Arriving in Aydhab, Ibn Battuta and his convoy realized the complexity of the political situation and the problems in crossing the Red Sea, hence they returned back to Cairo to take another route.
Esna is located about 34 miles south of Luxor and is a lovely town with a lot of historical importance. In the heart of the city is the Temple of Khnum. This archaeological site dates back to the Greek period. There are other Roman ruins in the city including Kom Meir and the temple of Chnum. Esna has a lively market that attracts travellers. The Emari Masjid in the city is one of the oldest masaajid in Egypt. The masjid has a unique Islamic architecture and has undergone renovation a number of times. Halal food is easily available in Esna and travellers can try out some delicious local cuisines.
Edfu is located between Esna and Aswan and is known for its Ptolemaic temple, which was built between 237 BCE and 57 BCE. About 50m west of this ancient temple is the old settlement of Edfu. A lot of excavation is going on at the site of the ancient city. The main Masjid in the city is the Hoda-el-Islam Masjid. Edfu is located about 65 miles south of Luxor and has sugar and pottery factories. The Temple of Horus is the main site to see in Edfu. The markets of Edfu are amazing. Travellers love moving around the colourful markets and can buy a range of items and souvenirs.
In 1326 travelling from Edfu, Ibn Battuta along with his convoy reached the port city of Aydhab after fifteen days. Back in the ancient days, Aydhab was an important port on the Red Sea. Today the city is located in the disputed site of the Hala'ib triangle. The city was occupied by, the Beja before it was taken over by, Fatimid in the 10th century. The city served as an important destination for pilgrims travelling to perform Hajj from Africa to Makkah. Today the port no longer exists and the town is an abandoned site.