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Eritrea: a country in the Horn of Africa

Eritrea is a small and quite specific country which definitely doesn't rank among the popular holiday destinations - and this isn't due to lack of tourist highlights, but rather due to limited access to the country itself. The first thing that can discourage European tourists from coming to Eritrea is the need to get a special permit to travel outside of the capital. The second thing is a very long time that you need to wait for a visa. Are the numerous formalities worth the time even without a guarantee that you'll be successful? Many people claim that the effort is worth it. The country's culture, stunning views, and magnificent architecture will be the greatest prize for all inconveniences. 

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Africa - Eritrea
2,408 km 68 km/h 14 days roadtrip

Road Trip Highlights in Eritrea

Asmara, Eritrea's capital, is considered a pearl of modernism. Its architecture is a work of Italian designers who built the city in the 30s of the previous century. The place is full of fascinating edifices which will impress even the most demanding globetrotters. 

Among the most interesting buildings in the capital, you'll find the futuristic edifice of Fiat Tiagello petrol station and the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, an example of the neo-Roman style. Other interesting architectural pieces include Impero Cinema, representing Art Déco, and the Coptic Church of St Mary, constructed in 1930. 

Eritrea is an ideal place for the lovers of history. Here, you'll find a few archaeological sites. Among the most interesting ones, you'll find Qohaito and Matara, along with a 5.5-metre tall Hawulti Obelisk. 

At a distance of around 20 - 100 km from the coast of Eritrea, you'll find more than 200 islets of varied sizes. The most popular and the biggest one of them is Dahlak Kebir. The island is accessible by ferry. The spot is especially recommended for the fans of snorkelling and scuba diving. The lovers of pristine natural wonders won't be disappointed as well.  

Eritrea: car rental

The cheapest and the most easily accessible means of transport in Eritrea is a bus. However, you shouldn't count on any timetables - buses depart when all seats are taken. If you are discouraged by such limitations, you should consider renting a car. However, remember that if your personal data can't be found on the registration certificate of your vehicle, you should get an appropriate document from the car rental company offering you services. The best option will be opting for a 4x4 off-road vehicle which will guarantee a smooth experience on roads that lack asphalt surface. In Eritrea, you should move on the right-hand side of the road. 

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