For the international visitor, Egypt has a lot to offer. Apart from touring and viewing ancient Egyptian temples and artefacts, each city has a lot to offer. In truth, each city in Egypt does have its own unique appeal of things to see, as well as its own history, culture, activities, and people who are frequently different in character from individuals in other regions of Egypt.
Cairo, for example, has a plethora of things to do out there. Aside from ancient Egyptian history, there is Roman history, Greek history, Byzantine history, Islamic history, Ottoman history, and lastly contemporary Egyptian history.
History of the Jews and Christians: Go to a local tourist office and inquire for the names of religious organizations and Jewish synagogues if you want to learn more about Egypt’s Christian and Jewish past. There are at least two Jewish synagogues spanning back several years, when Egypt had a Jewish population of a few hundred thousand people, who finally emigrated with the founding of Israel.
There are several historic and noteworthy churches to visit in Cairo, including downtown Cairo, Heliopolis, Korba, Shubra, Abbasiya, Zamalek, and Maadi. A few of these churches have been existing for several hundred years, and their architecture resembles that of churches in Western nations. They were typically created by Europeans who erected most of the city’s architecture in the nineteenth century as a likeness to modern European structures of the time.
Cairo today If you want to explore modern Cairo, go around the streets of Zamalek, Maadi, Mohandiseen, or Heliopolis, where you will see some of the most modern structures and get a taste of Egyptian life.
Cairo Tower is Egypt’s highest structure, and you may climb it for a wonderful supper with a 360-degree view of Cairo. There are telescopes that allow you to see enlarged areas of the city in more detail, allowing the tourist to see a large portion of the city in a short period of time.
Cafes and Restaurants in the Neighborhood: If you want to meet and mingle with other Egyptians, consider sitting at one of the local cafés or restaurants. There are several coffeeshops/cafes and restaurants across Cairo that appeal to a variety of tastes and backgrounds and range in price from very low to very high.
Coffee Roastery, Cilantro, Grand Cafe, Costa Coffee, and many other local chains are available. Every neighbourhood in Cairo has its own cafés and eateries.
Sporting and Recreational Clubs: If the heat becomes unbearable, you can visit a few of the renowned sporting clubs, such as the Gezira Club in Zamalek or the Seid Club, also known in English as the Shooting Club in Mohandiseen, where you can cool off in the swimming pool or relax in the shade and comfort of lush trees and gardens. Foreigners can get entry by purchasing a one-day ticket, which enables them to use all of the club’s amenities, including sports. There are, of course, changing rooms and restaurants within the club where one may relax with a meal or a drink after participating in any sport.
Nightlife: If you prefer nightlife, there are several nightclubs and discos where you may drink and dance to some of the most contemporary melodies in the west while also listening to Arabic music. Music ranges from Dance and Trance through Hip Hop, Rap, Techno, Rock, and Pop. These clubs are often found within five-star hotels or in neighbourhoods such as Mohandiseen and Zamalek.
Desert Adventures: For further adventure, visit Cairo’s Haram District. You may wander about or rent a car in the desert near the pyramids and the Sphinx. The greatest time of doing this is at night, when all of the stars are shining brightly in the sky, and you can capture the magnificent atmosphere of the location.
Nile Boat: Rent a Feluca boat on the Nile in Cairo. There, you may enjoy the grandeur of the Nile and the surrounding countryside, as well as observe the city, its houses, and streets from beneath the water. You may do this either day or night, depending on conditions, but you must head to the Giza District and go along the Nile’s corniche region, where you can ask any one of the locals to hire this boat.
Fatimid Cairo/Islamic Cairo: Those intrigued in Islamic architecture and history might visit Islamic Cairo, the el Gamalaya area, or Khan El Khalili. There are various structures and mosques there, as well as examples of how buildings and residences were constructed throughout Egypt’s Islamic era. There is also a souk or market where you may purchase a variety of souvenirs and stuff.
Since Alexander the Great established Alexandria in 332/31 BC, “the pearl of the Mediterranean” has become one of the most important locations in Egyptian history. Following the death of the Macedonian ruler, the city became the cultural and intellectual centre of the entire Hellenistic world under the Ptolemies. In the Museion, great thinkers lived and worked.
Diving: Egypt has a wide range of diving options, including shallow reefs, walls, drift dives, coral gardens, and some of the world’s most famous wrecks. There are several opportunities to witness tropical marine life in crystal clear seas, as well as various types of sharks and even whale sharks.
The variety is enormous and will vary depending on where you dive. Diving at Sharm El Sheikh and Ras Mohammed, diving in The Gubal Strait, wreck diving in the Strait of Tiran, reef diving in Hurghada and Marsa Alam, the Abu Nuhas wreck system, and pelagic encounters at Brother Islands are among the most popular diving destinations.
I hope you now have a better understanding of some of the top things to do in Egypt when you visit.