For almost 3 decades, The Palm Press published guidebooks and maps of Egypt. Browse our clear, lively and authoritative publications here.

The Pyramids and Sphinx
at Giza


For thousands of years, the Pyramds and Sphinx have drawn travellers and scholars who marvelled at these, the most famous mouments in the world, and returned with tales of magic and treasure. Today, many questions can be answered regarding why and how these extraordinary structures were built. The author and her husband are archeologists who have lived and worked in Egypt for a long time, maintaining a particular interet in the pyramids at Giza.

This book gives a brief history of Egypt around the time the pyamids were built, then looks at their purpose and construction. There is a detailed tour of monuments with helpful new maps and plans. Richly-illustrated with many full-colour photographs, this guidebook makes the ideal souvenir of your visit.

Maadi 1904-1962
Society & history in a
Cairo suburb


The history of one district can tell you much about the history of a whole country – such is the case with the Cairo suburb of Maadi.

Maadi 1904-1962 is a fascinating account of a planned suburban paradise where events of world importance were mirrored in the everyday lives of residents durin this turbulent period of Egyptian history.

District Maps of Cairo

These detailed, large scale, up-to-date maps of Heliopolis, Al-Maadi and Al-Zamalek, Madinit Nasr, Giza, and downtown Cairo offer useful information about the best known districts in Greater Cairo and their points of interest. Printed in full color, each includes a detailed index to streets and historical background notes.

Our Heliopolis Map is the only guide-map to Heliopolis available in folded form and is the only one to provide such wide coverage together with comprehensive index to the district streets. It provides a 700-street index, guide to restaurants, clubs, hotels and amenities.

The Maadi-Map provides a detailed map with history, a 400 street index guide to restaurants, clubs, hotels and shopping.

Pictorial Maps
In English/German and French/Italian

Sinai and the Red Sea Map: Egypt's Red Sea and Sinai coasts can be seen at a glance on this fold-out map. This is a map of the other Egypt, not the Egypt of great monuments but that of high mountains, pristine beaches and the crystal water of the Red Sea, with its teeming reefs and playful dolphins. A tantalising glimpse af the wildlife is shown togeher with detailed notes on historical sites of importance to Muslims, Jews and Christians alike.

Nile Map: The Nile Valley and Delta offers the reader a clear and accessible map showing Egypt's historical sites, towns and cities. Easily carried yet comprehensive, the map also offers a historical overview of major ancient sites along with more recent developments in the Nile Valley and the Delta.
Cairo A-ZCairo A-Z

Cairo A-Z now includes over 150 pages of colour maps, a 6000-street index, revised and updated and new Cairo Guide.

Cairo A-Z is the only guide-map to Cairo available in book form, and the only one to provide such wide coverage together with a comprehensive index to the city's streets. It is the fourth edition of our full-color complete streetfinder of greater Cairo. It includes detais of areas the Islamic monuments, a brief guide for the visitor and a 36-page section of useful addresses and telephone numbers. It is the most detailed and up-to-date map of the Egyptian capital ever published.

Cairo A-ZThe Citadel of Cairo

For 800 years, the citadel was the political hub of Cairo. Functioning both as military stronghold and elevated royal city, the fortress was the stage on which the rulers of Egypt acted out bloody dramas of power and ambition. From its foundation by Salah ad-Din during the Crusades until British troops withdrew in 1946, the citadel symbolized the dominion of slave kings, pashas and colonial governors. Here lived Shagar ad-Durr, Egypt's only woman sultan, an-Nasr Muhammad with his harim of 1200 concubines, the French force of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Muhammad Ali, who forged the modern state of Egypt.

THE CITADEL OF CAIRO is at once a concise history of Egypt from the Arab conquest until the 1952 Revolution, and a fascinating account of one of the greatest fortresses in the world.

It contains a step-by-step guide to the Citadel's many mosques, palaces, museums and fortifications. Ritchly illustrated with color photographs, historical prints and detailed plans, including a unique, fold-out map of the entire fortress, this book offers the visitor the most comprehensive and accurate introduction to the citadel ever published.

Cairo A-ZNubian Architecture

“A miracle in architecture passed all but unnoticed until the time had come for it to disappear. This happened in Nubia in 1933, when the Aswan Dam was elevated fot the second time and all the villages of Nubia were to be subruged.” Thus the late Prof. Hassan Fathy introduces this fascinating book in which Omar El-Hakim tells the strory of the rebirth of Nubian village architecture after the raising of the Aswan High Dam.