Eritrea Things to Do

  • Shida Square, the sandal statue
    Shida Square, the sandal statue
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  • Shida Square, the sandal statue
    Shida Square, the sandal statue
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  • Recycling market, Asmara
    Recycling market, Asmara
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Eritrea Things to Do

  • Keren - The tranquil Hilltown

    You can visit Keren in a day from Asmara. The roads are good and there are places to stop to eat and drink on the way.Keren is worth a visit to see the camel market and the other market behind it, the old and new cathedrals and the surrounding hill villages along the route, as well as the 2nd world war graveyards.

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  • Humble yet Biutifull

    Now here is a diamond in the rough. Here is a place where you can still see war damage from its civil war, some amazing and biutifull buildings that were damaged and nearly destroyed, and yet the streets are surprizingly clean, the people are friendly, it was a great experince. and the beaches are very nice, you get the oportunity to swim in the...

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  • The Old Steam Railway Line

    The old steam railway line runs from Asmara to Massawa, on the red sea coast and uses the original old trains and track. The journey takes you through the beautiful mountain scenery and traditional villages.The line was built between 1873 and 1911 by the Italians and was restored in 2003. The original drivers, signalmen and railway workers were got...

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  • Massawa - Pearl of the Red Sea

    Massawa is a very run down in parts but despite that, has a certain charm and it is worth spending at least one night there.You can walk across the causeway and explore the Old Town on foot very easily with its dilapidated old ottoman style buildings along the sea front and the markets. There is a 17th century house made of coral in the old...

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  • Try the Local Food

    The local food in Eritrea is similar to the food in Ethiopia, and can be quite spicy. The Wat and Injera found all over Ethiopia is common in Eritrea too. This is a large doughy pancake with a spicy stew and is served on a special metal tray, placed on a basket table which everybody sits around to eat communally. The dough is rolled and dipped into...

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  • Asmara

    Eritrea's capital is its main attraction.While most African capitals are simply places to get through a quickly as possible, Asmara deserves a special trip in itself.It is a real gem architecturally, sometimes feeling more like a small, time-wrapped town in Italy than the modern capital of an African nation.Its climate is pleasantly cool and dry,...

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  • Massawa

    Eritrea's main port city, Massawa is just a short journey from Asmara yet it feels like a completely different world altogether.It is a typical, old-fashioned Arab trading port of the sort that is now very, very scarce along the coasts of East Africa and the Arabian peninsula. It is also the gatway to the Dahlak archipelago, easily the most...

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  • Keren

    The major town in Western Eritrea, Keren is just a three-hour-long bus-ride away from Asmara yet has a completely different feel to it once again.Although its centre does retain a collection of low-key, Medirreanean-style buildings, much of the town has a definitely North African feel to it, with camels wandering the streets and Tigre and Bilen...

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  • Keren's market

    I went to Keren's market and found it very lively and good. The jewelry part (silver, mostly) was probably along the line of what a tourist could be looking for. For myself I bought Barka sandals (see separate tip).

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  • "Must smell"-tip: coffee grinders and...

    Coffee is a material cultural icon of Eritrea. You will find very well prepared coffee of different varieties learnt from long times past (local brews) and from the Italians. I learnt to like macchiato here...In the back streets beyond and to the side of the Liberation Avenue are several small coffee shops where they sell the beans and will also...

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  • The Eritrean Railway

    The railway network in Eritrea doesn't really exist... but there was one and there is a reconstructed line. Here's the story:Asmara is nearly 2400 meters up in the air and with the port city of Massawa with its export-import facilities one big steep slope away. The Italian colonial masters completed a railway line here, zig-zagging the mountain in...

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  • (under construction) Eritran liberation...

    NB - draft stage!!!!Ethiopia/Haile Selassie: belongs to Ethiopia from times of Queen of SheebaPost 2nd ww federation w Ethiopia60' Italians in 40'ies, a degree of industrialisation, British invasion and mandateUN Commission: sea access for Ethiopia,federation 1952, and annexation 1962.ELF formed in '61 in opposition to federation and ethiopian...

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  • City recycling factory

    In Asmara, close to the city centre there is a factory yard where all sorts of scrap metal arrives and gets recycled. The innovativeness here is just fabulous, and should serve as a reminder to the rest of the world of how to take care of scarce resources. Ask some locals to take you there and see it.There may be something to buy also, made from...

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  • You must see the market in...

    You must see the market in Keren on monday morining. It takes 2 hours to go to Keren from Asmara.You must visit Asmara, the markets, the italian quarters.In Massawa, you have to see the old town...rather destroyed but still beautiful..no cars!see more on...

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