Cairo Travel Guide

by our Egypt expert Terry Emery
Terry EmeryEgypt has had a number of capital cities including ancient Thebes and Memphis, the Alexandria of Alexander the Great and Cleopatra, and on to the relatively ‘modern’ Cairo of today. One of the most densely populated regions of the world, with some 17 million inhabitants, ‘Greater Cairo’ links four cities, one of which is Cairo proper. The consequent hubbub, bustle, crowds, raucous streets, rowdy vendors and traffic turmoil can be a shock when first encountered, but for many it quickly becomes an addictive adrenaline lift. The country’s administrative and economic centre, its history makes it a cultural centre too, with outstanding museums for both Islamic and Pharaonic traditions, mosques and temples, as well as classical ‘western’ culture - the Cairo Opera House gives world renowned performances (it includes an outdoor arena - Aida under the stars anyone?). Cairo has the Giza pyramids and Great Sphinx on its doorstep, and is also the starting point for flights and river cruises to world heritage ancient centres such as Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, Aswan and Abu Simbel.

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National Flag: Egyptian Flag
Language(s): Arabic
Currency: Egyptian pound
Dialling Code: +20
Time Zone: GMT + 2
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