5 best places in Cairo
Cairo is the ancient, historical capital of Egypt. The first stop for most visitors during a trip to Egypt. There are many pyramids in Egypt that are the best discovered from the outskirts of Cairo. Cairo is definitely worth a visit, as it is home to the world-famous Egyptian Museum and one of the world’s oldest markets, Khan el-Khalili.
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The Giza Pyramid Complex is situated on the outskirts of Cairo. The Great Pyramid is the only wonder of the ancient world that has survived to the present day. The Great Sphinx of Giza depicts a mythical creature with a human head and a lion’s body that protects the pyramids.
You can visit the Giza pyramids on your own or on a group tour. In addition to the three great pyramids, the entire pyramidal field includes their funerary temples, smaller pyramids. Exploring the Giza pyramids can take several hours.
The easiest way to get around Giza and Cairo is to use Uber.
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Entrance fee to the Giza pyramid field 200 EGP, to the Kheops pyramid 400 EGP, and the pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure 100 EGP. Only one of the smaller ones is open at a time, with a sign at the entrance indicating which one is closed on that day.
Opening hours are every day from 8 AM until 4 PM. Arrive early and avoid the crowds. In the evening, there is always a sound and light show at the pyramids. If you want to see the show, buy your ticket earlier.
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Souvenirs are worth buying at the Khan el-Khalili market, as there are many more to choose from, and they are cheaper.
2. Saqqara & Dashur
After the Pyramids of Giza, our absolute favorite was the stepped pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser in Saqqara. The architect of the Pyramid of Saqqara was Imhotep, who possessed an astonishing amount of knowledge and extensive literacy. Many of the structures and inventions were associated with his name.
Nearby are the Red and Bent pyramids. The building of these pyramids was essential to the later creation of the perfect pyramid shape. The result speaks for itself.
Entrance fee: 60 EGP for Dahshur, 180 EGP for Saqqara.
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There are 138 pyramids in Egypt, which may look different from the usual cone shape.
3. Egyptian Museum
One of the most amazing places in Cairo is the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, better known as the Egyptian Museum. It has the world’s richest collection of Egyptology. In the museum, you can discover and learn everything about their history and culture.
It is recommended to spend 2-3 hours and visit the museum in the afternoon because then there will be fewer visitors. The museum is only open to visitors with a passport.
The entrance fee is 200 EGP.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is the country’s newest attraction and will open to visitors in 2021.
Taking pictures with your phone is free, but you need to buy a separate ticket to use a camera.
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4. Khan el-Khalili
Khan el-Khalili is one of the oldest markets in the world and the most famous bazaar in Egypt. You can buy it much cheaper in the market as if you were buying souvenirs right at the tourist places. Bargaining is compulsory! Vendors say the price is higher than the real value.
The most important rule is don’t stay at the first one, as each vendor has the same souvenirs. Enjoy a walk among the many vendors, then go into one of the restaurants and try one of the local specialties.
5. Ibn Tulun Mosque
Entry to the Ibn Tulun mosque is free, just leave your shoes at the entrance. The dress code here is not as strict as in Thailand, but it is recommended that you dress conservatively.
Don’t miss these attractions when visiting Cairo, including the Mohammed Ali Mosque and the Sultan Hassan Mosque.