Port Said

The City was damaged during the Suez Crisis, and again during the wars of 1967 and 1973, but it has largely been rebuilt. The main streets, with most commercial enterprises, are Palestine Street and El Gumhorriya Street. The adjacent bazaar quarter is a microcosm of Egyptian consumer aspirations, ranging from humble stalls on Sharia el-Togary to the smart boutiques on Sharia en-Nahda. These have been joined by designer shops such as Hugo Boss and sports stores like Nike and Reebok, Marks & Spencer and others at the junction of el-Gumhorriya with 23rd July Street. Come evening, townsfolk and holidaymakers promenade along the Corniche, or near the National Museum, watching dozens of vessels at anchor. For an idea of the canal’s workings, take a cruise on the Noras floating restaurant or catch the free ferry (every 15 min) across to Port Fouad.


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