Port Said is a city located on the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and vibrant port, which is one of the busiest in the country.

In addition to its natural beauty, Port Said is also home to a number of historical and cultural attractions, including the Citadel, a fortified hill that offers panoramic views of the city, and the Museum of Antiquities, which houses a collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt.


Ferdinand de Lesseps monument on the tourist jetty
French sailors and Indian troops at Port Said in 1914
Postcard of the Arab quarter of Port Said
The office of the Suez Canal Company in Port Said built in 1893

Port Said was founded by Said of Egypt on Easter Monday, April 25, 1859, when Ferdinand de Lesseps gave the first symbolic swing of the pickaxe to signal the beginning of construction. The first problem encountered was the difficulty for ships to drop anchor nearby. Luckily, a single rocky outcrop flush with the shoreline was discovered a few hundred meters away. Equipped with a wooden wharf, it served as a mooring berth for the boats. Soon after, a wooden jetty was built. Connecting the departure islet, as it quickly became known, to the beach. This rock is the heart of the developing city, and it was on this highly symbolic site, forty years later, that a monument to de Lesseps.

Port Said is also a popular destination for traditional Egyptian cuisine, with a number of local restaurants and cafes serving up delicious dishes such as koshari, ful medames, and shakshuka.


Overall, Port Said is a unique and stunning destination that offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors. Its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and rich cultural and historical heritage make it a must-see destination for anyone visiting Egypt.