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General Information About Esna

Esna is a city in Egypt located on the banks of the Nile River, in the governorate of Qena, fifty-five kilometers from Luxor. This city in the past was the ancient Iunyt, the capital of the Nome III of Upper Egypt. Then it was the capital of Hierakonpolis and later of Eileithyaspolis.

This small city is the starting point for most of the Nile cruises because the Esna lock is located there, a hydraulic work that allows you to overcome a drop of ten meters and makes it possible to cross from there to Aswan.

It has an arid climate with a warm winter, with temperature fluctuations between day and night, and a summer in which temperatures often exceed forty degrees.

The most prominent site of interest in Esna is the Temple of Khnum, an Ancient Egyptian sanctuary dedicated to Khnum, who was worshiped as the creator God in southern Egypt and Nubia.

The History of Esna

In the times of Ancient Egypt, the city of Esna was called “Jwnj.t”, however, there is very little information about these times. If there is one from the Ptolemaic era, when the city began to be called Latópolis, it is believed that because of the abundance of the Lates niloticus fish in the area.

Records of the following period, during Roman domination, are also preserved thanks to architectural ruins and archaeological finds. The most important traces of these times are the remains of the Jnum temple.

During medieval times, Esna was under Arab domination, as this city was an important point on the routes that connected the Red Sea and the Western Desert Oases. Several buildings remain from this period, including the Al-Qīsāriyya market, which is still very active today.

Esna Highlights

What to Eat If You Travel to Esna

Esna is a great destination for those who enjoy good food, since its great gastronomic offer will allow you to get to know the best of Egyptian cuisine and enjoy discovering a culture based on its flavors.

In its typical dishes you will find a combination of colors, textures, aromas and tastes that perfectly reflects the intertwined culture of Egypt, since the influences of the different peoples that inhabited this land can be appreciated in each of its delicacies.

One dish that we recommend you try is Warak Enab, a roll made with grape leaves and stuffed with rice, meat, tomato and onion, seasoned with basil and cinnamon. An aromatic delight that you cannot stop trying.

Likewise, we invite you to try Fuul Medames, a dish made from cooked and mashed beans until they form a puree, which is inserted into pita bread. Sometimes to this dish with slices of boiled egg and beans seasoned with pepper and cumin.

Finally, another salty dish that we recommend is the Kushari, a meal that has pasta, rice, chickpeas, lentils, tomato sauce with spices, garlic and vinegar, a hearty dish to recharge your batteries after a busy day exploring beautiful Esna.

As for dessert, you can't miss a delicacy to test the most demanding palates: Konafa, thin rolled dough, filled with cream, soft cheese and nuts.

To accompany your meals or quench your thirst you will find a delicious variety of teas, juices and coffee.

Some Cultural Aspects of Esna

Esna is one of the most spectacular destinations to visit, not only because of the beauty of this exotic land but also because of its historical interest, since different civilizations passed through this city and that has left great cultural remnants, both in its customs and flavors and in its culture, architecture and traditions.

However, to make your visit the best we tell you about some issues that you should take into account. To begin, you should know the main religion: Islam. For this reason you will find that many of their customs are crossed by Islamic culture.

Because of that you will find that people, and especially women, abide by certain dress codes, such as the use of a veil that covers their hair and part of their face.

If you want to see the main attractions of this city, especially those of a religious nature, you will also need to dress in this way, so we recommend that you wear clothes that cover your legs and arms and bring a scarf to cover your hair.

Also, you should know that it is customary in a large part of Egypt when visiting someone to bring them a present, so if you make friends, prepare a small gift before going to their house.

Finally, if you are going to eat at a restaurant, take food with your right hand, do not finish your plate unless you want to be served more and do not forget to praise the food.

The Temple of Khnum in Esna

The Khnum temple, in Esna, is the most important trace of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods and the jewel of the city thanks to its historical and architectural value, which attracts the most curious researchers and tourists from all over the world.

This sanctuary was dedicated to the worship of Jnum, the creator God, and it is believed that it was built on top of another pre-existing temple. His remains remained buried under the sand until the 19th century, when they began to be unearthed.

The best preserved part of the temple is the Hypostyle Room, a work begun under the rule of the Emperor Tiberius, continued by Claudius and Vespasian. This presents decorations from the times of Domitian, Trajan and Hadrian.

