Nestled in the Horn of Africa with beautiful beaches and islands on the coastal Red Sea, Eritrea is a major travel destination in East Africa. Though its soaring relationship with Ethiopia affected the country’s tourism inflow, Eritrea attracts many by bestowing its historical and natural appeal. Here in Jaunt Monkey’s Eritrea Travel Guide, we are presenting a few useful tips, travel experiences, and Eritrea attractions.
Eritrea has its borders with Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Sudan. Some of the awe inspiring natural beauties including beaches, reefs, islands, mountains, and geographical depressions, can inspire even those with least passion for travel. Follow our Eritrea travel guide for the newest updates on Eritrea travel tips and Eritrea travel experiences.
Basics: Eritrea Travel Guide
Capital of Eritrea: Asmara
Currency: Eritrean nakfa
Largest city: Asmara
National language(s): Tigrinya
Best time to visit Ethiopia: September to February is the best time to visit Eritrea. However, when visiting lower lands, it is better to consider November to March as the best time.
These days, African nations are giving tough competition to their European counterparts when it comes to tourism. Eritrea, a tiny nation located in East Africa along the coasts of Red Sea, is a new entrant in this field. A country with a tumultuous past, Eritrea attained independent existence only in the recent past. Nevertheless, if what you want is an offbeat destination untouched by commercial tourism, Eritrea is for you.
Capital city Asmara is a wonderland in itself. Eritrea was once an Italian colony and Asmara is the living example of those influences. With streets lined with cafes and pastry shops, Asmara is an idyllic city with a laidback approach. Art deco buildings built by Italian colonists adorn the place. A city which has been described by UNESCO as ‘exceptional example of modernist urbanism’, wouldn’t you love to walk along those roads?
The ancient port city of Massawa is another place where you get remnants of Italian architecture. The place was once called ‘Pearl of Red Sea’. Dahlak archipelago with its spectacular beauty is something that steals your heart. Yacht cruises are popular here, so hop on to a yacht and splash the waters of Red Sea, listening to the cries of sea birds!
Eritrea is not your conventional tourist spot and there are travel restrictions for moving out of Asmara, but it is surely worth a try for those who love traversing to intriguing places.
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