Al Azhar Park#9 in Best Things To Do in Cairo
Flanking the eastern edge of Islamic Cairo is Al Azhar Park, one of Cairo's largest parks. Formerly a garbage dump, Al Azhar Park now features an array of fountains, manicured gardens, recreation areas and restaurants.
For many visitors, the highlight of this public space is the Ayyubid wall, which was constructed by the founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty, Salah El-Din, more than 800 years ago. Nature lovers will also appreciate the wide selection of international flora found here. To avoid crowds, previous travelers recommended visiting between Sunday and Thursday.
You can reach Al Azhar Park via taxi or on foot from Islamic Cairo. Khan el-Khalili sits less than a mile away, while downtown Cairo is about 3 miles to the west. Do not plan on driving since parking in the area is limited and expensive. All visitors will be charged an entrance fee of 10 Egyptian pounds (or about $1), which includes access to bathrooms and the Ayyubid wall. Additional charges apply for items purchased at the park's cafes and restaurants. The park hosts visitors every day from 9 a.m. to midnight. For more information, visit the Al Azhar Park website.
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#1 Islamic Cairo
This sprawling neighborhood in eastern Cairo encompasses a labyrinth of twisting alleyways and a spattering of awe-inspiring architecture. The atmosphere here will take some getting used to: The streets are crowded, noisy and littered with animal droppings. But if you take the time to adjust to Islamic Cairo's chaotic environment, you won't regret making the trek.
You'll find a number of top attractions here, including Khan El-Khalili's bazaar and the Salah El-Din Citadel. According to past visitors, no matter where you wander in the area, you'll stumble upon archeological treasures and architectural gems. To see Islamic Cairo's sights, get out and walk or tag along on an organized bus tour. Bus tours – like those offered by Memphis Tours and Egypt Tailor Made Tours – include local guides, so if you want to learn more about the neighborhood's history, this is the best way to get around.
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