Perched at the northern outlet of the Suez Canal, right where Africa meets Asia, Port Said is considered to be the second most important port in Egypt, a settlement whose 160-year history stretches back to the beginning of the Suez Canal. Founded by Saeed Pasha in 1859, Port Said began as a small tent encampment of 150 labourers. By the time the Suez Canal opened in 1869, it had begun to prosper. Today over half a million people live and work in this fourth-largest city in Egypt.
Given its coastal placement, Port Said is more than just a business hub. It’s great sea views are a perk enjoyed by many patrons in Port Said hotels facing the harbour. Just watching ships pass on the canal side is an unforgettable sight. On the Mediterranean front, though, warm sandy beaches and welcoming water also attract both locals and tourists in search of a relaxing holiday.
Of course, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Port Said. The Port Said Museum is a must for anyone keen to learn more about the history of the region from the time of the Pharaohs to the construction of the Suez Canal. More contemporary insights are the focus of the Military Museum, which houses a collection of artefacts from the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973.
If you’re using Port Said as a base for visits to other Egypt attractions in the Nile Delta, the bustling capital of Cairo is easily accessible via day trips from Port Said, some of which visit the majestic Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx, or the Islamic and Coptic sites in Cairo. Anyone with more time to spare will appreciate the two-day tour that covers the central landmarks and sites in Cairo and Alexandria.
Educator and tourism expert Sherif Abd Elwahab of WHL Egypt is pleased to have added Port Said to the growing list of Egypt holiday destinations for which his team can now provide expert accommodation and tour advice.
“Our mission has remained unchanged since we began our tourism business in Egypt,” says Elwahab. “We combine high-quality tours with great prices, always with a focus on individualised attention. We welcome you, your family and friends to Port Said.”
Now, with the addition of www.portsaid-shoreexcursions.com, the staff at WHL Egypt is excited to continue the partnership with whl.travel, a company with which it shares a commitment to ethical travel and the preservation of history and culture around the world.