Cairo has some of the world's most famous attractions, and whether visiting the city for business or leisure, everyone should take some time out of their trip to see them.
Obviously, the Pyramids of Giza, situated in the immediate vicinity of Cairo, are a must-see. They were built over the span of three generations and are just magnificent. Symbolising strength and wisdom, the Sphinx with the body of a lion and the head of a king or god is truly a mysterious marvel from the days of Ancient Egypt which still enthrals visitors today.
If you would like to soak up the urban atmosphere of Cairo, take a stroll around the streets of Old Cairo or Coptic Cairo, the world's oldest Christian denomination. Mosques, churches and synagogues exist in close proximity to each other. One of the most famous is the Hanging Church, built on the southern gate of the Roman Fortress, with its wooden roof resembling Noah's Ark.
Khan el-Khalili has always been a centre of great economic activity and is still the major souk in the Islamic district of Cairo. The bazaar is a wonderful combination of historic architecture, bustling businesses, smooth-talking merchants and glittering, colourful goods which draws not only tourists, but also thousands of locals who do business here as well.
Cairo also has many museums and art galleries which could keep you busy for days. The Egyptian Museum with more than 120,000 items of Egyptian antiquities is one of Cairo's top attractions.
The Cairo Opera House, part of Cairo's National Cultural Centre, is the main performing arts venue in town. It is home to the finest musical groups and is located on the southern part of Gezira Island within the Nile River. A very diverse programme with performances of various musical styles and an attractive variety of dance, concerts, opera and theatre will keep any cultural buff entertained for days on end.