Places in Cairo & Around
Technically all of Cairo on the west bank of the Nile is Giza, though the name is inextricably linked with the Pyramids, 9km from the river, on the edge of the desert. Truly mercenary sightseers could conceivably stay out here and bypass Cairo entirely, but that’s missing a lot of the fun. More realistically, you’ll probably come out here on a day outing.
This suburb shows a different, more relaxed side of the city. Coupled with a ride on the creaky old ‘slow metro’ (tram), the pretty district is a nice antidote to central Cairo’s tourist pressure. With all its trees and outdoor cafes, it’s a pleasant place for an evening’s wander.
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Is now a good time to visit Cairo?
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A perfect day in Cairo
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Travel with children: the night train to Luxor
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