Best time to visit Eritrea
One country, two climates – Eritrea’s Red Sea coast swelters in summer, while its mountainous interior keeps its cool year round.
Eritrea’s Red Sea coast is hot and dry all year round. In Massawa, winters (December to March) are hot and sunny, with highs of 30°C, but from May to September it can feel oppressively hot, hitting 45°C sometimes. By contrast, much of the interior, including the capital Asmara, is at altitude, and therefore cooler. Expect around 23°C in winter, slightly warmer from March to June, and then temperatures drop a bit in July and August, which are the only really rainy months. Nights are cool in summer and can be cold in winter. Organised tours tend to visit Eritrea in February, April, October, November and December.
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Eritrea travel advice
Jim Louth from our specialist supplier Undiscovered Destinations, has this advice for travellers in Eritrea:
What not to miss
“Personally, I would say that the highlight is Asmara, the country’s capital. Without doubt it is one of Africa’s most beautiful cities. A key attraction for many visitors is the many examples of Art Deco architecture dating from the time when Eritrea was an Italian colony. And the city enjoys the perfect year round climate, perfect for taking a cappuccino at one of the many outdoor cafes.”
Any pre departure tips for travellers?
“It is important to travel with realistic expectations as the country’s infrastructure is in need of modernisation and investment. Even the best hotels will on occasions lack hot water and 24hr electricity. However, the roads are in reasonable condition and journey times normally are no more than a few hours.”
Meeting local people
“The people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. They are always pleased to see tourists and personally I have found people keen to chat.”
How easy is it to travel in Eritrea?
“For many years the Eritrean authorities have restricted the areas which can be visited by foreign nationals and this is reflected in the current advice issued by the UK and other governments. In particular, with some exceptions, the FCO advises against all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s land borders. Locally issued permits are required for travel outside of Asmara, although these are routinely issued for areas that we visit on our tours.”
More about Eritrea
One of four countries that make up the Horn of Africa, together with Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia, Eritrea has a turbulent history of war and political oppression. There’s huge scope for tourism in this fascinating country though, with its Art Deco architecture, Red Sea coast and ancient sites all worth visiting. Find out why Eritrea repays the intrepid traveller, in our Eritrea travel guide.