With a sun that never quits from, 5 am to 8 pm, and scorching temperatures, summertime in Cairo is when a mass exodus takes place for anyone who can afford to escape to a coastal retreat. However, if you would like to experience the city during those hot months, especially if you’re visiting as part of a Nile cruise holiday, then you still can get around as long as you follow a couple of basic rules, like doing your tour as early in the day as possible, avoiding the hot microbuses during the afternoon, and knowing where the closest pool is located.
Visit the Music Festival at Salah El-Din Citadel
If you are able to brave the sweltering Egyptian heat during August, the music festival in Islamic Cairo at the Salah El Din Citadel is the most popular event of the season for Cairo citizens who have stayed behind in the city throughout the hottest month in the year. The festival has recently expanded from only hosting Egyptian musicians to including performers from all across the Arab area. This is a rare chance to enjoy being outdoors during the summer – and the inexpensive tickets are also rare in a country that is becoming increasingly expensive. or just LE5 you can buy a ticket to enjoy the diverse gathering and hilltop breeze, with the festival running from 8 pm to 10 pm or even later.
Cool Down with a Shisha Late at Night
Since a majority of socializing during the summer occurs after the sun has gone down, you will start to notice plastic chairs beginning to pop up as soon as the heat begins to wane and the streets start to get more crowded full of people. Egyptians like cooling down after a hot day by enjoying their nightly shisha. So choose your favorite flavor (this time of the year cool mint really hits the spot) and grab a lemonade in order to recharge ourself after a long draining day. If you’d like to visit a watering hole during your evening, then head over to the Barrel Bar located in the historic Windsor Hotel and grab a beer. Although its glory days come from the colonial days of the past, it is still a landmark that is a great place to enjoy a cool beer at.
Attend the Cairo Opera House for an Open-Air Performance
Although in 1971, the Royal Opera House unfortunately burned down, the new and architecturally-renowned Cairo Opera House emerged to take its place for maintaining the foundation of Egypt’s breakthrough artistic performance work. Although there is a break in the schedule during August, if you visit Cairo in July, it is possible to get tickets and enjoy a musical performance in the evening. The program usually includes offerings from the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Arab Music Ensemble, or an Egyptian modern dance troupe. There are also individual recitals for many up-and-coming musicians which helps to develop Egypt’s next generation of talent. Old ballet classics appear on the program still as well, which on any given night lends contemporary performances with a historic air. After you have enjoyed the performance, you can walk across the Qasr El Nil Bridge where you will pass families, young couples and groups of friends who gather to enjoy the cool evening breeze and the view across the water.
Choose a Pool, Any Pool
During the hot sweltering summer, it is critical to know where the best pools are in Cairo. Since the keys to getting through the hot summer days while visiting Cairo is to tour in the morning and socialize in the evening, it can be difficult to find some afternoon activities to participate in that will not leave you covered in dust and drenched in sweat. The best solution to this problem is to pay the daily fare for the pool. In Zamalek, Gezira Club offers day tickets for LE150. They have two pool, one is to lounge and relax in, while the Olympic size pool is for doing more serious laps to get your cardio exercise in. If you would like to enjoy a pool that offers a great view, then head on over to the Hilton that is located on the islands northeast end for outstanding poolside service and very stylish relaxation.