After decades of struggle, occupation and strenuous resistance, Eritrea is finally looking to the future with optimism. And the recent peace with Ethiopia has definitively traced the path towards the longed-for stability. A stability that reassures and encourages the discovery of this marvellous country with its rich environmental, cultural and landscape variety, not yet included in the most beaten routes of commercial tourism, but soon destined to become a very popular destination.
Eritrea fascinates for its atmospheres and suggestions, and for its ability to tell the story of a past rich in history, ranging from the ancient civilisations that have dominated the Red Sea basin over the centuries, to the legacies of a more recent colonial past where the Italian spirit is still tangible and the traveller feels welcomed and pampered by a pleasantly open and helpful population.
The country’s ethnographic richness, with nine different ethnic groups, each with their own language, religion and traditions, is matched by its great morphological, environmental and climatic heterogeneity, which can be experienced at first hand as you travel the 115 km of the spectacular panoramic road that, overcoming a difference in altitude of 2,300 metres, links the torrid and fascinating port city of Massawa to the enchanting Asmara.
The precious gem of this country is the Dahlak Islands archipelago, whose marine environment is considered among the most beautiful in the world. This unspoilt microcosm of transparent waters, white beaches and colourful coral reefs is still intact today.