If you want to go swimming and do not feel like jumping into the canal then Lake Timsah is another option. The “Crocodile Lake” what Timsah means in Arabic is a lake the canal is built through. There are no crocks any more and swimming is safe. To get there it a good idea to hire a bicycle or take a taxi as its about 12 km south of town. There are...more
The Suez Canal is certainly the main attraction of Ismailya! Its one of the worlds most important water ways. The idea of a canal connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Sea to avoid the passage around Southern Africa is very old but only during the 19th century the project was successfully finished. Its a nice and relaxing way to to spend a...more
Market area is typically Egyptian! Its dirty, busy, lively and full of interesting street scenes to observe. In this area there is also a taxi rank and a micro bus station "- these are microcosm of the surrounding neighbourhood, which features muddy, potholed streets, horn-honking maniacs and smoking piles of garbage!” (L.P.5th edition) Be careful...more
Enjoy the comparatively peaceful quarter east of the railway. The main square is Midan al Gomhuryya. The promenade is named Sharia Salah Salem and running along the sweet water canal. At night time this is the place where young Ismailyans stroll along with their beloved. Its a kind of a “love mile”!more
The Suez Canal is the very unnatural link between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea... unnatural but useful, as it makes a ship's way to India much shorter. The alternative would be to circumnavigare Africa!Whi had this brilliant idea? Many, including Napoleon... but the person who carried out was not him but another French man: Ferdinand de...more
One of the few other sights of Ismailia town is also connected with Ferdinand De Lesseps. In this case it's his carriage: it was once displayed inside his house garden, but recently it has been moved... it's now out in the streets for everyone to be seen - just around the corner from his house.more
It was one day trip to Ismailia, where fresh fishes, Shrimps and many other sea foods are brought fresh directly from the boats to tables after being cooked in delicious and professional wayThe restaurant is not in a so elegant Street of Ismailia, but the food is prepared very clean and very good tasted, place is in three floors ( almost 100 M Each...more
Among the expensive fish restaurants on the shore of Timsah Lake, there's this simple and little pizza place... it was empty, but somehow it looked inviting - so in we went! Amazing pizza! Really one of the best we have eaten abroad (the best one being still in Egypt, for the record)more
The main bus terminal is a couple of kilometres out of the centre and its worth taking a taxi to it. There are good connection to Hurgarda, Suez and Cairo.Cairo can easy be reached by train. There are several rolling to the capital throughout the day. Its a battle for surviving to get in or out 3rd class wagons.I´ve seen people exiting through...more
Are you a cargo-boat? No? Then you are not allowed to travel on the Suez Canal... however there's a way to cheat a little bit... there's a small passenger and car ferry in Ismailia, that drives you from one side of the canal to the other... and yes, you are crossing it while huge-cargo boats are passing, too. It's really worth it!more
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Local (meaning: rich people from mostly Cairo) holiday-makers and weekend trippers often have their second hom in high rise buildings along Timsah Lake, 12 kilometres from Ismailia.
The entire area is developed: there's an endless row of expensive restaurants and attractions - like a basic real-life luna park. Anywhere else it would be a tourist-trap, here's it's a local-trap-
Do you want to be a tourist? Do you want to take pictures of the Suez Canal?
Well, I wanted it...
Well, officially you are not allowed!
Unique Suggestions: Anyway this is Egypt, so basically it's simple... you pay a baksheesh and you can take all the tourist pics that you want.
Fun Alternatives: Don't take photos?
When you cross over the Suez Canal is Ismailia, and then enter the Sinai desert, passing the dozens of military camps, in the middle of nowhere you'll find the Tanks Battle Memorial of Abu Atwa. It was built to commemorate the tanks battle during the 1973-October war when the Israeli forces attacked Ismailia. The main piece of the memorial is a...more
This sporting village has facilities for several sports including swimming ,squash a games hall,and football.
There is a gymnasium which can also be used [for handball, volleyball or basketball] , sauna s- one for men and one for women- steam baths, and quite extensive grounds for walking or jogging around.
There are also 2 large conference halls that can hold 200 people.
The hotel has 140 twin-bedded rooms with en suite bathrooms.The food is excellent but tends to be rather repetitive. [ grilled fish, chicken, meat ,salads on offer daily]
The rooms are good, but the house maids like to experiment with their bedmaking decorations!
Ismailia is the capital of the Suez Canal area, and it's also called City of Gardens and Flowers... you can easily guess the reason. It's half-way between Cairo and Port Said, it's in the Sinai region, and it's located on the shore of Al-Temsah Lake. A temsah, by the way, is a crocodile - so maybe you might not want to swim in this lake.
Fondest memory: Ismailia
Ismailia, or at least part of it, is a beautiful colonial city, with old houses and wide avenues lined with trees. It was founded by
Khedive Ismail (hence the name) together with the construction of the canal - as a dormitory town. Today it's a city of 300000 people, and a popular tourist resort for rich people from Cairo. At the weekend, it's buzzing with life.