Romantic Things To Do in Cairo

Cairo isn't stacked full of romantic things to do or see – though it does have some very romantic restaurants and nightspots – but the activities it does offer are fantastic. The romantic things to do in Cairo are mainly outside the city proper, away from the noise and crowds.

If there's one thing you must do as a couple, it's take a sunset felucca ride on the Nile. While there are many spots along the cornice to rent one of these traditional sailing boats, the best place in Cairo is in Maadi since there are no bridges to get in your way, so you can enjoy uninterrupted sailing, and perhaps a snuggle as the sun goes down.

Second in romance to the Nile is getting out into the desert behind the Pyramids on a horse or a camel. Again, sunset is the best time, and you'll enjoy the haunting call to prayer rolling in from all over the city. Double up on your ride to make it extra romantic.

Sometimes, escaping Cairo is the most romantic thing you can do. Camp out under the stars in the White Desert near Bahereya, or wander the Valley of the Whales together in Wadi Rayan.

If you can't escape Cairo, ambling around Beit al-Souhaymi playing pasha and consort is as romantic as Islamic Cairo gets, or ascend the Cairo tower and cosy up together with a fine view of the city.

We've not included the Pyramids in the list of romantic things to do in Cairo, because it's often too frantic, but the Sound and Light show is a good alternative. And don't be fooled by the Nile cruise dinners – they are usually too cheesy to be romantic.

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Felucca Ride on the Nile

Maadi ferry, next to Grand Café
Maadi Cornice

Chill out and sail on the longest river in the world... read more

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Camel Ride by the Pyramids

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FB stables
Gamal Abdul Nasser St

Sail back in time on a ship of the desert... read more

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Horse ride by the Pyramids

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Gamal Abdul Nasser St
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Exhilarating canter on an Arabian thoroughbred...
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Al Azhar Park

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Salah Salem Street
Al Darassa

Beautiful and inspiring park on former rubbish tip... read more

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Giza Pyramids: Sound and Light Show

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Giza Pyramids Plateau

Cheesy but spectacular, and definitely memorable...
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Cairo Opera House Performances

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El Borg Gezira
(Next to Kasr el-Nil Bridge)

Home of arts and culture in Cairo... read more

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Bahereya Oasis

3 Talaat Harb Street
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Jumping off point for the Black and White Deserts...
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Wadi Rayan

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Beit Al Souhaymi

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Darb al-Asfar Street
Around Bab el Futuh

Beautifully restored old Cairene house... read more

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Cairo Tower

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Next to Al-Ahli Sporting Club

Best views of Cairo plus a revolving restaurant...
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