Cairo – Tourism beyond the Pyramids

Popular on the world tourism as the land of the Pyramid and Mummies, Cairo is the largest city in Egypt. For thousands of years, the city has been the center of power and culture for Egypt and not to mention it is also the most popular city among tourists around the world. The pyramids and the Sphinx at El Giza have endeared to the tourists for a long time, but if you have a knack for seeing beyond the obvious, you would be surprised to discover several hidden gems within it. Here are top 4 sites to see other than the pyramids:

The Cairo Citadel

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Made of the stone, the citadel is a fortress that testifies the architectural brilliance of the Greek rulers. Originally built to protect the city from the invaders, the citadel today is one of the most popular tourist hotspots of the city. You can climb to the top of the building and a panoramic view of the entire city.

The Egyptian Museum

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If you have an affinity for history, you simply cannot afford to miss visiting the Egyptian museum. Home to the largest number of artifacts recovered from the ruins of the ancient structures built here, it holds the most precious treasures of the ancient Greece.

Cairo Tower

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Built in 1961, the tower is one of the most famous landmarks of Cairo after the Pyramids. The structure, which resembles a stylized lotus plant, offers the most spectacular view of the city.

Khan el-Khalili

This is a local bazaar where you can literally shop till you drop and at the same time explore the local culture. Make sure that you bring your bargaining skills forward since the vendors often tend to increase the price; don’t hesitate to haggle to get cheap deals.

Oman Air flies you to Cairo 6 times a week.