About Asmara


Let's have a look around into background of Asmara
  • Country: Eritrea
  • Latitude: 15.3333333
  • Longitude: -38.9333333
  • Time zone: Africa/Asmara
  • Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT +3 hours

Weather in Asmara

  • Climate: Mid-Latitude Steppe and Desert Climate
  • Best Time to Visit: December to February

Location

Asmara is the capital city and largest settlement in Eritrea. Home to a population of just over 800,000 inhabitants, it sits at an elevation of 2,325 meters (7,628 ft). The city is located at the tip of an escarpment that is both the northwestern edge of the Eritrean highlands and the Great Rift Valley in neighboring Ethiopia. In 2017, the city was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Asmara is situated in Eritrea's central Maekel Region. It is known for its well-preserved colonial Italian modernist architecture.

Distance from Asmara center to Airport

The nearest major airport is Asmara International Airport (ASM / HHAS).

  • Driving Distance: 5 miles / 8 km
  • Driving Time: 11 Minutes
  • Languages: Tigrinya followed by Arabic being the most widely spoken languages.

Modes of transport

  • Airport: Asmara International Airport
  • Rail: Eritrean Railway
  • Road: Bus: Asmara Public Buses.

Customs and Tipping

For Restaurants and Bars:

  • Waitress and Bartender – 10 % of the Bill.

For Hotels:

  • Room Service: 5 Nakfa
  • Housekeeper: 5 Nakfa per Day

Valet Parking:

  • Parking or Returning Car: 5 Nakfa

Nearby Tourist Cities

  • Ginda,
  • Dekemhare,
  • Addi Ugri

Emergency Contact Numbers in Asmara city

  • Fire / Police/ Ambulance: 114/113/116
  • Railroad: +291 1 123365
  • Airport: +291 1 181 241 (Asmara International Airport )
  • Hospital: +291 1 150 175 (Hospital Sembel)

Events

  • Festival Eritrea
  • Festival of Timket
  • Kina Farda

Tourist Attractions

  • Governor's Palace
  • Catholic Cathedral
  • National Museum of Eritrea

Theatre & Concerts

  • Cinema Impero
  • Cinema Africa
  • Cinema Hamasen

Visit Top Restaurants in Asmara

  • Sweet Asmara Caffe
  • Al Sicomoro Bar and Restaurant
  • Hidmona

Top Shopping Centers in Asmara

  • Jolly Shop
  • Michael's Gnome and Nicknac shop
  • Whaashoon

Museums, Galleries and Gardens

  • National Museum of Eritrea
  • City Park

Iconic Delicacies of Iconic Restros

  • Pizza – Spaghetti & Pizza House
  • Pizza – Sun Pizza & Fast Food
  • Cake – Pasticceria Moderna

Sports Club

  • Red Sea FC – Football
  • FC Al Tahrir – Football
  • Tesfa FC – Football

Shelling Out Dollars

  • Taxi: 20.00 Nakfa (base price)
  • 3 BHK (Downtown): 25,000.00 Nakfa
  • Cheap meal: 180.00 Nakfa
  • Gasoline: 8.11 Nakfa/ litre
  • 3 course meal: 700.00 Nakfa
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