As Africa’s second largest city, and home to over 16 million people, Cairo is a feast for the senses and will keep you engaged for weeks. Bustling markets, countless museums, noisy traffic and the warmest of welcomes all make Cairo a truly remarkable experience.
It is home to a thriving business and commercial district, but the ancient history that the country is so famous for can be seen just on the horizon, as the setting sun catches the tops of the pyramids at nearby Giza.
Cairo’s central streets are packed with street vendors and diners, businessmen and artists, antiques and artefacts shops and salesmen offering you bargains and mint tea. There’s never a dull moment. But when you want to take a break and get away from the bustle you can gaze in awe at the Pyramids of Giza or glide down the Nile in a felucca boat. As the cradle of Islamic civilisation, Cairo is steeped in history, and it's no surprise that the old quarter has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.