Port Suez Port is a gateway for passengers visiting Cairo, as well as some of the Red Sea resorts further to the south such as Ismailia. It originally began is a major port associated with the spice trade. Today, many Muslim pilgrims traveling to Mecca pass through this port. Most cruise ships dock at Port Ibrahim. Taxis are normally waiting at the port to take you wherever you'd like to go. An excursion arranged through your cruise line might offer the best value, and is usually the safest, as tour buses have armed security.
There aren't very many shopping opportunities in Suez itself. Cairo or one of the resort towns offers the best shopping. In Cairo, the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar shouldn't be missed. It's a very busy, colorful collection of vendors selling almost everything.
If you'd like to stay a little closer to Suez, you'll find gift shops selling souvenirs at nearby resort locations like Adabiya Bay and Ismailia.
Things to See
The top attractions right in Suez are the former home of Anwar Sadat, an impressive structure, and the Hamza Mosque with its tall minarets.
Cairo is one of the top destinations for passengers at Port Suez, and is a 1 1/2 hr. drive away. The Pyramids in Giza are at the top of most visitors' to-do lists. You also won't want to miss the statue of Ramses II or the tombs in Memphis and Saqqara. The Museum of Antiquities has one of the world's finest collections.
The Sinai area isn't too far from here, about a half hours' drive away. Mt. Sinai is the site traditionally associated with the giving of the Ten Commandments. A monastery at the base of the mountain, St. Catharine's, is home to a "burning bush" plant thought to be thousands of years old.
Some of the nicest Red Sea beaches are within about 10 miles of the port. The climate is warm and dry all year, so there's never really a bad time to visit the beaches here. Divers enjoy the lovely coral reefs. The closest beaches are Cabanon, Adabiya Bay, and Ain Sokhna.
Restaurants and Bars
Outside of some places offered inside local hotels, most of the restaurants are found in the resort towns or Cairo. Most dishes will be Middle Eastern in style, with lots of kebabs, bean dishes, and hummus. Several restaurants do serve alcohol.
The two most popular options in Suez itself are the Fish Restaurant, which serves fresh seafood, and the White House Hotel Restaurant, which serves steakhouse-style meals. If you prefer not to make the trip to Cairo, Ismailia offers some good restaurants. Nefertiti's Restaurant offers some good Egyptian cuisine at very reasonable prices. Simply Pizza is a small pizzeria that offers a great variety of pizzas. The main food market in Ismailia has a number of stalls that prepare quick-serve dishes. The most popular bar in the Suez area is the bar inside the White House Hotel.