- Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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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