Despite the ongoing border disputes with Ethiopia, the top tourist attractions in Eritrea has still rewarded travellers brave enough to visit this country in the horn of Africa.
Here are some of the top tourist attractions in Eritrea:
Sheikh Hanafi Mosque. Located in the centre of the “Square of Fire”, this half a millennium old mosque was built to in memory of Sheikh Hanafi, one of Eritrea’s most influential people. This mosque’s stuccowork courtyard is a great place to take a stroll, and its interiors are equally magnificent highlighted by a chandelier made of Murano glass.
Dankalia. While this desert strip may virtually not have any sign of life, save for some scattered vegetation, Dankalia is still one of the top tourist attractions in Eritrea for two reasons: the ethereal landscape made of volcanic craters and isolated clumps of mountains, and the hardy, nomadic tribe, the Afar people.
Qohaito Ruins. Qohaito Ruins was widely believed to be the remainder of the once bustling commercial centre of the Aksumite Kingdom. The ruins feature interesting infrastructures, such as the temple of Mariam Wakiro and the sandstone tomb.
Nearby, you can also spot the rock art sites in the Adi Alauti Cave.
Massawa. The interesting mix of Art Deco, Moorish and Italian architecture makes Massawa a more attractive destination than the country’s capital Asmara. While you’re there, take a tour around the city and admire the diverse architecture you can find around the city.
Scuba Diving. The Red Sea has a rich marine flora and fauna which are yet to be exploited by a lot of divers from all over the world. The Red Sea’s coral reefs, especially those found in the waters near the coast of Eritrea are unspoilt and undamaged, and are teeming with marine wildlife.
In addition, the coral reef in the Red Sea is hardy and resilient, which means this underwater paradise will remain pristine for a long time provided Eritrea’s government, its countrymen and the tourists alike will exert great effort to keep the coral reef free from damage and pollution.