Suez (1 of 1)
Balmy, bustling Suez sprawls around the shores of the gulf where the Red Sea meets the southern entrance of the Suez Canal. Although it was heavily damaged during the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel, little evidence of the devastation remains. Of course, the rebuilt main streets are mostly a facade hiding a maze of ramshackle backstreet neighbourhoods. However, Suez remains one of the best places in the region to view colossal cargo ships gliding through the canal. Viewed from afar, they appear to be ploughing through the desert, a surreal and unforgettable sight.
The Suez Canal is truly one of the world's greatest engineering marvels. Slicing through the sands of the Isthmus of Suez, the canal separates mainland Egypt from the Sinai Peninsula as well as Africa from Asia. At 163km in length, the Suez Canal facilitates the transit of more than 20,000 ships a year between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and serves as the lifeline of the Egyptian economy.