The Port Said Lighthouse, one of the most important architectural and tourist landmarks in the city of Port Said in Egypt, Construction was completed in 1869
When you go to Port Said, Egypt, you have to spend at least a few hours in its underrated city center. Appreciate magnificent architecture, such as the 19th-cenutry Port Said Lighthouse and the immaculate Abdul Rahman Lofty Mosque, or walk down to the so-called "Floating Bridge" to take it all in from afar.
The port towns of Port Said and Port Fouad
Just over the water via a short ferry ride, Port Said's neighbor Port Fouad is like another world to discover. Stop by the unique Salt Mountain for some epic photos. Then, explore Port Fouad's iconic architecture, like the ornate St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, and the imposing Port Fouad Grand Mosque, which more than lives up to the promise of its name.
Take at least one day trip during your Port Said, Egypt, vacation to the nearby Suez Canal. While your cruise ship may later sail through here, a day tour can allow you to get a closer, deeper look into the world's most important shipping lane, whether you look upon it from somewhere on land, or boat through one of the parallel secondary canals on a smaller vessel.
With so much to see, you'll maintain a healthy appetite during your Port Said, Egypt, travel. Choose a waterfront and ask for a fresh-catch menu, which may include locally caught grouper, tuna or Nile perch. Or choose pan-Egyptian fare such as filling koshary (Egyptian rice and beans) or a pita bread pocket filled with fried falafel.
Browse through the stalls of Baleh Market, which is part of the Suez Canal's "free zone," and enjoy tax-free shopping on Egyptian souvenirs, from camel carvings and pyramid postcards to pocket-size replicas of King Tut's Tomb. Then check out Al-Hamidi Market and shop for locally made papyrus paper and fresh Egyptian spices, such as saffron, cardamom and turmeric.
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