MASSAWA, 130 kilometers from Asmara. Also sparsely populated. The small port is functioning. Probably bringing fuels and essential supplies. And taking ore -copper and/or zinc. At least 2 hours of breath taking views as you drop off the escarpment. The impressive road and narrow gauge rail tracks are intact.
This is the coolest season. On the other hand it is the foggy season. So one must not get caught on the Massawa road mid afternoon. It gets so bad they have to close the road. It was much than I expected -25/29 Celsius (77/84 F). Has been raining daily. I remember coming here with my family when I was 6 yrs old. Arrived in the afternoon from Asmara. Checked-in to a hotel to hide from the heat. I am told it was about 44 Celsius (112 F). Humidity is usually 85-90%. We ran away to Asmara at first light.
There is a new highway that is much talked about. However it is currently closed due to washed-out bridge.
There is a large condo complex marks the boundary of Massawa. It does not look inhabited. I am told it's mostly owned by diaspora. Another interesting complex stands next ti this, with a remarkable story -floors are too short to inhabited. They wouldn't allow me access.
Battered building still stand near the port. From the war that ended 30 years ago.
Dahlak hotel has an excellent location and beautiful lobby. I suspect the best Massawa has to offer. Excellent fish dishes. Grouper, red snapper, ... Very accommodating staff. I could not understand the description of the fish. So they took me to the kitchen to show me.
Marine life is amazing. World renowned, in case you did not know.
Will be back to visit and dive around the Dahlak island, and explore ancient land marks, eat fish, shrimp, ....