Be Captivated by Cairo
One of the biggest cities in the Middle East, Cairo is a bustling, lively metropolis great for exploring Egyptian history and culture. From museums to stunning architecture and of course, the pyramids you will be spoiled for choice when it comes for things to do and places to visit.
Cairo - When to Go
If you're not good with hot weather then you may wish to visit between November and March as May to September can be very hot in Cairo. Eid al-Adha, is an Islamic festival held on different dates so if you're looking for some colour and celebrations then it would be a nice idea to visit then. There's also Eid as-Ftir which celebrates the end of Ramadan and in November there is the Cairo International Film Festival which holds many different events regarding film.
Before you go to wonderful Cairo, there's a few things you need to remember. You will usually require a visa if you have a British passport, to gain more information you can contact the Egyptian consulate. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the start date of your holiday in Cairo. See your GP or a medical clinic and get the recommended vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhus, tetanus and diphtheria. Whilst it is lovely to bring home souvenirs please do remember that it is forbidden to take home or export antiques, and protected species of plants and animals.
Tap water in the city is not suitable for drinking so make sure that you have plenty of bottled water and you are advised to peel or cook fruits and vegetables before you eat them. The cost of living in Cairo is different to the UK, restaurant and street food is much cheaper with restaurants charging from 20 EGP and street vendors under 10 EGP. Local produce is also cheap, especially from markets. Alcohol, imported food, textiles and electricals are all more expensive than the UK. Bartering or haggling at souks (open-air markets) is a must and can get you some good deals.
Local Cairo Info
From the airport you can get the 356 bus to Tahrir Square, then the 381 to the main station (Rameses) for around 2 EGP, there are also ferries. Taxi prices are cheaper than the UK with a fixed price of around 5 EGP for 3km then 1.5 EGP for each km after that, however drivers try and charge tourists more so be prepared to haggle!