The city of Cairo has ancient origin and is built around the ancient city of Memphis dating to the time of the Pharaohs. The present city started emerging from 641 AD and since then has developed into one of the largest cities in the world. The best time to visit Cairo is from November to March when the weather is cool and pleasant. Cairo has an excellent transportation system including a good metro and bus network.
The Pyramids of Giza are the highlight of not only the city but also the country. In the district of Islamic Cairo the Citadel and Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha, the IbnTulun Mosque and the Al Azhar Mosque are the best places to visit. In Downtown Cairo around the Midan El-Tahrir are also various attractions including the Egyptian Museum, which is a must-visit and the Abdeen Palace. Cairo also features a number of parks and a few theme parks like the Magic Land and Dream Park.
When it comes to shopping there is a lot of exploring, bargaining and excitement involved. The Khan El-Khalil bazaar is one of the main shopping destinations in Cairo, it is a huge souk located in Islamic Cairo. The area of Zalmek and the streets around MidanTalaatHarb also have a large number of shops selling different things.
Cairo is served by the Cairo International Airport. Taxis are available from the airport to any part of the city. However it is advised that visitors insist the taxi drivers on using the meter. The basic fare is 2.50 LE with additional 1.25 LE for every kilometre. Other ways of travelling from the airport to the city are by limousine, micro-buses or London taxis.
Almost all the restaurants in Cairo serve halal food. Some of the best restaurants to eat in Cairo include Al Bustan Grill Restaurant, Osmanly Restaurant, Naguib Mahfouz CafÃ©, Abou el-Sid, Khan El Khalili Restaurant, Al Refaaee, etc. It is advised that visitors should ask the restaurant staff before dining.
Cairo has numerous mosques and locating one is never an issue. Some of the mosques in Cairo include the Al Azhar Mosque, Al-Hakim Mosque, Al-Rifa'i Mosque, Masjid Al SayedaSafeya, etc. There are several historic mosques all around Cairo that date to different eras and dynasties.