Flights to Eritrea – A distinctive mix of cultural and natural wonders
Plan your next holiday to the beautiful, multi-ethnic country of Eritrea, located in eastern Africa. The country is bordered by Ethiopia to the south, Djibouti to the southeast, and Sudan to the west. Along the magnificent Red Sea, Eritrea features a widespread coastline on its eastern and northeastern parts. Its large population (of over 6 million) comprises Tigre, Tigrinya, and other small ethnic groups. Treat your eyes to Eritrea’s quiet beaches, Abyssinian landscapes, archaeological sites, dense wildlife, and other splendid attractions.
Best time to visit
Asmara, the capital, experiences a pleasing climate all through the year, with heavy rainfall from June to September. Eritrea is best explored during the months of October to March when it witnesses a pleasant and dry weather. May is also a good time to be here when you can participate in some of the national holidays like Independence Day and Labor Day.
June attracts many musical talents for the Sawa Youth Festival. However, June to September experiences rains in the western region and extreme heat in the eastern region. Hence, it is best to avoid Eritrea during these months. Check for the guidelines and restrictions when flying to this country, as Eritrea’s borders are at a risk of erratic security situations.
How to reach there
Asmara International Airport is the largest international airport in Eritrea, located about 2 km from Asmara’s southwest region. The airport houses a restaurant, and shops that sell cigarettes, liquor, and souvenirs. The country is regularly served by major international airlines like Vistara, Air India, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Biman Bangladesh. There are nearly 7 connecting flights every week from Chennai to Asmara.
Places to stay
Asmara offers excellent accommodation in Beleza Street, Nakfa Ave, Bakla Street, Keskese Street, Bidho Street, and Christopher Dagama Street. The cities of Keren and Massawa are best suited for tourists, with vast accommodation options like hotels, hostels, resorts, guesthouses, and B&Bs (Bed and Breakfast). Hotels in Eritrea cost around INR 3,500 to INR 15,000.
Explore the top attractions of Asmara such as the Bell Tower, the Central Market, the National Museum, Kombishtato (the Independence Avenue), the Enda Mariam Orthodox Church, Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin Mosque, the Red Sea, and the Biet Ghiorghis Zoo and Park.
Visit the Dahlak Marine National Park in Eritrea, which has over 350 varieties of fish and also take a glimpse of the wrecked ships underwater. If you are an animal lover, then Semenawi Bahri National Park is for you. It is home to a vast variety of birds, klipspringers (small antelope), Duiker (small African antelopes), leopards, warthog (an African wild pig), and bushbucks (large African antelopes). Embasoira, the highest mountain of Eritrea, is another attraction that cannot be missed.
Shopping in Eritrea
Indulge in an endless shopping spree when you are in Eritrea. Buy amazing traditional handicraft products made of clay, olivewood, straw, and leather, as well as ivory items, cotton garments (that are home-spun), gold jewelry, leopard and zebra skin products, pearl and silver jewelry, textiles, accessories, coffee pots, and much more. Shop to your heart’s content from some of the best shopping destinations like the Shuq Market, Edaga Lakha (the souvenir market), Medeber Market, Zubeir Harnet Avenue, and Bisrat Shoe Shop.
Cuisine of Eritrea
The traditional Eritrean food consists of tsebhi (stew) that is served along with hilbet (a paste made from veggies) and taita or injera (flatbread). Injera (spongy, sour round bread), Shiro (chickpea powder-based dish), Atkilt Wot (vegetable combo), Azifa (green lentil salad), and Inguday Tibs (mushrooms sautéed with onions) are some of the delicious, must-try dishes of Eritrea.
•Which are the budget airlines to Eritrea?
Turkish Airlines is the budget airline to Eritrea.
•What is the time difference between India and Eritrea?
India is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Eritrea.
•What is the duration for flying to Eritrea from major Indian metros?
Delhi to Eritrea – 11 hours and 20 minutes
Bangalore to Eritrea – 15 hours and 45 minutes
Chennai to Eritrea – 13 hours
Hyderabad to Eritrea – 12 hours and 35 minutes
Kolkata to Eritrea – 18 hours
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Eritrea?
Chennai, Dhaka, Mumbai, Dubai, and Delhi are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Eritrea.
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