Top Places to Visit in Eritrea
There are also some parts in Africa that are not Safari-like and one of those countries is Eritrea. In Eritrea, the tourist attractions are mostly mountain peaks and volcanos. The country is also rich in archaeological ruins and islands. If you are up for trekking adventures, island hopping visits and site explorations, go to Eritrea. Here are eight of the top tourist attractions in the country as listed in this Eritrea travel guide.
One of the places to visit in Eritrea is Nakura. Nakura is one of the islands in Eritrea which is within the Dahlak Archipelago and near Dahlak Kebir, the western part. It is not a very big island as it only has an area of 6.44 square kilometers. But there is something eerie about Nakura Island of Eritrea. If you listen to Eritrean folk music and have it translated to English, you will learn that Nakura was once a prison camp back when Eritrea was a colony of Italy. It has an ugly past.
7. Mousa Ali
Mousa Ali is another tourist attraction Eritrea which is connected with Ethiopia and Djibouti. The destination is actually a mountain or more specifically, a stratovolcano. In Djibouti, it is the highest peak at an elevation of 2,028 meters or 6,654 feet but in Eritrea, Mousa Ali is not the tallest. The prominence of Mousa Ali is 1,607 meters or 5,272 feet. It has a caldera crater and it is a mix of lava flows and domes. The first person to climb Mousa Ali did so back in 1841.
6. Nabro Volcano
Nabro is a volcano and is one of the places to visit in Eritrea. The country has a Red Sea area and this is where Nabro is located. It is a very active volcano – the last known eruption of Nabro happened in 2016. The bursts are not massive but it continues to boil, like as if it’s cooking. Nabro belongs to the Danakil Alps within the Danakil Depression. People of Eritrea were so surprised when Nabro erupted back in 2011 because they thought it was dormant.
5. Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace of Eritrea was one of the most beautiful tourist attractions and finest establishments in the country before it fell into ruins. This palace is located in Massawa which is also known to the locals as Mitsiwa. It is a city by the Red Sea which is also near the Gulf of Zula and the Dahlak Archipelago. Massawa is a port city and it has been a very important landmark in the country which is why it has an Imperial Palace because rulers had to reside there over the centuries.
4. Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Asmara
A place of worship which is frequented by tourists in Eritrea is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Asmara. It is one of the places to visit in Eritrea. Visitors who have already been there are so impressed of the church that they highly recommend others to check it out. The locals call it the Cathedral of Asmara and this church will be 96 years old this year. If you notice the picture, the architectural design of the church is a combination of Lombard Romanesque and Gothic.
3. National Museum of Eritrea
The National Museum of Eritrea is the exact place you can go to if you need to understand the Eritrea culture. This establishment was founded by Woldeab Woldemariam sometime during 1992 but back then, it was located within the previous Governor’s Palace. As of 1997, the National Museum transferred to their location now which used to be the Comboni Sisters School for Women. You will see historical relics and archaeological remnants of ancient Eritrea within the museum.
Speaking of archaeological remnants, Adulis is an archaeological site located at Northern Region of the Red Sea in Eritrea and it is one of the places to visit in Eritrea. Back then, it used to be a port in the Aksum Kingdom. The first known mention of Adulis in the modern world was from a writer named Pliny. This writer lived until 79 AD which means that Adulis is technically 2000 plus years old. And to top it all, Pliny died during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius which obliterated the famous Pompeii.
Matara is the top one tourist attraction Eritrea and like Adulis, it is also an archaeological site. The also call it Metera and the site is situated in Debub. Everything collected in Matara was in the National Museum but it was confiscated by the Ethiopian government when Eritrea was still a part of the country. To this day, they are waiting for the remnants to be transferred back as it is part of the Eritrean history.