|Pack of cigarettes||$2.10|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$1.40|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$139.92|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$69.96|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$139.92|
Tanta, a city lying between Cairo and Alexandria is situated in the El Gharberya, Egypt. It is also known as El Badawi City. The city is also popular for its sweets eaten during the celebration of Mulid, an Egypt Muslim festival honoring Ahmad al-Badawi, an Egypt Sufi Saint.
The best time to come to Tanta is during the celebration of Mulid where the main streets of Tanta is overflowing with decorations and stalls selling different popular Tanta Sweets. Guests with Cheap flights to Tanta are treated to a carnival-like celebration of the Mulid where there is large street procession and distributions of foods among guests and the poor.
It is common to find homes setting breakfast table for the poor or passers-by during Mulid festival. These breakfast tables are filled with Aish Merahrah which is a flat and wide loaf of bread made from ground fenugreek seed and maize. The bread is washed down with Koshary or Saiidi Tea and Egyptian or Turkish coffee.
During the Mulid festivals, hotels in Tanta which are small and budget hotels are fully booked as guests are treated to special Egyptian lunch. Delicious Egyptian dishes like Fatta, Ful Medames, Fessekh (done by Fesszekh experts) Halava, konafah and Kushari are served to tourists. Guests with cheap flights to Tanta are also treated with abundance of Egyptian special homemade white soft cheese called Gobna Domiati.
There are other things to do in the city of Tanta besides joining the carnival-like festival of Malid. A walking tour around the city will allow you to pass houses still made of bricks which are either baked or sun-dried .The almost biblical -setting of the city will allow you to walk in unpaved roads, seeing water pumps and wells, camels instead of motor vehicles and meeting people in their colorful traditional clothing and curiosity.
To reach Tanta, you have to take a two-hour train ride from Cairo to El Monya and take the bus going to Mallawi which is the fastest and cheapest route.
Tanta is an Egyptian city still clinging to the Egyptian traditional way of living. Cotton harvesting is still done by hand, farmers still use traditional agricultural tools like Archimedean screw and people built their houses with baked or sun-dried bricks. All of these make the city a must-see tourist destination.