Located on the Nile River in the north of Egypt, Cairo is a huge bustling city with a deep history that would rival most cities around the world. A true blend of Arabic and African cultures, as well as strong influences from both the ancient and modern worlds, Cairo is a city with a great variety of sites and attractions, perfect for tourists. With the massive city ready to be explored, not to mention the countless great sites around this part of Egypt ready to be discovered, you will be able to see all these famous lands have to offer with your rental car through Auto Europe.
Being one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East, Cairo is a city that one could truly spend a lifetime exploring. There is a long list of highly recommended attractions, with something to suite every visitor.
A great way to begin your visit is by driving your rental car to Khan al-Khalili, a large island located on the Nile, where you will find Cairo Tower. At over 180m tall, the tower offers amazing views of the city, and is a great way to view the sites around you and get a feeling for just how large the city is.
Cross the bridge and head just east of here to Tahrir Square, where you will find the Egyptian Museum, an absolute must for anyone visiting Cairo. Home to the greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, the museum is easily large enough to spend a whole day exploring the displays, and the most prized item is definitely the mask of King Tutankhamun's mummy, an important piece indeed.
The most famous attraction in Cairo is of course the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the only surviving structures from the original 7 Wonders of the World. To visit the pyramids, drive your hire car southwest of the central Cairo, where you will find the site at the edge of the city.
To learn a little about the history of Egypt and to see some of the nation's ancient treasures, jump in your rental car and drive over to the Egyptian Museum, which is located a few blocks east of the river. The museum houses an amazing collection of artefacts, including Tutankhamun's death mask as well as many of his treasures. The museum's collection is set out in chronological order and offers a glimpse into life in the area thousands of years ago.
A short drive from the museum with your hire car, you can visit Cairo Citadel, another famous historic part of the city. Originally built in the 12th century, although added to and renovated over the years, the citadel is a massive fortification containing several mosques and museums, as well as providing stunning views over the city. For a unique look into local life, drive your rental car down to Khan Ali-Kalili, the largest open air market in Egypt. Virtually unchanged for thousands of years, the markets are the ideal place to pick up some souvenirs or local arts and crafts at a great price. As with most markets in Egypt, don't forget to bargain!
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