Best things to do in Cairo

21 August 2019

Perched high on the banks of the River Nile sits a city that has been drawing visitors for thousands of years with its exotic magnetism. Romantically known as the City of a Thousand Minarets, the Egyptian capital of Cairo is a place of extremes, packed with ancient landmarks, honking car horns, intricate mosques, and sparkling modern skyscrapers.   

As one of Air Malta’s latest scheduled destinations, Cairo to this day remains a fascinating destination with so much to see and do. Many visitors are surprised to discover Cairo has two distinct sides, a metropolitan facet with high-end hotels and plush shopping malls, and the narrow maze-like streets of the UNESCO-listed old quarter, Misr al Qadimah. 
 
There’s no shortage of monuments and historical spots to explore, allow us to tell you a little more about what to catch during your holidays in Cairo. 

Al-Azhar Mosque

Al-Azhar Mosque Cairo

Commissioned by a Fatimid caliph in 970 AD, Al-Azhar Mosque was the first of Cairo’s many mosques. Today, it is renowned as a place of Muslim worship and learning and is also home to the world-famous Al-Azhar University. 


You can absorb the stunning architecture of the Mosque’s white marble courtyard and its prayer hall. Many aspects of the current structure were added across the centuries, providing an aesthetic timeline of Islamic architecture through the ages. The mosque is open to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. If you plan to visit the mosques of Cairo, remember to dress conservatively.
 

Misr al Qadimah

Khan el Khalili Cairo

Aside from being incredibly picturesque, this area is home to Cairo’s bustling street markets. Haggle your way through the souks (street markets) and look out for the largest one, Khan el Khalili. There’s a wide variety of goods on offer here, who knows what you may find yourself bartering for. Carpets and textiles or jewellery and spices? Khan el Khalili is undoubtedly the place to stock up on souvenirs. 

 

Egyptian Museum

King Tutankhamen

Designed by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon, the museum is located in a Neo-Classical building at Tahrir Square. Its artefacts exceed 120,000 masterpieces, ranging from the pre-dynastic era to the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods. Don’t miss highlights such as the collection of rare treasures of the famous King Tutankhamen, and if you are feeling brave, go ahead and enter The Mummies Room!

Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx Cairo

No trip to Cairo is complete without a visit to the Pyramids. As the Great Pyramid is the oldest and only remaining wonder of the Ancient World, allow yourself to be bowled over by its incredible scale and allure. The Sphinx is located very close by, why not book an organised day tour?

For the thrill-seekers!

quad bike in desert Cairo

Cairo is just a short hop from the desert, where one can genuinely embrace adventures from dune hopping, desert safaris or quad biking across the dunes. There’s plenty of action to be had in the desert! For the early risers, why not take in an incredible sunrise in a hot air balloon?

 
There’s also the car-free Citadel, the Hanging Church and so many other points of interest waiting for you to explore them. Getting there has never been easier thanks to Air Malta’s new direct flights. So, what are you waiting for? Book your flights to Cairo today and experience the Egyptian capital in all its glory!

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