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“Lovely Oasis with great Lakeside Cafe” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Al-Azhar Park

Al-Azhar Park
Darassa Hill, Cairo, Egypt
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Ranked #10 of 145 Attractions in Cairo
Type: Parks, Outdoors
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Ankara, Turkey
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“Lovely Oasis with great Lakeside Cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Al-Azhar Park is a large park in the middle of Cairo that offers a lovely and varied landscape to escape the hustle and traffic of the city. It offers many green areas for picnics, as well as two restaurants and at least one café. For kids, there is a small train for a ride around the park. You also get wonderful views of the city and Citadel.

We stopped for lunch at the Lakeside Café, which hosts one of the best views of the Citadel. The menu consisted of Lebanese fare, sandwiches, and pizza. No alcoholic beverages. The service and food were quite good.

The atmosphere of the park was delightful - pretty much all locals and their families, many children, and a lot of friendly curiosity towards foreigners (in our case, three Western women). We were asked by shy, giggling girls if they could take pictures with us; we happily obliged.

We visited on a Saturday, which was quite crowded, but not too much so, given the large expanse of the park. The entrance fee was 10 LE (it's 7 LE on weekdays).

All in all, a wonderful respite from our scheduled tours, and something all visitors to Cairo should experience.

Visited February 2014
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“Some moments to repose in so agitated city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

After Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, we decided to go to the east and see to have some rest
in the vast park, a real "green lungs " of such vivid city of Cairo. That is the Al-Azhar Park, that alongs from the west side, the broad avenue, Salah Salam Street.
That is one of the world sixty great public spaces, and was created by the contribution and help of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. This hilly site is surrounded by the most interesting historic districts of Islamic Cairo. Beside, from here,You may have one of the most wonderful view at the whole Cairo. There are in total 30 hectares of beautifully planned and arranged surfaces in this huge park, donated in 1984 to the citizens of Cairo. Some Islamic belief says, that we are all the trustees of the God's creation and therefore must seek to leave the world a better place than it was before us and here in Al-Azhar Park, such creed comes to its full extent.
On the western side of the park is the Old Fatimid City with its wealth of mosques, madrasas and mausolea, signaled by a long line of minarets.
To the south can be seen the hill with Salah El Din Citadel.
On the eastern side of the Park is the City of the Dead.
In the park itself are planted the huge variety of the trees and the plants, over 655,000 in quantity.
Three water reservoirs are here also, to provide so necessary water for the soil of the park.
As to the Park vegetation, they (plants) are the dry and succulent and a lush, grassy meadows with shade trees as well. There are also the gardens of various flowers and the orchards here.
That was really quite a rest from the turbulent streets of Cairo.

Visited September 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Breath of fresh air”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

What a beautiful break from the pollution.It is amazing you don't even feel like your in Cairo anymore green for miles and fresh air.there are great restaurants to eat at or simply bring a picnic and relax

Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Hidden Gem in Cairo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is really a must see, its a secret I feel like the locals are keeping. If you pay for a driver they may act like they don't know where it is, but be clear with them that you want the park with the Gardens. It is beautiful and very inexpensive to get into. The views are amazing. You can buy cheap food there and hang out all day with a book or a Frisbee and love it! It was the safest place I went to in Cairo.

Visited January 2014
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“Wonderful green spot, a haven of rest.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

One of the most beautiful spots in Cairo. You get an amazing panoramic view over the city and the flowers and plants in this huge park are simply beautiful. Really a nice and calm place to visit in the chaotic crowded city of Cairo. A haven of tranquility.

Visited March 2013
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