Eritrea Off The Beaten Path
This ancient Orthodox Christian monastery percehed high up in the mountains above the town of Nefasit is one of the most impressive in Eritrea. It can only be approached by a long uphill hike, and women are banned altogether. You also need to get a permit in Asmara before visiting. All this conspires to keep it well off the beaten track.See my...more
Eritrea's coastal "panhandle" leading towards Djibouti is one of the most desolate and hottest places on Earth. It is largely uninhabited, with the only sizeable town being the port of Assab.I found the desert scenery, enlivened by wildlife, beaches, and off-shore islands, awesome here, but unfortunately couldn't take photos to show it as I got no...more
The highlands south of Asmara towards the Ethiopian border are both the breadbasket of the country, and the cradle of her civilization.You will find Eritrea's most impressive archeoligical sites around Senafe, while the road towards Adi Quala goes through heavily cultivated, green flields.Unfortunately, I only took the latter route, and found green...more
The islets and islands of Dhalak must be some of the best island spots in the Red Sea. Largely undeveloped in any sense of the word due to war and economic crisis, it is rough to visit Dhalak, unless you have money to charter a boat with all supplies and to keep it while out there. You need to travel about two hours at full speed straight out from...more
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