Gabalaya Park & Aquarium


The pleasant Gabalaya Park & Aquarium has landscaped gardens with aquariums set in rocks (though not many actual fish). It’s a great central spot to escape the crowds.

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1. Gezira Arts Centre

0.26 MILES

The several galleries here host rotating contemporary exhibitions, but it was closed for restoration when we were last in town.

2. Museum of Islamic Ceramics

0.26 MILES

This museum has been closed for renovation for the past few years. When it reopens, it’s worth a peek for its collection of colourful plates, tiles and…

3. Cairo Marriott Hotel

0.33 MILES

The core of this luxury hotel is a lavish palace built by Khedive Ismail to house Empress Éugenie when she visited for the opening of the Suez Canal in…

4. Aisha Fahmy Palace

0.38 MILES

Shuttered for years, the Aisha Fahmy Palace was built in 1907 for Egyptian aristocrat Ali Fahmy, who was King Farouk's army chief. Reopened as an arts…

5. Cairo Tower


This 187m-high tower is the city’s most famous landmark after the Pyramids. Built in 1961, the structure, which resembles a stylised lotus plant with its…

6. Andalus Garden

0.96 MILES

One of several formal gardens in the Gezira area that are popular strolling spots for couples in the evening. This one’s small, but adjacent to the Nile,…

7. Museum of Modern Egyptian Art

0.98 MILES

This vast collection of 20th- and 21st-century Egyptian art is set in the green, well-groomed Gezira Exhibition Grounds, across from the Cairo Opera House…

8. Garden of Freedom & Friendship

1.06 MILES

Across Midan Saad Zaghloul from the Andalus Garden, on the southwest side, is the entrance to the grandly named Garden of Freedom and Friendship, much…