Islamic Cairo
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Islamic Cairo

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Free

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Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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.

You can reach Islamic Cairo by car, taxi or tour bus. Travelers can also take the metro to the Naguib stop, but the neighborhood's famous mosques are not situated within walking distance. Islamic Cairo is free to visit, although you'll pay extra to wander sites like the Salah El-Din Citadel and the Abdeen Palace Museum. Most of the area's attractions are open every day, and hours of operation and admission prices vary depending on the locale.

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