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Sights & Landmarks In Asmara

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The major draw of Asmara is its colonial Italian architecture. The palm-lined main roadway “Independence Avenue” is informally known as “Kombishtato” (a creolized version of the neighborhood’s actual name: Campo di Citta). It’s full of cafés, restaurants, stores, and old cinemas, and it makes for a beautiful mile-long promenade between the north end, where the “half” stadium is (you’ll know when you see half a bleacher), and the south end, which faces the Nyala Hotel, the city’s highest structure. Asmara’s vibrant and busy marketplace is located behind the cathedral on the road to the right (as viewed from the cathedral’s main entrance on Independence Avenue). It’s a wonderful spot to practice haggling and pick up some mementos.

The café on the top floor of the Nyala Hotel offers a magnificent view of the city while you sip a cold beer. In Asmara, the drink is appropriately dubbed “Asmara Beer.” The National Museum, located behind the hotel on a calmer street, has a remarkable collection spanning the land’s civilization’s six millennia.

The Biet Ghiorghis Zoo and Park area, located on Massawa Road on the city’s outskirts, is noted for its view of the eastern escarpment. The zoo itself is quite depressing. Further down the road is Pub Durfo, a bar and café built on a rock overlooking the Asmara-Massawa highway’s stunning escarpment. To travel past the final stop of the No. 1 bus, Biet Ghiorghis, to Bar Durfo, you’ll need to hire a vehicle or take a cab.

The stunning highland terrain on the eastern escarpment is well worth seeing. At addition, in the hamlet of Tselot (which means ‘prayer’ and is also known as the President’s village), one may witness a typical Eritrean highland village. Tselot is located approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside of the city center and is serviced by one of the red municipal buses that leave from the “Meda Eritrea” portion of the marketplace. You should leave as early as possible since there are just a few buses each day and you must ensure that you have a method to return. Tselot’s rural highland lifestyle is reminiscent of Biblical times: stone cottages, tiny plots, old temples (both Christian and Muslim), people farming and herding with traditional methods and minimal technology, moving their wares (and themselves) on mule and camelback.

The Martyrs National Park, which opened in 2000, is within walking distance of the town. It is a hilly forest and wildlife reserve on the highland plateau’s crest. The scenery is an eerie silent semi-arid plain in a valley, an extension of the highland plateau, broken up by the spectacular chasm of the eastern ridge, which the town center straddles. The vistas and landscape are breathtaking. The highest viewpoint offers views of chasms, gorges, and mountaintops drenched in a sea of clouds, giving the sense of being “above the clouds.”

How To Travel To Asmara

Asmara International Airport As of 2008, Lufthansa serviced Frankfurt three times weekly; Yemenia Airways served Sanaa twice weekly; Egyptair served Cairo twice weekly; and Saudi Arabian Airlines served Jeddah/Riyadh twice weekly. Eritrean Airlines does not operate any flights as of January 2010. Nasair, a private-state joint venture airline located...

How To Get Around In Asmara

Asmara has eleven downtown bus routes that run on unique Red Mercedes Benz buses with a sign in front indicating where they're going (oftentimes in Latin script). The bus stops are well marked (there are signs and a clear shelter with a bench), although the buses stop operating very...

Prices In Asmara

MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$ 2.00Tomatoes1 kg$ 2.85Cheese0.5 kg$ Apples1 kg$ Oranges1 kg$ 5.00 Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ Bottle of Wine1 bottle$ Coca-Cola2 liters$ Bread1 piece$ 0.90Water1.5 l$ 2.00RESTAURANTSDinner (Low-range)for 2$ 24.00Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$ 45.00Dinner (High-range)for 2$ Mac Meal or similar1 meal$ Water0.33 l$ 1.60Cappuccino1 cup$ 0.95Beer (Imported)0.33 l$ 6.00Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ Coca-Cola0.33 l$ 0.60Coctail drink1 drink$ 

Things To Do In Asmara

If you're only in Asmara for a short time, the best thing to do once you've finished touring in the city is to travel to the outskirts, where the landscape is at the very least breathtaking.Unless you are from a high altitude location, you will require a few of...

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Gold and silver jewelry are inexpensive in Asmara and are unquestionably a steal by global standards. The same goes for frankincense and myrrh (if you have any use for them).Otherwise, most visitors purchase local home-spun and gold-thread embroidered cotton clothes, traditional goat-skin rugs, olivewood sculptures, clay coffee-pots, and other...

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