Memories of the 19th century
Most of Port Said is little to attract the traveller, but certain quarters in the centre has European style 19th century architecture, coming with full wooden balconies and high verandas. The ambience, and even the existence, of these quarters are presently under threat from large schemes of setting up ugly government prefab buildings.
Out of sights near Port Said, the northern end of the Suez Canal is a place where many visitors can find hours of entertainment, simply by watching ships pass in and out. Port Said even got a couple of museums that are well worth the visit, the National Museum and the Military Museum.
Few Western visitors, give Port Said a relaxed athmosphere. Egyptian visitors like coming up here, of two reasons: Port Said is a duty free zone, as well as being a friendly summer resort for Egyptians escaping summer heat.
Eat and Sleep
Excellent on both hotels and restaurants, but travellers demanding very high standards will have some problems finding something in their range. Fish food is good in Port Said.
The by far best way of getting to, or from, Port Said, is by bus. These cover most destinations, and as always they are cheap. F.x. should Port Said-Cairo not cost more than US$4 one way even for the highest comfort. Trains and taxis also represent an alternative, but nothing compared to the buses.
2 km east: Port Fuad
230 km south: Suez
115 km south: Ismailia
240 km east: El-Arish
300 km west: Alexandria
250 km southwest: Cairo