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When: Cairo can be practically unbearable in the midsummer months and rarely drops below 20º even in the middle of the winter! You might prefer to visit in spring time or autumn.
Where: What you do and see in Cairo can vary vastly depending on your budget. The Old Town is a lovely place to explore to see the authentic life of the city and it offers an excellent selection of budget pensions for those travelling on a shoestring! Alternatively, sample the more glamorous side of the city by staying in Zamalek or Heliopolis.
Why: Because Cairo's fascinating history and intense pace of life will require all of your attention, meaning its just as exciting solo as with a companion! Egyptians are known for their friendliness meaning you're never short of conversation partners here.
When: Groups would be best advised to try to avoid the stifling midsummer sun too. If you're in Cairo on your way to the south, you'll certainly be better travelling in the spring or autumn.
Where: Don't miss out on seeing all of the historic sights, museums and markets of Cairo. If you're also looking to have a good party whilst in Cairo, head to the banks of the Nile where there are a number of great bars and nightclubs or venture over to Zamalek for a more upmarket time out.
Why: Because Egypt boasts some of the best nightlife in the middle east, with a cosmopolitain and modern population perfectly complimenting the grand heritage of its historical sites.
When: Forego the heat of the midsummer and try to avoid the dust storms of March and April! May is a great time to visit Cairo and so is October.
Where: Stay in one of the upmarket hotels in Zamalek or Heliopolis and enjoy indulgent spa treatments and romantic meals together. During the day you can see some sights and in the early evening, why not go for a sunset cruise down the Nile on a traditional Egyptian Felucca boat.
Why: Because despite its noisy and hectic appearance, Cairo is a city of great romance and beauty. You can watch magnificent sufi dancing displays or see a performance at the Cairo Opera House.
When: Children really will find it unbearable in the height of summer, when the heat is overwhelming. Try visiting in the Easter holidays or in the autumn half term when its' very pleasant.
Where: All children will have studied the pyramids in school and will be only too excited to see them in the flesh. Be sure also to see the marvels of the Cairo Museum. There are a number of family friendly mid range hotels in the centre of town, with views of the Nile.
Why: Because the stories of the Egyptian pharaohs and of Queen Cleopatra are the stuff of childhood fantasy. There is plenty to enthral kids and parents alike.