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Straddling the Nile River and boasting a population of over seventeen million, Cairo is the largest metropolitan center in both Africa and the Middle East. As capital of one of the greatest civilizations in history, Cairo showcases the highlights of Egyptian culture dating back over 4,500 years. The only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World still mostly intact is the Great Pyramid of Giza, whose popularity equals that of its neighbor, the Sphinx. The pharaohs' eternal resting place is within Cairo itself, and sees millions of visitors a year. Take a day to visit the Egyptian Museum and its countless artifacts dating back thousands of years. Cairo is known as the city of a thousand minarets, and religious centers such as the ... Read more
Al-Hakim Mosque give tourists valuable insight into Islamic history and culture. For those wishing to experience Cairo in a more recent setting, spend some time in Cairo’s Midan Tahrir district nestled directly in Cairo’s modern city center. Hotels here offer travelers easy access to the entire city.
Temperatures are fantastic during Cairo’s winter, with daytime highs in the 60s and 70s (16°-26°C), which is great, because you will most likely spend a lot of time standing around outside with hordes of other tourists waiting in line to visit the city’s many attractions. Although the crowds subside and prices drop during the summer, the weather, with highs reaching 96°F (36°C), is not a good tradeoff for many. Spring and fall are great shoulder seasons that come with some reasonable hotel prices and fewer people to show up in the background of your Giza pictures.
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Dahab

The city that never sleeps, great food from half dollar meal to hundred dollar, crowded, noisy but same time it's unique and got its own flavor

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Puebla, Mexico

Cairo is a city filled with lots of history! Not only is it very inexpensive, Cairo is one of those cities you get a bang for your buck and then some. Must visit!

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Stuttgart, Germany

buisy capital of egypt, realy a lot too see, you can spend some days without getting bored, lots of great restaurants and bars

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New YORK!

Mother of the World--that kind of says it all. Cairo is smoggy, traffic-jammed and loud, and you can't walk a step downtown without some dude trying to sell you papyrus. But once you push through all that, it's one of the world's best cities to just wallow in and go with the flow. Everyone's interested in you and interesting, and you can walk from "modern" downtown to fabulous medieval zones in just 45 minutes. Don't try to do too much, and you'll be much happier. So long as Cairo doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger...

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Fremantle, Australia

Despite its chaos, I love Cairo. What an amazing city! The juxtaposition of ancient monuments and modern culture is mind-blowing and exhilarating. Provided you are prepared for the noise, the traffic, and tourist touts, Cairo can be a magical place to visit. I especially loved the Khan El Khalili market followed by window-shopping the modern malls. The Egyptian Antiquities museum wasn't as well laid-out as I would have liked, but still worth seeing.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Dirty and hectic but absolutely full of charm. Cairo is a melting pot for Egypt and for the Middle East. Conservative and liberal. Islamic and Christian. Ancient and modern. The food here is exceptional and there is incredible atmosphere everywhere you turn.

The touts and pollution might convince some to knock Cairo back a few stars but they are all part of the experience and you will definitely have an experience here -- just keep your seatbelt buckled.

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Brooklyn, New York State, USA

Nothing can compare to the feeling of sitting on one of the seven wonders of the world-- a MUST SEE for travel lovers of the world!

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New York City, New York State, USA

Cairo has the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx and some other interesting things to see, but it's not very safe even if you know what you are doing. Travel in groups and be careful.

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Being there looooooong time ago, 30+ years, fascinating, so nearby my country, italy, but so far in habits.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

The largest city on the African continent, and Egypt's capital, you will most likely find yourself in Cairo at some point during your travels in Egypt. Cairo is a bustling city, and it's Islamic quarter is fascinating. Also home to the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids at Giza.

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Aliases: Kairo, Gouvernement Al-Qahira