There, you can admire twenty-four thirteen-meter-high columns with beautiful lotus-shaped capitals, which support an architrave ceiling. In the bas-reliefs on this ceiling and on the walls you can see different scenes of the gods and the pharaoh's hunt.

Also, hieroglyphics with hymns to Khnum, a festival calendar, astronomical scenes and zodiac signs can be seen. Even the deity Khnum represented with the head of a ram is observed.

This temple was connected to the Nile through a ceremonial path. This was so because the deity Khnum was closely associated with the river, especially with the mud around it, especially with the one that formed after the floods,

This is explained from the fact that Jnum was in charge of creation and it was believed that he modeled human beings with this mud.

Other Sites of Interest in Esna 

In addition to the famous Jnum Temple, Esna has other attractions worthy of being included in any itinerary. Here we mention some of them so that you do not miss anything during your trip to Esna:

  1. Al-Qisariyya. This fascinating market is located where the ceremonial passage used to be and dates back to the Arab period. There, you will find a large number of stalls with local crafts and products. Thanks to its latest renovation you will find that it is a much more orderly bazaar than other Egyptian cities.
  2. The Monastery of the Martyrs. Located on the outskirts of Esna, is this Monastery whose origins date back to the 5th and 6th centuries, and it is a religious site in the Nile Valley of great renown among the Coptic Egyptians, an ethnoreligious group from North Africa.
  3. Al Amari Mosque. It is a Mosque that despite having been rebuilt in the sixties, still preserves the best architectural record of the medieval era in the city. This imposing construction has an appearance that resembles a maritime lighthouse and is undoubtedly a monumental jewel that you cannot miss during your trip.

Shopping in Esna, Egypt

If you are planning a trip to Esna, Egypt, and you are one of those who enjoy shopping and bring back souvenirs from your trip or a nice present for those who await your return, you should know that in the Al-Qīsāriyya market you will find items for all pleasures.

A great option is the typical clothing of the place, which you will find in many colors and with the finest finishes. Also, you can get handmade statuettes, ancient stones, mother-of-pearl boxes, incense and seasonings to replicate the exotic flavors of Egypt in your own home.

Of course, do not forget to haggle the prices, as you will find that this is a very established custom in the region and, in fact, the initial prices of the products are higher than what is expected to be paid for them.

How to Get to Esna

To get to Esna you will find different options. One of the most comfortable will be by car, so renting a car or booking private transfers from Greca are the best alternatives. This city is close to others such as Luxor or Edfu and the distance by car is a few hours.

You can also get to Esna by boat, hiring one of Greca's Nile cruises. Or depart from Esna, after arriving there from the airport, and start your adventure along the most famous river in Africa in this city.

Also, Esna has a railway station, so you can take the train into account.

The options to organize your itinerary are multiple, so you will be able to access Esna and its places of interest without much difficulty. Without a doubt, Greca's private transfers are the most tailored option for all types of trips, since you can coordinate with the agency according to your needs.

What to See and Do in Esna

Esna is a great destination for the most curious travelers, since its archaeological ruins and its architectural jewels from the different periods of its history make this destination an incredible place to soak up the mysteries of the past.

In turn, due to its proximity to cities such as Luxor and Edfu, many tourists combine these destinations with their trip to Esna.

Do you want to know about the Jnum Temple and its incredible history? Would you like to be amazed by the Esna lock? Do you want to enjoy exquisite cuisine in this mythical land?

In that case, book your trip to Esna right now. You can build your trip around Esna with Greca according to your preferences and needs. Make your dreams come true today and travel to Esna!

01
How much does it cost to eat in Esna?

This will depend on the type of trip you want to take, as you will find more luxurious options and also those that fit a more moderate budget. A meal in a cheap restaurant can be around 3 dollars.

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What is the cheapest time to visit Esna?

February is the cheapest month to fly to Esna. During this month the season is low.

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What is the best time to travel to Esna?

We recommend that you visit Esna between the months of February to May and from September to November, when the weather will not interfere with your journey.

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What are the requirements to visit Esna?

You must have a 6-month passport to enter Egypt and in the case of several countries with a visa. A valid international vaccination certificate is also needed in the case of having transited through a country with yellow fever.

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