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Cheap flights from Eritrea

Eritrea, officially the State of Eritrea, is a small country in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. Its capital is Asmara. It is divided into two regions; Central Eritrea, comprised of the inland northwest, Asmara, the central highlands, and the western lowlands; and Coastal Eritrea, which is the country’s long Red Sea coast. It experiences cool and wet climate in the central highlands, hot and dry in the desert strip along the Red Sea coast, semiarid in western hills and lowlands, and heavy rainfalls during between June and September, except in the coastal desert. Eritrea’s natural landscapes are its most fascinating destinations, with six main topographical features: the highlands in the centre and south of Eritrea, the western lowlands, the Sahel in the north, the subtropical eastern escarpments, the northern coast and archipelago, and the southern coast.

 

Where to go

Asmara is the capital of Eritrea, best known for its colonial Italian architecture. Visit Independence Avenue, colloquially referred to as "Kombishtato," the main street. It is lined with palm trees and full of cafés, bars, shops, and old cinemas. Nyala Hotel provides a panoramic view of the city, chilled beer in hand. If you’d like to learn more about the culture and heritage of Eritrea, just behind the hotel is National Museum, which houses an impressive collection that spans six millennia of the country’s civilisation. The Village of Tselot (means “prayer,” and is well-known as the President’s village) is a traditional Eritrean highland village that is like straight out of Biblical times: the stone houses, small plots, Christian and Muslim ancient temples, people farming and herding traditionally, and transporting goods using mules and camels. There’s also Martyrs National Park, a mountainous forest and wildlife reserve at the ridge of the highland plateau – providing a spectacular view and scenery, with the highest viewpoint featuring chasms, gorges, and mountaintops among a sea of clouds.

 

Under three hours, you can fly from Asmara International Airport to Cairo, Egypt. Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Middle East and second-largest in Africa (after Lagos). Some of its

highlights include Al-Azhar Mosque, one of the pillars of Islamic thought and home to Al Azhar University, the oldest university in the world; Cairo Tower on Gezira Island, which has a 360° panoramic view of the city, including Giza Pyramids off in the distance to the west; Citadel and Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha, a grand castle; Egyptian Museum, officially the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, home to the world's premier collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts; and of course, your Cairo trip will not be complete without seeing the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

 

A little over six hours away by plane is Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali. It has a number of attractions such as Bamako Zoo, which has a reptile house, an aviary, and an aquarium. It is located towards the presidential palace. Point G Hill has caves with rock paintings, and also provides great views across Bamako. Lastly, there’s Mali National Museum, which houses a good collection of Malian art, artefacts, and textiles in pleasant grounds north of the centre.

 

How to get out

The country has two international airports: Asmara International Airport, located in the capital, and Massawa International Airport, located in the coastal city of Massawa. EgyptAir (Cairo), Yemenia Air (Sanaa), and Nasair (Cairo, Dubai, Jeddah, Nairobi, Bamako, Khartoum, Juba, Entebbe, and Ndjamena) fly to and from Eritrea. 

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