Port Said

066 / pop 539,000

With its wooden buildings and Escher-like labyrinth of condemned balconies Port Said is a ramshackle town that nonetheless retains a colonial charm. An obligatory stop for cruise liners using the canal, Port Said is accustomed to visitors. Chances are you'll be waved into Woolworths near the ferry terminal - a quaint 19th-century building of more interest than its wares.

Banque du Caire and National Bank of Egypt have ATMs and you can change travellers cheques at Thomas Cook ((0 322 7559; S 8am-4.30pm), next to the petrol station. On Sharia Palestine you'll find Amex (® 9am-2pm & 6.30-8pm Sun-Thu), the main post office (S8.30am-2.30pm), telephone centrales (® 24hr) and a helpful tourist office ((D 3235289; S 9am-6pm Sat-Thu,9am-2pm Fri). Internet access is available from Compu.Net (per hr E£3; S 9am-midnight), opposite the main post office.

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