We walked from the city of the dead to the nearby Al Azhar Park -- from dust to grass. Not very far, about 15 minutes.
After getting tired of the bustling and exhausting city tours, it's really a respite coming to the park, just sit or lay around the grassy lawn, watch people, families, kids having their picnics around the area. The park is huge.
Entry fee = EGP10.
Go up to the summit of the park and you’ll have a beautiful view of the whole area on a 360 degrees angle. There’s a fountain, a small lake, a restaurant and several drinks vendors, and so many places to just relax under a shade of trees.
There’s even some local musicians right after the entrance. The atmosphere in the park is very much local as there aren’t much tourists inside, in fact I haven’t seen one except us. People are friendly and there are securities inside the park. It is walkable too from and to Khan ElKhalili as we walked from the park to the Khan which took about 15 minutes or less.
Azhar park is a very near place just a few minutes from down town, in Salah salem street, it is a nice place foe walk lovers and it has a nice resturants (studio misr, allan de notre or lake resturant).
you can enjoy walking then spend nice time in open air and nice view.
it open from 9am to 11 pm and entrence fee is very law.
If you do go there, and it is worth it, bear in mind that if you visit one of the restaurants there is usually a cover price of between 25 and 55 LE per person.
Near the childrens playground are a couple of stalls where you can buy snacks instead.
Al Azhar park is a beautiful park with stunning views of the Citadel and the many mosque minarets of old Islamic Cairo. A wall runs along one edge that was built by Salah Ad-deen. There is a small train that you can ride around the lush gardens, fountains and streams. The park is beautifully lit up at night with scattered lanterns. There are also a few restaurants ranging in prices where you can get a bite to eat or a mango juice.
Truly a beautiful oasis of quiet in the midst of bustling Cairo.
During our most recent trip to Cairo, my wife got sick to her stomach and we needed a quick activity to entertain our two children (2 and 7) while she relaxed in the air conditioning. Our guide took us to the Al Azhar park in Islamic Cairo near the Citadel and a few other important sites. The park was lush and green with grass and had lovely picnic areas, rolling hills, several fountains, several beautiful buildings, and a huge play area for children. It was intersesting to see the Egyptian families out for a picnic, young couples sitting on park benches, school groups on field trips and to take in the scene. The park was beautiful and had commanding views of downtown and Islamic Cairo. It's definitely worth a visit! There was a modest fee to get in.
Inaugurated in May 2005, al-Azhar Park is considered one of the most successful urban rehabilitation projects in the world. A large area consisting of a hill that had become a landfill adjacent to Islamic Cairo was turned into a beautiful park with panoramic views of the city and its thousand minarets. The project also led to the discovery of an intact section of the 12th century Ayyubid city wall, which was restored in the process. Within the park, there is a restaurant and cafés which make a perfect stopping point on a day touring Islamic Cairo. The park has become a popular outing for local Egyptian youth and families and is a great place to mix with the locals. A small admission fee is charged for entry into the park.
What a beauty in the middle of the city. Huge green area so much needed to provide some fresh air in heavily poluted city.
The park is mixture of styles with high influence of the islamic gardening.
The several restaurants and cafes can be found. I would suggest you the oriental style Alain Le Notre Patisserie with a great views towards Citadel.
I can only regret I didn't have more time to spend here and I promissed myself that will visit the park again if I ever return to Cairo.
This is the best park in Cairo. It is 30 hectare filled with green grass, trees, bushes, flowers, a small lake, water channels, a children's playground, a restaurant and a cafe. This is the best way to wind down from a busy day. Of course you have to pay to get in but it's worth it. It's built on a hilltop that overlooks the city and scenery itself is worth it. Being on a hill allows for cooling winds coming of the Nile to encircle it.
Take the time for a stroll. Grab an ice cream or soda. Relax. Enjoy the scenery. Watch the locals enjoy themselves.
The park is a new addition to Cairo in the last couple of years. It was built on what used to be the municipal rubbish dump. With the aid of the Agha Khan Foundation, this unsightly and unhealthy wasteland has been transformed to a wonderful park, well-landscaped , with water features,and with a lake, a restaurant, cafes and a play area for children. There are also viewing points where the whole of Cairo spreads out beneath you
The local inhabitants were encouraged to work with the foundation and were taught how to integrate such a place into their community, as well as giving employment to the locals.
It is a wonderful area with trees and plants, benches to sit on as well as the grass. And the main restaurant [The Citadek Restaurant] is an excellent place to eat.
Al-Azhar Park is a 30 hectare green, lush oasis in the middle of a bustling, crowded city. It is quiet a stark contrast to the rest of Cairo. It is a wonderful place to relax with trees, flowers, fountains... and to enjoy the panoramic views of Cairo that surround it.
There is however an entry fee into the park, I think it's about 7 Egyptian Pounds for tourists and a little cheaper for locals.
But the views are spectacular. I forgot to take my camera when I went and am still kicking myself for it.
Al Azhar park was established as part of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. This vast area has a number ofthings to see:
1. Children's area where there is an extensive play area.
2.The Ayyubid Wall which was built by Salah el din in the 12th century. You can explore the ramparts, towers and pasageways
3. Citadel View Restaurant. It is in the Fatimid style and gives a panoramic view of historic Cairo
4. Lakeside Cafe
5. archaeological excavations centre
as well as gardens and orchard
It is special because it has turned a run-down area into a place for enjoyment, fresh air and relaxation.