Eritrea, officially the State of Eritrea, is a country located in the Horn of Africa, the pointed edge of Africa's eastern territories. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, with some extensive coastline along the Red Sea, across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
The nation has an approximate land area of 117,600 square kilometres, including the Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands. The name of the country is based on the Greek name for the Red Sea – Erythra Thalassa – which was first adopted for Italian Eritrea in 1890. The country is a multi-cultural country with nine recognized ethnic groups, dividing its six million inhabitants. Among these ethnicities, the Tigray-Tigrinya people make up about 55%, with the Tigre people constituting 30% of the total population.
Previously, the country has experienced long warring times until its independence in 1993, only to plunge again in another military conflict with Yemen and then with its old adversary, Ethiopia. Today, the country stands with fragile peace and gigantic tasks to rebuild its economy and its infrastructure after almost three decades of fighting.
What to see & do
Ready for some off-beaten track adventure? Then Eritrea is the destination for you. Although the country's priorities are set in defeating its arch-enemy Ethiopia and that tourism is taking the backseat, Eritrea still has hidden gems that are ready to join the world bout of natural beauties and cultural wonders. Want to know more? Come and see for yourself – since you won't find much information on the Internet.
Asmara Historic Perimeter – the city centre of Asmara is on its own, the centre of the world in terms of cleanness, tranquility, and architectural beauty. It is so lovely you wouldn't think that its government is under strain due to the continuing wars, and that you'd rather enjoy yourself as you walk around. Note the public buildings, villas, and mansions that are inspired by the concept of Art Deco or Decorative Art – ranging from Futuristic applications to Rationalist deliveries. The designs of the buildings around the center are very unique, and facades are catchy enough. Some are majestic, while others are exotic.
Asmara Cathedral – the Cathedral of Asmara is a sterling piece of Lombard-Romanesque architecture found at the heart of Eritrea, and is usually referred as the bearing point for lost travelers. Its bell tower reaches high into the sky, and its design reminiscent of Italy's occupation.
Fiat Tagliero - One of the very few futuristic architectural pieces ever built in the World, the Fiat Tagliero is an old service station designed to look like an airplane. It has two 70 ft cantilevered wings, acting as a cover for each side. It is a novelty to visit – just right at the centre of Asmara.
Hiking in Eritrea and other extreme sports – treading through the forests and peaks of Eritrea is a great activity to do especially when you're really into hiking and trekking. The views on an elevated platform are spectacular, although travelers are advised to bring their own gear as there are no rental bikes and a very limited supply of safety equipment (shoes, ropes, etc.) in Asmara.
How to get around within Eritrea
Minibuses and taxis are highly suggested modes of transport when going around Eritrea today. Although quite tricky for first time travelers, these modes are highly efficient and can get you to any destination within the city centre and around the country as well. If thinking of renting a car in the area, think again – prices are insanely expensive and fuel prices are even higher than Europe.
How to get there
Eritrea has two international airports, namely the Asmara International Airport in the capital Asmara, and the Massawa International Airport in the coastal city of Massawa. Both airports serve various flights going in, out, and around countries in Africa, with a few flights to the Middle East. Airlines that fly to the destination/s include EgyptAir, Eritrean Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Yemenia, and others. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide. Book flights using the website www.skyscanner.com or download the free Skyscanner app available for mobile devices.
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