Nestled in the Horn of Africa is Eritrea. This small country of roughly six million people is bordered by Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, and the Red Sea. Despite a slew of challenges like a poor economy and political repression, and despite difficulties in travelling there (a permit is required if you want to leave the capital), Eritrea is still one of the most awe-inspiring countries in the Horn.
You’ll find a multi-ethnic country, with nine distinct groups and influences from Abyssinia, Mediterranean, and Arab cultures. Basically untouched by development and tourism, this country offers beaches, reefs, archipelagos, culture, religion, archaeology, and natural beauty. The name Eritrea comes from a Greek word meaning ‘Red Sea,’ and visitors here will love unlocking the country’s many secret places.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Eritrea:
There are two sides to this capital city. The first things you’ll notice are the lovely walking neighbourhoods, street cafes with delicious Italian coffee, dozens of pastry shops, and a slow pace about town.
In short, you’ll feel like you’ve just arrived at a small village somewhere in Italy. But the flip side of this beauty includes some harsh economic conditions like power cuts, deserted streets, and slow business. Despite the two extremes, Asmara is one of the most congenial cities that you’re likely to visit in Africa.
You’ll also find the most concentrated collection of Modernist architecture in the world. ost of the historic area has remained untouched since its conception in the 1930’s when Mussolini had his eye on Ethiopia.
Combine the history, architecture, friendly locals, and eight months of sunshine each year, and you’ll come to love Asmara easily.