Modern tourists choose a holiday today in Cairo with a visit its ancient sites, rather than inserted into the confusing city that is Cairo today. The complex of the pyramids of Giza attractions and museums are more than enough to come up here. But it will go by bus to the chaotic streets of the city to go from the hotel to the pyramids. But well worth it.
Cairo is a very warm during the summer months, especially between May and October, so do not recommend this era. The best months to travel to Cairo is between November and April, when temperatures are bearable. The largest city in Africa, with almost 18 million inhabitants, is both chaotic and wonderful sounds and smells for all the senses. It is quiet, bustling, modern and ancient.
How to get there?
The best way is through the Cairo International Airport, located 22 kilometers from the city. To arrive at Cairo there are taxis at the exit of the terminals, and are colored black and white. The journey takes about 45 minutes, and the price may be in the $ 5. Buses will shuttle from the airport to the city and to the complex of pyramids. Public buses depart notably from Terminal 1.
Transport in Cairo:
As quickly and efficiently moves through the Cairo metro, which is also cheaper than doing nothing. The route connects Helwan in the south of the city to Heliopolis in the north, with several stops in Shubra, and tied Abdin. There is also a subway line between Giza and Shubra. Trains run from 05.30 am until midnight. The streets have many taxis, and taxis to the hotels typically cost double that if the paramilitaries on the streets.
Visit to Cairo:
To begin with we will go to Khan al-Khalili, one of the largest bazaars in the world. Cairo is located at Islamic Heritage and the best place to enjoy the colors of the city. Traders populate these alleys since the fourteenth century, and it is possible to buy anything from exotic perfume bottles to clothing and crafts. At the north corner of the bazaar is the Mosque of al-Hussein Sayyidna, one of the holiest Islamic sites in Egypt.
Our tour now stops at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, with more than 100,000 objects in its 107 rooms. Traverse whole provides at least a couple of days. Inside are treasures from ancient Egypt, including the ornaments taken from the royal tombs, and one of the masterpieces of the museum, the statue of Kefrén. The most popular attraction is the gallery Tutankhamon, exhibiting treasures from his tomb, including the famous solid gold death mask.
One of the most visited places is the Hall of Mummies. The Museum is open daily from 09.00 to 18.00, and is specifically in Tahrir Square.
Hence we will finally know and pyramids, such as that of Cheops. Most of them were built as royal tombs in the burial of kings and nobles of ancient Egypt. The biggest and largest is the Great Pyramid, built in 20 years, and is made of two million blocks of limestone. Nobody knows how these blocks could be moved here.
The Sphinx is in front of the Great Pyramid and is thought to be older than the pyramids themselves. This complex of Giza is 18 kilometers from downtown Cairo. To get there you can take bus number 8 from Midan Tahrir. Complex opens daily at 07.30 and the entrance to the pyramids is from 08.00 to 16.00 hours.
Old Cairo, also known as Coptic Cairo, is the oldest part of town, and eventually was called the Roman fortress of Babylon. There are now some of those walls. We are at the heart of the ancient Coptic community; you can visit five churches, with the first mosque built in Egypt and the oldest synagogue.
It is a quiet place to stroll, away from the bustling streets and bazaars. I strongly recommend to the Church of Al-Muallaqa, the place of Christianity’s oldest city, and the Church of St. Sergius where the Holy Family took refuge in his flight to Egypt.
Finally we come to the Citadel of Saladin, a massive stone fortress, from which we get beautiful views of Cairo. It was built by Saladin in the twelfth century. There are two other mosques in the Citadel, the Al-Nasir Muhammad, XIII and XIV century and the sixteenth of Suleyman Pasha.