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Eritrea Travel Guide

Eritrea — Attractions

Eritrea is filled with many interesting attractions, ranging from hidden archaeological sites to old colonial towns to stunning natural wonders, coastal strips and islands. Organized tours and advanced plans with trusted local operators are important if you want to enjoy a pleasurable and hassle-free trip around the country. Be sure to include the beautiful capital city and its villages in your itinerary, as well as the superb beaches on the Red Sea Coast.

Asmara

The capital has retained its 19th century charm, thanks to its collection of old colonial buildings. Among the most imposing buildings in the city is the Cathedral (1922), located an arm’s length away from the lively market area. The largest mosque in the country is also found here, known as the Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin Mosque. Along the main thoroughfare of the city (National Avenue) are numerous cafés and bars, along with local landmarks like the Asmara Theatre, the town hall, the beautiful Nda Mariam Catholic Cathedral, and Ghibi Palace, where the National Museum is located.
Address: Asmara, Eritrea
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Akordat

If you can’t get enough of colonial architecture in the capital, you can head to Akordat for a second helping. The town is known for its interesting Turkish and Egyptian-inspired designs and is home to archaeological sites like Rora Habab, Qohaito Metera and the tomb of Said Mustafa wad Hasan, all of which have been nominated for recognition as World Heritage Sites.
Address: Akordat, Eritrea
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Emberemi

Emberemi is another must-see town located on the eastern coast, especially for pilgrims to the mausoleums of Muhammad Ibn Ali and Sheikh el Amin.
Address: Emberemi, Eritrea
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Massawa

Massawa is the second most important city in Eritrea, consisting of two islands (Tualud and Batse) and the mainland. Despite civil war damage to old town Baste and the port, the most important structures have been preserved. Be sure to see architectural marvels like the Iman Hanbeli Mosque. Tualud is known for its fine Italian buildings, such as St. Mariam Cathedral and the badly damaged yet still commanding Ghibi palace.
Address: Massawa Island, Eritrea
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Eritrean Beaches

The coastal area is a popular adventure spot, especially in the city of Assep and the Province of Denkalia in the southeast. Among the most pleasant beaches are Buri Peninsula, Gugussum, Zula Bay, Mersa Ibrahim, Mersa Gulbub, and Ras Kuba.
Address: Eritrea
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Dahlak Archipelago

This whole archipelago is a national park consisting of more than 200 islands with spectacular flat reef gardens, great scuba diving and snorkeling spots. However, a permit is needed to venture into this part of Eritrea so be sure to plan well in advance.
Address: Dahlak Archipelago, Eritrea
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Debre Bizen Monastery

This glorious monastery can be reached by a scenic drive on the famous Asmara Keren Road. The 65-mile trek descends from 8,000 ft down to sea level, with breathtaking hairpin bends and rewarding views of the superb coastal desert strip. This trail passes the famed Monastery of Debre Bizen and you can continue on to the awe-inspiring religious sites of Mariam de Arit and the tomb of Said Abu Bakr el Mirgani.
Address: Asmara-Keren Road, Eritrea
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