Knowing Egypt is experiencing its beautiful history and culture, much of which is found in its capital. Whether you’re just newly uncovering Cairo or looking to rediscover its glory, Cairo’s most beautiful locations should always be marveled at, from wonderful Islamic architecture to breathtaking palaces and skyline views. In celebration of Cairo 360’s 11th anniversary, we’ve complied 11 of Egypt’s most beautiful locations for you to visit.
Bab Zuweila in Old Cairo
Located in the streets of Old Cairo, Bab Zuweila is one of the only remaining gates from the walls of the Fatimid Era. From either of its two minarets, you can get a beautiful view of the streets of Old Cairo.
Another part of Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo is known for its magnificent Coptic churches and historical Christian buildings, including the Fortress of Babylon, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, and the Church of St. George.
Salah El Din Citadel
The Salah El Din Citadel is a huge fortress that dates back to the Islamic Middle Ages. The citadel itself holds a plethora of architectural edifices that highlight Islamic art, including the Mohamed Ali Mosque, Al-Nasir Mohamed Qala’un Mosque, and the Al-Gawhara Palace.
Zamalek, one of Cairo’s most popular hangout spots, is known for its beautiful European-style buildings dating back to the 19th century. Not only does it have marvellous architecture, but its location on Gezira Island means it directly overlooks the Nile. The neighbourhood is also home to a comprehensive collection of galleries and art museums, making it the art hub of Cairo.
Wust El Balad
Downtown Cairo, or Wust El Balad, is Cairo’s urban centre. Designed and built in the 19th century, the area is famous for its European-style buildings and historical monuments. Walking through Downtown, you’re bound to stumble upon beautiful artefacts, including the Talaat Harb statue, the Om Kulthoum Statue, Abdeen Palace, and the Egyptian Museum, alongside the oldest cafes and restaurants in Cairo.
Part of Old Islamic Cairo, Khan El-Khalili is one of the oldest markets in Cairo. Made up of a string of alleyways and narrow streets, the market is one of the best places in Cairo to find tasteful souvenirs, authentic spices, luxurious perfumes, and so much more.
Al-Muizz li-Din Allah Street
Another Old Cairo location, Al-Muizz Street is one of Cairo’s oldest streets, dating back to the 11th century Fatimid Dynasty. By simply strolling down the road, you can experience an overwhelming sense of Old Cairo’s culture and medieval Islamic architecture. Alongside grand old mosques, you can also find modern-day shops and street vendors, allowing you to experience the old and the new.
Al-Azhar Park is one of Cairo’s biggest parks. Built over what was essentially a garbage dump, the park was transformed into the beautiful greenery that it is today in 2005 and opened to the public. Today, the park offers relief from Cairo’s hustle and bustle, with large green spaces and a magnificent view of Old Cairo. Most importantly, it’s located directly beside old Islamic Cairo, making it the perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
Inspired by Hindu temple designs, the Baron Palace is a distinctive structure located in Heliopolis. Built between 1907 and 1911, the palace was designed by Belgian architect Alexandre Marcel and Baron Édouard Empain, after whom the building is named. It has only recently been open for visitors again and now allows people to enjoy beautiful views of Heliopolis from its high balconies.
Located on Rhoda Island, Manial Palace is a stunning building from the former Alawiyya Dynasty. The palace, which is situated along a branch of the Nile, is made up of five separate buildings, surrounded by gorgeous Persian gardens, and is said to reflect the lifestyle of late 19th century Egyptian royalty.
Standing at 187 meters tall, the Cairo Tower is one of Cairo’s most popular landmarks. Built in the 1960s, the tower offers a panoramic view of Cairo from its observation deck. Visitors can also enjoy dinner at the Tower’s Sky Garden café, which offers a delicious dinner with a spectacular view.