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Eritrea is a surprisingly easy country to visit. After the many years of war with Ethiopia I expected a war-torn downtrodden country, but was surprised to see how quickly it has rebuilt itself into a vibrant, safe and friendly place.
Asmara is charming and combines modern architecture with the art deco buildings built in the era of the Italian occupation. There is plenty to see and do there and the hotel accomodation is good - if you want five star you can get it. Things to see in Asmara include the cathedral and the mosque, the market, recycling market and tank cemetery. More details here
The Old Steam Railway built by the Italians and completed in 1911 runs from Asmara to Massawa on the Red Sea . It was closed in 1975 by the Ethiopians until 2003 when it was re-opened with the old track and the trains restored to working order. It is a great way to see the countryside and the remote villages.


Keren is easy to get to from Asmara and is a very pleasant hill town with an old and new cathedral, fascinating and busy camel market and small villages around as well as second world war graveyards.


The red sea port of Massawa is charming and quite run down. You can see the remains of the old palace by the sea and the old town has some interesting old buildings, a market and an old house built from coral.

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  • Pros:Friendly, good infrastructure
  • Cons:Some parts in need of restoration
  • Last visit to Eritrea: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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