Massawa, about 100 kilometres from Asmara, couldn’t be any more different from the capital if it tried.
It’s so much fun to stroll through the streets and alleys, discovering all the small porticoes, arcades, and whitewashed buildings tucked here and there.
Much of the city was destroyed in the war for independence, and restoration is a slow process.
The town sits right on the coast and the overall vibe here is rather relaxed.
Don’t miss the houses made out of coral or the Ottoman bazaar.