Tanta is the 5th largest city in Egypt.
The city is one of the oldest cultural and religious settlements in Egypt, and also home to a large and prestigious university, Tanta University.
Tanta is famous for the mosque and festivals of Sayed Ahmad al-Badawi, and also for the delicious sweets made in that area.
Minibuses and Peugeot shared taxis abound in other cities.
The easiest way to get around is by taxi. A ride will cost LE 1.5-2 for short distances, and may reach LE 3-4 for long distances at rush hours. Another option is to take one of the public minibuses.
The Ahmad Al-Badawi mosque and Al Azher schools were founded hundreds of years back. The sayed al-Badawi mosque is spectacular and can get very very crowded during the festival seasons. Gold and crystal chandeliers, impressive tile work, painted wood, and stained glass decorate this holy place in Tanta's downtown. You can certainly walk there from the train station, it's probably less than 1 km. There are custodians at the mosque to hold onto your bag or backpack while you are making the prayers or touring the mosque.
traditional sweets canes and wicker work peasant vests, underwear, and crocheted caps
Near the Mosque of Sayed al-Badawi, on one of the streets to the right side if you're facing the mosque, is a fuul and ta'amiya restaurant called Abu Sina. It's packed with locals eating the delicious fuul. For LE 10 LE, you get two plates of fuul, gargeer, babghanoush, tahini, ta'miyas, salad, tomatoes, potato salad, pickles, and one can of pop. Plus it was absolutely delicious!
You can also buy some delicious sweets from hallawyat masr or if you want to get some other eastern sweets go to adly sweets.
Rural conservatism is apparently on the decline, as one sees women and men in coffee shops, including near the main mosque. Enjoy a drink of karkadee or yansoon, in addition to the traditional tea or coffee.