The vibrant capital of Egypt with a population in excess of 16 million, Cairo is the second largest in the Middle East and known as “the City of the Thousand Minarets”. The city has long been regarded as the region’s epicenter for political and cultural life. Located near the Nile Delta, its metropolitan area is the 16th largest in the world and second-largest in Africa after Lagos.
The exotic and fascinating city of Cairo is famous for its own history. It is a splendid place to discover Egyptian culture and tradition. The Egyptian name for Cairo is said to be: Khere-Ohe, which translates to “The Place of Combat” in reference to a combat took place between the Gods Seth and Horus. Egyptians also refer Cairo as Umm ad Dunya – the Mother of the World.
Some of the must-see destinations that guests of our Cairo accommodations can enjoy are the Nile River, the medieval Islamic City, Coptic sites in Old Cairo, Egyptian Museum in the town center, and of course the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx--the only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Horseback riding is also a popular activity in Cairo at the Nazlet El-Samaan stables where tourists can ride the shadows of the great pyramids and camp out overnight with barbecue and fire at the desert. Longer horse rides like sunrise, sunset, and full moon rides can also be arranged. Guests at our hotels in Cairo can also relax and enjoy at the Mena House Golf Course overlooking the ancient pyramids and parents can take the little ones at the Dream-Park in Cairo for hours of fun and entertainment. The Culture Wheel holds concert almost every night while the Garden Theater in Al-Azhar Park offers a venue for various musical performances.
Lastly, there is the Egyptian Centre for Culture and Art (MAKAN) for Egyptian traditional music and the Cairo Jazz Club for local and international sounds, great menu, and a generally laid back environment.