Are you feeling anxious to visit Cairo, Egypt? Then it’s imperative to have some kind of a rough plan in mind, so the memories you make from the trip will remain with you for the rest of your life. But what are the most popular local points of interest, you might ask? To answer your question, we’ve prepared a comprehensive list of the top 5 tourist attractions in Cairo:
- Pyramids of Giza
No trip to Cairo can ever live up to its full potential without seeing what the pyramids look like from up close. Officially titled as one of the Seven Wonders of the world, the Pyramids of Giza have proudly stood their ground for well over 4,500 years. After checking out the three primary pyramids you’re going to find there, the Great Sphinx is the next likely destination. If you’re feeling super adventurous, you can also enter them and explore them from the inside. Cast your fears aside; they’re safe for tourists, and you won’t have to worry about encountering any deadly traps while in there!
- Egyptian Museum
If ancient artifacts like jewelry, sarcophagi, and pottery tickle your fancy, the Egyptian Museum is without a doubt the place to visit. In fact, it contains well over 100,000 Egyptian artifacts, and it would take ages to explore it all. You can either wander aimlessly and leave your experience to pure chance, or visit one of the exhibitions (suitable for those who prefer to have a bit more structured visit).
- Cairo Festival City Mall
This place is much more than just an ordinary shopping mall. Extending well over 150,000 square miles, it’s the home of famous shops and brands like Zara, Ikea, Carrefour, etc. All of this pretty much guarantees you’re not going to run out of things to do, whether you’re shopping for clothes, furniture, accessories, clothing, jewelry, or anything else that piques your interest. Cairo Festival City Mall also has plenty of restaurants to enjoy and an amphitheater to satisfy your thirst for culture and art. After you’re done shopping, why not visit the JW Marriott Hotel Cairo that’s no more than 3.4 miles away? That way, you can rest up and continue your journey when you’re feeling well-rested and re-energized.
- Al-Azhar Mosque
This is one of the city’s earliest surviving mosques. Constructed in AD 972, it’s one of the oldest universities still around. At the same time, it’s a theological center of the Islamic religion. This is a holy place, so to respect the tradition, you’re going to be asked to leave your shoes outside. Inside, you will find an impressive prayer hall spanning 3,000 square meters in diameter. This ancient building is well known to taxi drivers who won’t have any trouble finding it.
- Salah El-Din Citadel
Originating from the late 1100s, this magnificent historic fortress houses several ancient artifacts. Even from the outside, it’s a glorious sight to behold. You can go completely freestyle, or take a tour of the place. Should you get hungry, you can also treat yourself to a snack without having to leave the area.
Of course, there are other great things to see in Cairo, but the ones we’ve mentioned are definitely a must-see. Do you already have your travel itinerary planned out?