TOP 5 TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN ERITREA
Every African country is working hard enough to make tourism an efficient contributor to its economy and Gross Domestic Product. Eritrea is no exception. Although just a small country of over 6 million people, Eritreans have lived in harmony and preserved nature as much as they can.
Tourists visit Eritrea to see for themselves the only African country to never have held an election since its independence in 1993. But guess what?
There are equally some beautiful sites to behold in the country. Why don’t you come with us as we uncover the top 5 tourist destinations in Eritrea that will keep you in awe?
5. Dahlak Marine National Park
The park for years has been flourishing with 2500 wildlife and over 300 species of fish. Seabirds are found cohabitating on the isolated islands of Dahlak Archipelago.
Because this place is mostly undisturbed by humans, you’d find the turtle, dolphins, and the rest at ease.
Dahlak should be your number one in terms of the tourist destinations in Eritrea, if you are a scuba diver. You however need a permit to dive.
Lovers of wildlife and marine animals would rather spend their time in Dahlak Marine National Park and nowhere else.
Senafe is a Market town found at the edge of the Eritrean highlands in the south of Eritrea.
While in Senafe, make sure to visit Soira, a very high mountain that although challenging and adventurous to climb, has this calming effect at the top.
Just a bus ride from Asmara where there is an airport, you can have the traditional shopping experience of your life in the Senafe market. But most importantly, Senafe is one of the top tourist destinations in Eritrea for serving the best Eritrean delicacies that you can find on street corners if you can’t afford a restaurant.
If you are a proud foodie, you might like to visit Senafe first and come back again before leaving Eritrea.
3. Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace is one of the top tourist destinations in Eritrea for Rastafarians looking to meditate and connect with Haille Selassie. This palace was rebuilt in the 19th century by Werner Munzinger for an Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie. But why would Haille Selassie of Ethiopia want a palace in Eritrea?
History records that Eritrea was initially under the Italian colony until Ethiopians defeated them and took over their territories. Thus Eritrea had to gain its independence from the Ethiopians.
The war of independence ruined a greater part of the Imperial Palace but it remains a gorgeous and historical site.
To Eritreans, the ruined Imperial Palace reminds them of their journey to independence. To tourists, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Eritrea.
2. Massawa Island
Massawa is not a far distance from the Imperial Palace. The town located on Africa’s Red Sea Coast is Massawa Island. The city reflects a colourful and rich history of Egyptian, Italian, and Ottoman modernist architecture. The fun part about visiting Massawa is strolling down the streets. In and out of the alleys of these whitewashed buildings.
Although the government is working on allocating resources to renovate some of these buildings that were ruined during the war for independence, tourists find that these are what make Massawa one of the top tourist destinations in Eritrea.
In the evenings, you can sit on the coast and listen to the waves of the sea all night long.
Asmara has not necessarily been one of the top tourist destinations in Eritrea for just being the capital of the country. Tourists love Asmara because of the city’s rich history that the people would share often. It happened that 4 clans namely the Gheza Serenser, Gheza Shelele, Gheza Gurton, and Gheza Asmae had a common enemy. They were against the clans from the lowlands and the leader of the Seger-Mereb who constantly invaded their land.
The women of these four clans gave the men no other option than to unite and form a strong alliance against these lowlanders and Seger-Mereb. Today, that small village is called “Asmara” which means, “they made them unite”. Asmara has since been peaceful and was then made the capital of Eritrea.
However, Asmara should still be on your list as one of the top 5 tourist destinations in Eritrea because it is Africa’s Rome.
While under the rule of Benito Mussolini, Asmara was filled with Italian modern architecture because Benito was bent on transforming Asmara into Rome.
Tourists love to visit the “little Rome” to see the Cinema capitol, Keren Casa-del Fascio, Orthodox cathedral, and much more modern Italian architecture.
Eritrea is the number one choice for an adventure-filled vacation. The many rich tourist destinations that hold cultural and traditional values make Eritrea a beautiful country.
However, what makes these places the top 5 tourist destinations in Eritrea is because they are not the most perfect places in the country or Africa. Tourists find them perfect because they showcase their battle scars.
Aside from that, there are also unique facts about Eritrea that should get you running to visit the country as soon as possible.
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