Arriving mid-October, the weather broke down and the air temperature dropped quite a bit in the past few weeks on indigenous lands. Cool and rainy weather outside makes us think of summer has past and dream about the summer or warm destinations. Egypt is one of the tourist areas where you can still find last summer already here.
Egypt is located in the subtropical climate of northern African continent with a desert climate, very dry, with mild winters and hot summers. Outside regions of the Mediterranean, Egypt weather is very hot and dry throughout the year
In Egypt, the year has only three seasons: winter, first summer and second summer. In winter, which lasts from November 15th till March 15 followed by the first summer, which lasts from March 15 until mid-July and the second summer – the last season of the year – which begins in mid-July and ends on November 15.
Best period to visit Egypt is in winter, when temperatures are mild and the weather is not as hot and dry as in summer. First summer temperatures are also quite affordable, suitable for holidays in seaside resorts. The warmest season of the year is the second summer when traveling in Egypt only true lovers of sun and high temperatures. If you wish to travel on Egyptian territory and visit places and historical monuments, the best is from October to April, the average temperature in Cairo is 24 degrees Celsius, the average recorded in Hurghada 26 degrees Celsius, and Red Sea water has a temperature of about 23 degrees Celsius.
A haven of history, nature and culture
Known as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Middle East, Egypt is a haven of history, nature and culture. All major cities on the banks of the Nile River, including the capital Cairo, can offer tourists relaxing holidays, romantic getaways, business trips. Egypt is truly unique in its impressive historical legacy, the first settlement of the area dating from the first millennium 8-10 before Christ, while Egypt was first established in the year 3150 before Christ. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of architectural achievements well-preserved prehistoric monuments, ruins and other historical milestones, and these are all fabulous symbols of bygone eras.
Cairo, a unique blend of natural beauty and culture
Cairo is a unique blend of natural beauty, charm, culture and numerous modern amenities.
The city is known as the “mother of the world” or “City of Victory”. What is striking most of all in Cairo is a mixture of new and old, from ancient to the medieval period and ending with the modern, from businessmen in suits, the locals dressed in traditional costumes. Its historic buildings are hidden by crowded neighborhoods. But, however, is an exotic destination that leaves no doubt on the inspired choice for a holiday.
Most of the city lies on the eastern side of the Nile. Visitors often feel more comfortable in western district of the city, Liberation Square (Midan Tahrir). It is a center of transportation, separated from the Nile by massive Nile Hilton Hotel. There is also the main attraction of the city’s Egyptian Museum. On the opposite side of the center is the island of Gezira and to the south Roda Island.
Pyramids of Giza are about 11 miles from downtown
Pyramids of Giza on the west bank of the river, 11 miles from the center. Old Cairo is south of downtown, and occupies a large area of Islamic Cairo to the east. The city has grown rapidly both in population and the geographical area extending from the outskirts of Cairo suburbs, especially in the Eastern Desert. North-east of the city center, near the airport, are the districts Sheraton, Heliopolis, Zamalk and Maadi which host many of riches of Cairo (and the Presidential Palace), while to the west, middle-class suburb of Giza were extended to near the pyramids.
Although, today, Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city with 18 million inhabitants, this position is relatively recent in the history of Egypt. The city did not exist when they built the pyramids at Giza. Back then, Memphis city, about 15 miles south, was the capital of the Pharaohs. Cairo was not founded until the Romans rebuilt an ancient Persian fortress along the Nile River in the year 116, which was later known as Babylon, Egypt, Old Cairo district today. Since the late ninth century until today, a number of Arab leaders put their mark on the city: Ibn Tulun built his royal city-Qata, Fatimids built the city of el-Qahira, hence the city name Cairo. In the thirteenth century, Mamelukes, a Turkish slave caste soldiers, came to power. Birth of the modern city has been in 1863, when the leader Ismail expanded the city on the banks of the Nile, in the style of the great European cities. Once the country has returned to Egyptian rule in 1952, Cairo was highlighted as the capital city of the Arab world.
Zamalik district is famous for its antique shops and decorations
In the Zamalik district can be found numerous antique shops, jewelry, decorations. Another point of interest in Cairo is the Cairo Tower, 187 meters high, which offers a wonderful view over the city.
Cairo is also called the “City of 100 minarets” exotic skyline, domes and minarets casting a veil of spell to metropolis reality. Most visitors come to see the pyramids at Giza, the treasures tomb of Tutankhamun and other wonders in the Egyptian Museum as well as for shopping in Khan al-Khalili market. There are here and lots of mosques, churches, museums, larger or smaller, meandering streets, waiting to be explored.