Egypt has withstood the test of time, being one of several locations that was once home to a large ancient civilization. Over the years, it has grown to become a thriving metropolitan home to some of the most beautiful landmarks and historic sites in the region. It is also home to some of the most scenic and resplendent views, whether it is at the top of a medieval castle, or at the summit of the country’s highest mountain. To experience it for yourself, we’ve put together the best spots around Cairo that boast picturesque and breathtaking views.
At the highest point, Zamalek’s Cairo Tower stands at a whopping 187 meters, offering one of the best views in all of Egypt. From atop it, viewers can see some of Cairo’s most prominent landmarks including the Cairo Opera House, Cairo University, and the Pyramids of Giza.
One of the largest public parks in all of the world, Al-Azhar Park is home to sixty hectares of greenery in the heart of old Cairo. It neighbors Al-Darb Al-Ahmar, one of Egypt’s most historically valuable districts. At the park’s observatory, one can experience a panoramic view of one of the world’s oldest capitals.
Bab Zuweila Minarets
Built between 1091 and 1092, Bab Zuweila is one of the three remaining Fatimid gates of Old Cairo. It is located on the southern rim of the medieval part of Cairo, decorated with a pair of minarets that offer an unparalleled view to a part of Egypt’s history that remains alive to this day.
The highest point of Mount Sinai is located 2,642 meters above sea level, marking it as Egypt’s tallest mountain. Of course, the four hour hike is not smooth, however, the end goal is nothing short of rewarding. Atop Mount Sinai’s summit, a breathtaking view of the Sinai Peninsula will instill something beautiful at the heart of each viewer.
Standing beside Wadi Jibal and Farsh Rummana, Bab Al-Donia, roughly translated to ‘the gateway to earth’, is one of several neighboring mountains in South Sinai. At its highest point, viewers can see a view of El Tur and the Gulf of Suez.
Nestled between the azure-blue waters of the Red Sea and high-peaked mountains, the Fjord Bay is one of the most beautiful natural scenes in all of Egypt. Viewers can spend their day chilling on the gold sandy beach or go on a hike for a daring experience. Not only that but it also has one of the most underrated diving spots in all of Egypt with breathtaking corals.
Located to the east at the southernmost point of Egypt, Gabal Elba is Egypt’s largest national park, stretching over 50 square kilometers north of Shalateen. The natural scenery here is perhaps one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt, with a landscape laden with biodiversity, green plains, and blue waters.
Salah El-Din Citadel
The Salah El-Din Citadel in Cairo is one of the oldest medieval Islamic fortifications in all of the Middle East. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands with an unparalleled view of Fatimid Cairo. It is home to a number of museums as well as historic mosques such as the Mohammed Ali Mosque.
We recommend hitting up any of these spots soon especially with the weather still on the cool side. At each location, you’ll not only get to enjoy resplendent views but you’ll also get to visit unique monuments and landmarks packed with history.