City of Fayed, Egypt
Fayed is a small town in the Ismailia governorate and is at a distance of 106 km from the capital city Cairo. The city of Fayed has gained popularity amongst the tourists owing to the many vacation homes and secondly owing to its proximity to Cairo. The place is also known by the name Fayid by some locals. Fayed is situated on banks of Lake Bitter between Ismailia and Suez. This resort area has many good and luxurious villas. The town is also known for its war cemetery as well as an air base that was used during the Second World War. A beautiful blend of green open spaces, palm trees, clear waters and sandy beaches makes it perfect for anyone who wishes to spend some time in relaxation far from the hustle and bustle of a crowded city.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Fayed is Cairo International Airport and one can hire a taxi from the airport to the resort. Most of the resorts also offer meet and assist service from the airport which can be free or chargeable. If a tourist plans to take a road journey they should get a rented car from Cairo as there are almost no car rentals in Fayed. The place can be visited any time of the year as the weather remains pleasant and sunny all throughout. Tuk-tuks are available for local travel.
City of Fayed has many vacation homes which are equipped with all the modern amenities and many also provide their guests with private beaches. Water sports are also provided by some of the resorts. There is also a Coptic retreat complex and the Coptic Christians can spend their vacation there with room free of charge. It is a good place for families but the waiting list can be long.
The Bitter Lake
The Great Bitter Lake is a tranquil spot and the interesting name of the lake comes from the fact that it is a saltwater lake. The lake is formed by the Suez Canal and serves as waiting area for ships and tankers as they travel along. The one thing which separates Fayed from other destinations is an absolute absence of traffic noise which is not seen in almost all places. The area around the lake is very green and lush with glittering water all around.
What to do
Fayed is a small town and does not offer a lot but for those who are interested in war history, there is one air base (which is no longer used) and a war cemetery. There are some good shops and food stalls along the road. One can also see the flip flops which are known as ship- ship in Arabic for sale. A square sail boat can be spotted in the canal and it is fairly unique in the sense that it is an ancient design (used by Pharaonic Egyptians) and is not used much these days.
Fayed War Cemetery
Fayed War Cemetery which opened in 1941 as the Geneifa War Cemetery served as the burial place for people who died in the military hospitals in this area. The last burials at this cemetery were done in 1955 when the Commonwealth forces were leaving the country. The war cemetery has 760 graves. This place is about 4 kms from the town centre and lies on a road connecting Ismailia-Suez road and the lakeshore. The white tombstones glittering in the sun is something worth watching and a remembrance of all those who lost their lives.
RAF Fayed is situated 23 kms of Ismailia and about 116 kms of Cairo. It was formerly a much used Royal Air Force airfield and was built prior to the Second World War. The airfield was later on used by Egyptian Air Force. The Egyptian Air Force used this base till 1980s but later a new Fayed air base was built some 3 km south to accommodate F-16 aircraft. Today this old airfield stands abandoned and holds just sand.
Other attractions near Fayed
Cairo, Suez, Ismailia and Port Said are major cities which are close to the city of Fayed. There are also many hills namely Jabal Shubrawit, Jabal al Qitt, and Jabal ash Shihabi. Ismailia is a good option for tourists who like to see collections from Roman, Greek, Pharaonic and Islamic collections in one place. There are many small villages within short distance from Ismailia which can prove as a good excursion option from Fayed.