Cairo is a busy bustling city in the heart of Egypt. Street vendors and open air markets compete with camels and more modern modes of traffic for street space. The ancient is right at home next to the ultra modern in Cairo.
The central part of the city is a good starting point for adjusting to Cairo. The area is a bit more modern than some of the other sections of Cairo. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is in Central Cairo. This magnificent museum can only be thoroughly enjoyed by more than one visit. There is simply no way to take it all in by going just once. Discover the various rulers who once ruled in Egypt along with their stunning artifacts and royal treasures. The Palette of Narmer, sarcophagus of Merneptah or a painted floor from the royal palace of Armana are just a few of the museum’s ancient artifacts. And of course no visit is complete without viewing the King Tut Galleries.
Garden City and the Abdin Quarter
Garden City is where Egypt’s ministries and Parliament reside. So there is an even more modern air combined with the business that is generated from the government. Deluxe, upscale hotels line the streets and there are residential areas, as well.
The Abdin Quarter is where you will find the local folk residing. The Abdin palace, where Egypt’s President has the state headquarters, is in Midan el-Gumhorriya. Vendors and street markets that cater to local residents can be found behind the palace.
Downtown Cairo is the area of the city where most foreign travelers stay. The two main thoroughfares, Talaat Harb and Qast el-Nil have most of the more economical hotels along with convenient travel agencies nearby. Shops, restaurants and eateries are another big draw in this part of town.
Not for the traveler who enjoys modern transportation, this area of Cairo must be traversed on foot. The streets are oppressively narrow and donkeys as well as humans negotiate for walking space. There is often water underfoot combined with animal feces, so if you are timid about sanitation, be warned. For adventurers, this very traditional area of the city is a great place to explore.
Everyone eventually ends up at the Citadel when visiting Islamic Cairo. The citadel was built by Salah a-Din or Saladin, as he was also known. Nearby, visitors might also be interested to see the Sultan Hassan and Rifai mosques.