Things To Do In Massawa


Massawa is a port city in Eretria, located on the Red Sea coast between 15°36′35″ N latitude and 39°27′00″ E longitude, around 110 km southeast of the national capital, Asmara. It is one of two important commercials towns of Eretria, another being Asmara and holds many active historic mosques including the Sheikh Hanafi Mosque.

Massawa is also popular for pristine beaches with snorkeling and diving opportunities and plenty of restaurants and cafes. Massawa also has become popular among visitors for its colonial buildings dating from Italian Eretria. Massawa is spread over an area of 477 sq. km and its summer generally sees high humidity.

Places to see in Massawa:

Sheikh Hanafi Mosque:

The Sheikh Hanafi Mosque is one of the identities of Massawa, dating from the 15th century. It can be visited with a prior permission only.

Tualud Island:

Tualud Island is packed with many specialties including entertainments centres, a popular tank monument, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and many high end hotels. It is connected to mainland Massawa by ferry.

Green Island:
Green Island is an uninhabited island and nature park, located around 20 minute boat ride away from the mainland Massawa. It features an abandoned pearl-fishing area, ruined ancient mosques, mangroves and a striking beach.

Historical budlings in Massawa:

Massawa is home to many recognized historical structures dotted all around the city of which the most famous ones are St. Mary’s Cathedral, Banco d’Italia and the Imperial Palace, constructed for Werner Munzinger in the 1870s. 

The War Memory Square:

Situated in the heart of Massawa city, the War Memory Square houses 3 three military tanks that commemorate soldiers and natives died in different wars fought in the region including the Eritrean War of Independence. It is very well maintained and transforms pleasant feel to visitors.

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