Mansoura is a town in Lower Egypt. This Nile delta town is virtually unknown to tourists.
The easiest way to get to Mansoura, especially from Cairo or Alexandria, is by train. First class cars are usually not available, but second class cabins are air-conditioned and generally very clean and comfortable. Prices and times very. Check the Egypt Rail website for prices and schedules. If you prefer to take a bus, you can either take a "Superjet" bus from Cairo's El Ollaly station (9 LE) or from Alexandria's SeedyGaber Station (13 LE). The journey time is 2 hours from Cairo and 3.5 hours from Alexandria. Authentic scenes of rural Egypt can be seen on the way. If you really love saving money or want the true Egyptian experience, you can always take a microbus or Peugeot from any other city in the Delta.
Mansoura is divided into two main sections: Hai Gharbaya and Hai Sharqia. The most convenient way to get around is by taxi. Within each section, expect to pay 2-3 LE for most journeys. If travelling from one section to another, or during times of heavy traffic, expect to pay upwards of 5 LE. More passengers may also increase the price. Taxi meters are not used. To get a cab, flag one of the numerous maroon and white cars down at the roadside and shout "tax." While most taxi drivers do speak at least some English, it's helpful to know the name of your destination in Arabic. Enjoy the ride.
Visit "Dar Ebn lokman", the house of Louis IX of France during his capture in Mansoura. Walk by the mansoura Nile on 'kornish almansoura' or 'almasheya. Take a short boat ride through the Nile to the neighbouring city of Talkha. Visit "Gezirat El-Ward" public garden. You can also take a look at any of the private social clubs in Mansoura "Geziret El-Ward", "El-Hawar" or "Mansoura Stadium".
Mansoura is where King Louis IX of France was captured and ransomed. His prison is the house of a judge called ibn Lokman. So the place is called Dar (house) Ibn Lokman. (located in Portsaid st.) can be visited here. On show are some artifacts and paintings, including his cell toilet.
Food hygiene standards are somewhat lacking. Avoid all unsealed foods and you will avoid food poisoning. A variety of Western, and some local, fast food outlets serve food to the rich in the Gam'a (University) district of town. These provide familiar and safer food that is unlikely to be any less healthy than what the locals eat. Fat is added in enormous quantities to most local food. There are great, clean and really fantastic fast food restaurants like; CookDoor, Mo'men, KFC, Dominos and Pizza Hut. All of them in the University district.
You may also try one of the local restaurants:
If you are looking for desserts, try "El-Baroun" or "La poire" at the University "El-Gam'a" district.
Hygiene standards are moderate. Stick to canned and bottled drinks. Tapwater is not guaranteed safe; it may be better to use mineral water or tapwater that has been passed through a filter. Mineral waterand canned juices are widely available. Be aware that in Mansoura, like most non-tourist Egyptian cities, alcoholic bevarages are uncommon except in hotels and a few restaurants.
Accommodation is scarce. This is because tourism is not a local industry. There are a few hotels in town and they are known to all locals. Just ask about:
Mansoura is home for the prestigious public Mansoura University, ranked 3rd in Egypt. The University is especially famous for the School of Medicine and a number of medical centers. Several public and private Languages schools exist, a couple offer IGCSE and American diploma qualifications.
Mansoura is somewhat a conservative city and foreigners are not common. So, take care, mini skirts, shorts and skimpy tops will get you stared at twice as much as normal. Public drunkness is not welcomed by most of the conservative community. However, alcoholic beverages are accepted by the less strict Muslims or Christians and are available at the two main hotels and a few restaurants.
Should you need a copy centre for print outs and the like, look for them at the University District.
The Gizirt El Ward Sports Club is where the upper classes of Mansoura spend their weekends. Again, just ask. It is known to everyone. The club is only worth visiting to get a better understanding of the culture and fashions. There is little to do there for the tourist. Entertainment venues are rare in Mansoura. Another activity could be a visit to an Ahwa (Cafe). This can be done more safely and with less hassle in Cairo however, where foreigners are not as much of a novelty.
Be aware that transportation can be an inconvenience owing to Mansoura being very crowded.