Welcome to Tanta
The largest city in the Delta, Tanta doesn't have much to actually see but is an easy place to sample provincial town life, as it’s accessible by good trains. It’s a major centre for Sufism, and home to a large mosque dedicated to Al Sayyed Ahmed Al Badawi, a Moroccan Sufi who fought the Crusaders in the 13th century. The moulid held in his honour follows the cotton harvest, usually held the last week in October. It is one of the biggest in Egypt, drawing crowds of more than a million people for the eight days of chanting, rituals and the sweets for which Tanta is best known.
If visiting during the moulid, prepare yourself for mayhem (women should not go alone as sexual harassment is rife) and book accommodation well in advance.