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Cairo, the gem by the Nile

Horns and jasmine, pharaohs and electronic music… Enjoy Cairo's incredible cultural richness!

The scent of jasmine permeates the gardens of Heliopolis and rose sellers take their spot along the coast road, where lovers walk hand in hand in the evening. The night is warm, redolent with the aroma of shishas. On the terraces, the sound of clinking glasses mixes with the call to prayer of the muezzins, and the incessant cacophony caused by honking cars.
Cairo never seems to sleep, never seems to stop living. The nightlife in the Egyptian capital only ends when the sun rises. If dancers and singers have gone home, the underground retains its unlikely places and chic clubs. The day always starts with a brunch and the eternal replay of those old black-and-white movies where Farid al-Atrash is singing. Is it to help prevent us from forgetting the past? Cairo is not a nostalgic city. It seems to bear no grudges nor suffer any pain. It moves forward, sprawling into the desert.

Each visit brings about a lot of surprises. A brand new neighbourhood has risen up, as well as a new fashion, a restaurant here and a hotel there. The Grand Museum's arrow is each time more inclined towards the Giza pyramids, which still defy time. The traffic is always dense, almost oppressive, yet it is fun to ride with all the windows open in a ‘black and white', the nickname for the ramshackle taxis, to go to dinner for Maadi or Zamalek. Everything is forgiven in Cairo, as there is something that soothes, calms all. It is the nourishing Nile River, rising from the heart of Africa.

Insight video - Discover Cairo and surroundings
Insight video

Discover Cairo and surroundings

Discovery map - Our selection of must-see places in and around Cairo
Discovery map

Our selection of must-see places in and around Cairo

Diaporama

Our Cairo photo album

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arts and culture

Three shows, three unforgettable experiences in Cairo

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exploration - sports and well-being

Ain Sokhna, under the sun of the Red Sea

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traditional - terrace

Zööba, a blend of cool and authentic

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exploration - shopping

Townhouse Gallery, on the cutting edge of art

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fashion

The Lemon Tree & Co, cocktail on the Nile

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not-to-be-missed

Sequoia, the stationary cruise

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panorama

Sleep with one eye on the Cheops at the Barceló Cairo Pyramids

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art & culture

Zamalek: little Paris

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art and culture - exploration

The Old Cairo: the Coptic quarter

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art and culture - monument

The Ahmad Ibn Tulun Mosque: the oldest mosque in Egypt

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