While Giza is a city in its own right, it has been absorbed by the sprawling and heavily populated Cairo Metropolis. The close proximity of Giza to the famously known pyramids of Giza has made this city very popular among international travelers. The archetypal pyramids are iconic world wide attractions that showcase the ancient civilization in Egypt. The city of Giza has become an increasingly popular secondary alternative for tourists for accommodation, entertainment and food beyond what central Cairo offers. Most of the tourist facilities in Giza are located along the Pyramids Road. The Giza desert plateau that is next to the pyramids is being targeted for establishment of Egypt Grand Museum.
All the top tourist attractions in Giza are concentrated on Giza plateau near the Pyramids Road. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is the last surviving symbol of world seven wonders. Originally, the pyramid was 146 m high even though it has been reduced slightly. This edifice was built using more than 2 million stone blocks and it was entirely built with manual labor. The Solar Barque Museum is an exceptionally beautiful museum that showcases a reconstructed and an excavated solar boat that is buried next to Pharaoh. The Pyramid of Khafre is not as huge as the great pyramid but its position makes it appear extra large.
The smallest Giza pyramid is the Pyramid of Menkaure and others include Queens’ Pyramids, Temple of Sphinx and Sphinx. Tourists are not allowed to visit all the pyramids as there are times when they are closed for renovation and conservation measures. While climbing to the top of the pyramids used to be a major tourist activity, it has now been forbidden officially not to mention that it is extremely dangerous. In fact, a number of tourists have died trying to climb over to the pyramids and it is strictly advisable that you don’t try to do it.
Besides visiting the pyramids, there are also other interesting activities to engage in during your holiday vacation in Giza. For instance, camel rides are common but do not fall into the temptation of riding a camel near the pyramid as this is noisy, overrated and smelly. Horse riding will also give you a great desert experience and provide a better alternative of seeing the real majesty of Giza pyramids. Giza is also a great destination to go shopping and thee are many things to take home with you like zara, Massimo dutti, polo, bcbg, hugo boss, levis, joop and other items. Some of the top shopping places in Giza are such as Al Amir Perfume Palace, Beymen, Legends and Legacies and City Stars.
Egypt is largely a Muslim country where drinking of alcohol is prohibited. Nevertheless, alcohol is still served especially in hotels. Unfortunately, Giza has limited accommodation options and most tourists stay in central Cairo and travel to pyramids. Nevertheless, if you are determined to reserve a stay in Giza at close vicinity of the pyramids, you will still find a number of comfortable accommodation options.