Short breaks in Cairo
The Arab Spring thrust Cairo, the capital of Egypt, into the world's spotlight. As the political situation settles down, we take a fresh look at this dynamic city.
Please be aware that at the time of writing, Egypt is experiencing sporadic protests. Travellers should check the government's travel advisory page for safety updates (fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/egypt).
Cairo is one of the largest cities in North Africa and the Middle East, with a population of 16 million. It's known to its residents as Um ad-Dunya (Mother of the World), but as well as an incredible history there's a thoroughly modern side to Cairo too.
Cairo's must-see sights
- The Egyptian Museum is one of the world's great museums. As you might expect, it has a massive collection of Egyptian antiquities. Highlights include objects from the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the Royal Mummy Hall, which holds the mummies of eleven kings and queens.
- Old Cairo has an atmosphere all of its own. It's home to Cairo's Coptic Christian community and houses some beautiful churches including the Church and Monastery of St George, the Hanging Church and the Churches of St Sergius and St Barbara. The Coptic Museum is worth a visit too.
- The Giza Pyramids have been absorbed into the sprawling metropolis of Cairo, although Giza is a city in its own right. The three main Pyramids of Giza and the resting places of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.
- Midan Tahrir, more commonly known as Tahrir Square, is the epicentre of Cairo. The area has strived to be a "Paris on the Nile" and is a vibrant cultural district.
Top hotels in Cairo
- Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo, from £125 per night
- Fairmont Cairo, Nile City, from £110 per night
- Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, from £165 per night
- Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah, from £95 per night
- Hotel Longchamps, from £48 per night
- InterContinental Citystars Cairo, from £112 per night