1 Ship-watching on the Suez Canal

International ferries and supertankers are among the many giant ships that ply the 163km-long Suez Canal, which remains an important trade link between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

2 Ismailiya

This European-style garden city was constructed for the foreign employees of the Suez Canal Company, and some of Ismailiya’s leafy boulevards lined with colonial villas still look much as they did in the 1930s.

3 Limbo Festival

Not what you might assume, this fascinating festival is held annually in Ismailiya a week after Easter and involves locals burning dolls symbolizing pet hates – footballers and politicians are popular targets.

4 Colonial architecture

Port Said’s crumbling but atmospheric nineteenth-century townhouses highlight the city’s blend of French, British and Italian influences – some of the timber-porched buildings even have a touch of New Orleans about them.

Travel offers; book through Rough Guides

Egypt features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

7 amazing African journeys

7 amazing African journeys

Africa is a continent of wild open savannahs, terracotta sunsets, thousands of vibrant green hills and rugged coastlines. Here, you can be chugging along on …

06 Jul 2016 • Harriet Constable insert_drive_file Article
12 captivating pictures of Egypt

12 captivating pictures of Egypt

Rough Guides author and photographer Anthon Jackson has travelled to over eighty countries, from Morocco to Indonesia and Ethiopia to India, capturing many of h…

16 Mar 2015 • Anthon Jackson insert_drive_file Article
Video: things not to miss in Egypt

Video: things not to miss in Egypt

The oldest tourist destination on Earth, Egypt has a multitude of things to see and do. There are ancient pyramids, crumbling temples and vast deserts to explor…

13 Jan 2015 • Site Editor videocam Video
View more featureschevron_right

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month