Said is the fourth largest city in Egypt and and is the second
most important port after Alexandria. It is located on the
Mediterranean Sea, to the north of the Suez Canal.
Said was built in 1859 as part of the Suez Canal project,
a shortcut for vessels coming from the Atlantic ocean to the
Mediterranean sea, and also linking it to the Red sea and
the Indian Ocean. Named after the Khedive Mohamed Said who
reigned Egypt from 1854 to 1863, the city was built on the
European 19th Century architecture style with high verandas
and wooden balconies.
Said was caught in the middle of the Arab-Israeli war, especially
between 1956 and 1967. The city was evacuated until the the
October 1973 war, when Egypt regained most of it's occupied
land from Israel. It was now safe for the citizens of Port
Said to go back home and rebuild their city after the peace
accord was signed between Egypt and Israel in 1979. Ever since,
it has developed into a major trade and business city.
economy of the city depends mainly on fishing and industries
like chemicals, processed food and cigarettes. Its port is
vital for the Egyptian economy from here Egyptian products
including cotton and rice are exported. Moreover, Port Said
is also a fuelling station for ships that pass through the
Said has many places to visit. Its pretty beaches attract
both Egyptians and tourists who come to enjoy the sea and
the views, especially the ships passing by.
Museums worth visiting are:
- The National Museum of Port Said, which contains a collection
of artifacts dating from prehistory and the Pharaonic period,
Coptic and Islamic period, and covers the history of the building
of the Suez Canal.
- The Military Museum has some interesting relics from the
1956, 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel.
ways to enjoy Port Said are either to take a cruise on the
canal or to take a tour around the city on a "Hantour"
(a horse-drawn carriage).
Fouad, located across the canal from Port Said is a suburb
of civil servants, also worth visiting.
is another option in this tax free city.
There are many places to stay during your visit to the city.
Hotels are found around the canal area and their prices vary;
moreover, some villas can also be rented. There are also many
restaurants in Port Said.