Eid Al Fitr is around the corner and it looks like it will be a long vacation to enjoy! The long break is an excellent time to escape the capital and travel around different cities of Egypt. If you are looking for beautiful and exciting destinations to travel and kick-start your summer we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of cities we recommend you visit in Egypt.
Almost a three-hour ride from Cairo, the beautiful city of Portsaid is located on the northern end of the Suez Canal. As you stroll down the Corniche you may catch a view of the canal’s entry point, you will also find small local shops selling everything from clothes to gadgets. Make sure to check out the cafes on the shoreline where you can enjoy the sea view and the fresh spring breeze. The history of this city is often overlooked, take a trip to the past as you visit the remains of what used to be a 33-foot bronze statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps built-in 1899 or the oldest concrete lighthouse in the world, built-in 1860. You cannot miss the ferry ride or “Maadeya” between Port Said and Port Fouad, where seagulls can make your acquaintance, you may feed them some bread but beware they may bite! Indulge in seafood heaven at “Kasten” or visit the fish market if you prefer a hands-on experience.
Located on the eastern branch of the Nile which pours into the Mediterranean Sea, the governorate of Damietta has the optimum location joining of the river and sea, it is a view not to miss. It’s also the location of one of Egypt’s oldest summer resorts, Ras El Barr. Enjoy the peace and quite as you take a stroll down the Cornishe, it is a lot less crowded than Cairo and Alexandria, perhaps you may even buy some Terms from the street vendors. Appreciate the panoramic view of the city from Seadoor restaurant top floor overlooking the whole city!
If you have some free time on your plate, feel free to take a trip around the whole governorate as you observe the Palm trees covering the coast from Eastern Ras El Bar to Western Gamasa. There you can walk up to the Lighthouse where the River Nile meets the Mediterranean Sea.
Also, if you have a sweet tooth, you are literally in for a treat! You must try “Meshabek”, a Dumiaty delicacy and Feteer. Damietta is the Furniture Capital of Egypt, be sure to look around the wood workshops, maybe it’s time for you to finally upgrade that broken chair.
Located 246 km away from Cairo and is one of the most important governorates of Upper Egypt due to its location. It is often forgotten that Al Minya holds many of the important archaeological sites. While you are there, you can visit “Beni Hassan”, a small village in south of Al Minya, where you can encounter an rock-cut tombs belonging to the 11th- and 12th-dynasty, carved into the cliffs on the east bank of the Nile. If you are interested in experiencing a fairy tale of pharaonic times, do not miss visiting “Tal EL Amarna” , a place where Akhenaton and Nefertiti established their monotheistic Kindgom. The city is also known for its Religious affiliates. It holds “Dair al-Adhra”, a monastery where the holy family stayed in Egypt, as well as important ancient mosques including Egyptian Mosque and Al Foley Mosque. Be sure to try molasses or “black honey” as the city is well known for it.
Named after the victory over France’s King Louis IX during the Seventh Crusade. Be sure to take a stroll by the water or hop on a boat trip , this is one of the greatest ways to see the city’s waterfront. Famous for its architectural style, those interested in architecture are sure to find this city interesting. You can visit El-Shenawy Palace , an Italian architectural masterpiece, you will also be fascinated with the islamic architecture found in Al-Nasr Mosque and Al Mwafi Mosque. Bargain your way through “Al Khawaga Market” where you can find everything from clothes to homeware. If you are looking to buy some gold be sure to checkout the gold shops in El-Sikka El-Gedida. “El Baghl” is the locals favorite restaurant serving delicious foul and falafel.
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