Cairo travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cairo

With its ancient monuments, medieval city, and modern skyscrapers, Cairo's timeline spans almost all of human history, and makes for one of the most exciting cities in the world.

With 17 million inhabitants, it is one of the most populous cities in the world and its position on the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, and Africa has contributed to a diverse and thriving culture.

You may come for the fabulous Pyramids at Giza, the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but Cairo has even more to offer. You will be charmed by Midan Tahrir, known as the "Paris on the Nile", and fascinated by Old Cairo, home to Egypt's Coptic Christian community.

To soak up the atmosphere, try one of the traditional coffee houses or indulge in the famous local Sheesha water pipes. In summer, refresh yourself with a delicious drink from one of the countless fresh fruit juice stalls.

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When to Visit Cairo

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The most popular time to visit Cairo is during the winter months, from November to March. During this time, the temperatures in the city are more moderate, ranging from 45 degrees Fahrenheit at night to 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. The spring months of March to May are a little warmer but are still pleasant for a visit. Fall temperatures are also reasonable but this is when the city's air pollution issues are worst. Summer temperatures can be searing but this is recognized by some discounted deals on hotels and resorts.

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How to Get to Cairo

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Where to Stay in Cairo

Midan Tahrir is at the heart of the modern city center of Cairo and is the district with most of the big hotels, making it a good choice for luxury accommodation. Midan Ramses is a central location by the airport, with a growing number of hotels, and the Downtown area is an alternative budget location. The Pyramids View Inn provides good-value accommodation overlooking the Pyramids at Giza and the InterContinental Citystars Cairo offers comfort in a central location.

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How to Get Around Cairo

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Shopping Streets

The bazaar at Khan el-Khalili is the city's major souq and is quite an experience if you are confident of your haggling skills. Specialties include glassware and all sorts of crafts. Zamalek is a good district for high-end shopping and here you will find the Fair Trade Egypt store, selling local crafts.

Groceries and Other

You can buy groceries at any number of street stalls. If you prefer a more western approach to shopping, the City Stars mall is Cairo's largest retail complex, and it has a Spinney's supermarket. A quart of milk will cost around E£44 with two pounds of apples costing around E£18.5.

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Where to Eat in Cairo

Cairo has a vast range of restaurants, from traditional Egyptian and Middle Eastern, to Asian and Western cuisine. The Downtown area is a good choice for budget eating and Egyptian street food, while Mohandiseen and Zamalek have a selection of more upscale eateries. Expect to pay under E£50 for a budget meal and up to E£300 in an upmarket restaurant. Koshary El Tahrir is a good budget chain for Egyptian food and Abou Shakra offers high quality Egyptian dining.