There the sacred waters of the Erythrean Sea break upon a bright red strand, and at no great distance from the Ocean lies a copper-tinted lake.
 Aeschylus, Fragment 67

Eritrea is a thing of beauty: the people, the landscape, the architecture. The country also has an extraordinary history. You can feel the excitement of the prehistoric artist who created the cave paintings at Quohaito - now 5,000 years old. The Greeks knew this land. The Italians ruled it in the 20th century, and left their imprint: Asmara is Africa's secret modernist city.

Sit in the shade and flick through these introductory pages, feel the sunlight as you saunter through the images, and then take a plunge in our refreshing blog.

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