What to do in Cairo when it's hot



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It may seem funny to write a guide on what to do in Cairo when it’s hot: Egypt is, after all, one big desert! Cairo, however, is not horrifically hot for that much of the year. Winter is positively mild, and spring and autumn warm to hot. It’s only in the summer that the heat – combined with the general chaos and traffic fumes – can become unbearable. What to do in Cairo when it’s hot will help you to escape the searing sun, whilst still making the most of your time in Cairo. What to do in Cairo when it’s hot includes breezy panoramas, chilling on the Nile, diving in to cool swimming pools, and even a picnic in the park! Note that most Egyptians tend to avoid going out much during the day when it’s hot, and live more of their life at night. The what to do in Cairo when it’s hot guide will enable you to get out and do stuff by day, whilst still leaving plenty of time and energy to enjoy the cool of night. A piece of advice: bottled water! ‘Nuff said!

Author: Nicholas Rowlands


Day 1 - Cairo


Today is nice and gentle. A good place to head to when it’s hot in Cairo is the Cairo Tower, so grab a taxi there some time in the mid morning. If you really can’t stand the heat, consider taking one of the yellow or white taxis – they are air-conditioned. Ascend the tower in the smart lift for some fantastic views of Cairo, and hopefully a cooling fresh breeze. Marvel at the heat haze that is devouring the city, before popping downstairs to the air conditioned café for a spot of ice-cream. You could even have lunch in the revolving restaurant: it’s pricy, but the food is pretty good.
In the afternoon head to Dr Ragab’s Pharaonic Village. This is like a living museum, or pharaonic theme park, and although it’s kitsch and cheesy, it’s quite good fun if you are in the right mood. It’s a nice way to while away a few hours during the heat of the day, since you spend much of your time on the Nile: you take a boat trip around the waterways of Jacob’s Island, and are transported back to the Nile as the ancient Egyptians would have experienced it. In the evening, head to the Greek Club in Downtown, and enjoy a bite to eat and a cool Stella beer in their open courtyard dining area.


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Cairo Tower

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Next to Al-Ahli Sporting Club
Cairo, Egypt


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Dr. Ragab's Pharaonic Village

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3 El Bahr El Aazam St
(Jacob's Island, Giza)
12561 Cairo, Egypt

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tel: +20 2 571 8675
fax: +20 2 568 9266


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Greek Club (The)

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21 Mahmoud Bassyouni Street
Midan Talat Harb
11111 Cairo, Egypt

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tel: +20 (0)2 2575 0822


Day 2 - Cairo


Have a leisurely morning exploring the (air-conditioned) boutique shopping of Zamalek, before taking an early lunch at Sequoia, on the banks of the Nile. After lunch, why not cool off by taking a dip in a swimming pool? Cairo doesn’t have loads of pools, but there are a few dotted about. The best ones are at the posh hotels, such as the Nile Hotel (formerly the Nile Hilton). Even if you are not a guest, it’s possible to pay to use the pools. Typical costs are around 150 LE, including towel, locker and so on. Afterwards, head to a supermarket (eg Metro on Zamalek, or Alfa Market in Doqqi) to stock up on some food for a picnic, and take a taxi to al-Azhar park. Al-Azhar park is a great place to lounge around when it’s hot, and if you don’t fancy lying in the sun, you can always find some shade. The people watching is fantastic, and there are a number of cafes to quench your thirst at. Eat your picnic dinner before the sun starts to go down, so you can climb to the top of the hill to catch the sunset. This is a magical time of day in Cairo, and al-Azhar park is a perfect place to watch the sunset, since you have a brilliant view, and you hear the Call to Prayer echoing around the city from hundreds of mosques at once.


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Zamalek

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Northern tip of Gezira island
Cairo, Egypt


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Sequoia

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3 Abou el Feda Street
Cairo, Egypt

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tel: +20 (0)2 27350014 - +20 (0)2 27356050 - +20 (0)2 27356051 - +20 (0)127302228 - +20 (0)127302229
fax: +20 (0)2 27366359


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Al Azhar Park

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Salah Salem Street
Al Darassa
11562 Cairo, Egypt

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tel: +20 2 510 3868 / +20 2 510 7378
fax: +20 2 512 1054


Day 3 - Cairo


Many people try to escape to Alexandria for part of the summer months. The city is much cleaner, less stifling, and there are always wonderful, cool breezes. And, of course, the Mediterranean Sea if you fancy a dip. Alexandria is easy enough to visit as part of an organised tour, or you can go your own way. Trains leave Ramses Station regularly, cost less than 30 LE, and take about 3 hours to reach Alexandria. The main train station is a short walk from the seafront, and all of the action. Spend the day soaking up the atmosphere, and perhaps even some of the sights, before returning to Cairo in the evening. Make sure to sample some of the fresh fish whilst in Alexandria: it’s as tasty as it is cheap!


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Private Tour: Alexandria Day Trip from Cairo

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Cairo, Egypt


Day 4 - Cairo


It’s time today to experience a different side of Cairo. Take a taxi in the morning to the City Stars shopping mall in Heliopolis. This huge, western style mall is where rich Egyptians go to see and be seen, and provides for fascinating people watching as well as superb shopping. Best of all for the hot summer days, it’s air-conditioned! City Stars also has a huge choice of restaurants at which you can eat your lunch; they even have a Wagamama’s! In the afternoon, head down to the other end of Cairo (again, you’ll probably want to take an air-conditioned taxi) to another rich and westernised area of Cairo, al-Maadi. Ask to be dropped off at the local ferry, just next to the Grand Café on the Cornice, and arrange a felucca ride. This is the best way to cool off in Cairo short of jumping in to the water, since you catch all of the breeze. Relax, have a drink, and soak up the peaceful green scenery. The best time to do a felucca ride is for sunset, though it’s fantastic at other times of day too. After your felucca ride, catch the last of the Nile breeze by taking your dinner at the nearby Grand Café, and congratulate yourself on being able to survive – and even enjoy – Cairo during the scorching heat.


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Felucca Ride on the Nile

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Maadi ferry, next to Grand Café
Maadi Cornice
Cairo, Egypt


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Grand Cafe

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Merryland Gardens
near TGI Friday
Cairo, Egypt

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tel: 20 2 451 2316


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