As one of the biggest cities in the world, Cairo holds within its ancient streets and narrow allies thousands of years’ worth of history and cultural landmarks. It is so overwhelming that the question of what to do isn’t derived from the lack of activities; on the contrary, it’s because there’s so much to do that you are often left wondering where to start from.

A new revised edition of Cairo The Family Guide raises the bar for the many other guide books on Cairo. Accompanying listings of interesting places to see around the city are inspirational descriptions of these places, noting important elements such as if there are clean bathrooms and if photography is allowed, etc. so that the visitor knows exactly what to expect.

The book starts off with a chapter titled ‘How to Explore Cairo’, giving the reader a small but condensed dose of tips on life in the capital, from national and religious holidays to what is considered ‘modest clothing’. Egyptians are friendly people but it is also important not to break any social rules or traditions; so these little tips can really help a first-time visitor.

Cairo The Family Guide then moves onto each district in Cairo from Haram to Old Cairo and from Heliopolis to Maadi, listing nearly everything that needs to be seen from the obvious landmarks such as the Pyramids and museums to the lesser known landmarks like small galleries and old mansions. Each venue description includes a small list of regular working hours and Ramadan hours, a detailed address including nearby metro stations and entrance fees. The description also takes into consideration families with kids, what they might like to see, and what fun activities they can participate in.

Cairo can be a pretty exhausting city, and a little planning never hurts. Cairo The Family Guide is there for assistance in every part of the trip, including maps and directions along with a website directory for more insider tips. It is a book that would save its readers a lot of time and guide them directly to where the must-see Cairo gems are.