Lying on the east bank of the Nile near its delta, Cairo sits as the epicenter of Egypt's cultural and political life. Cairo, the largest city in the Arab world and in Africa, has attracted travelers with its beautiful sights and cultural richness since the time of the Mamluks over ten centuries ago. With its close proximity to the ancient Egyptian cities of Memphis, Giza, and Fustat, Cairo is within easy traveling distance to nearly every culturally significant monument of Ancient Egypt including the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza. Within the city limits of Cairo itself you'll find the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Old Cairo which contains many remnants of the city's medieval history, Cairo Tower, and the Cairo Opera House. With all it has to offer travelers, tourism remains one of the most important sectors of Egypt's economy, and cheap flights to Cairo are literally just a few clicks away.
With its close proximity to the Nile Valley, many tourists use Cairo as a resting point between their travels throughout the various sights and monuments of Ancient Egypt. Along with the Pyramids and Great Sphinx at Giza, these sights include the Abu Simbel temples of Aswan along with the Karnak Temple Complex as well as the Valley of the Kings.
Cairo is referred to by many as the City of a Thousand Minarets, and with a nickname like that it certainly doesn't disappoint. Islamic architecture can be seen literally everywhere you look in the city, from the Al Qahira Fatimia Mosques, to Al-Azhar University, and of course the numerous minarets that can be seen all around the city.
Cairo is also well renowned for its shopping and nightlife activities. The Turkish bazaar and shopping district known as Khan el-Khalili remains largely unchanged since the 14th century and offers shoppers a variety of bounties from spices, perfumes, jewelry, ceramics, and much more. The city also boasts a wide variety of modern air-conditioned shopping centers, as well as many bars and dance clubs.
In between all of the sights and sounds, you'll also fall in love with the sweetness of the city. From the coziness of its small cafes to the pleasure of strolling down its narrow streets, Cairo offers everything you need to stay refreshed throughout your stay. Within just a few moments you can reserve a cheap ticket to Cairo and enjoy all it has to offer.