razzmatazz. This market in Cairo is probably the bets that I have ever been to and it is a souk which has been here since 1382, making it one of the worlds’s oldest. There is nothing that you can think of which you won’t be able to find here and if you aren’t in the mood for shopping, the market offers an experience like no other.
Perched on top of the Muqattam Hill in the heart of the city, the Citadel has been here since the early 12th Century and it was the home of the Egyptian government for over 700 years. Within the Citadel you will find an array of mosques, including the aforementioned Mohammad Ali mosque, and you can also learn a great deal about the history of the city and the country.
What are you most looking forward to about Cairo? Let us know in the comments below.