Top things to do in Massawa

Top Choice Seafood in Massawa

Sallam Restaurant

It doesn't look like much from the outside and even worse inside, but this place is the culinary gem of Massawa. Here you can relish the Yemeni-style fresh fish sprinkled with hot pepper and baked in a tandoori oven…
Palace in Massawa

Imperial Palace

Overlooking the harbour just north of the gates of the Dahlak Hotel is the Imperial Palace, the original iteration of which was built by the Turkish Osdemir Pasha in the 16th century. The present building dates from…
Historic Building in Massawa

House of Mammub Mohammed Nahari

The ancient House of Mammub Mohammed Nahari was built with magnificent soaring Ottoman-style windows on every side. Unfortunately they are particularly decrepit and, like the rest of the house, seem ready to crumble…
Island in Massawa

Green Island

Green Island is 10 to 20 minutes from Massawa and is the most accessible place for decent snorkelling and tolerable beaches. It's certainly no Bora Bora, but it can make an excellent retreat if you need some hush an…
Historic Building in Massawa

Hotel Savoiya

As you come over the causeway from Taulud Island, a broad sweep of white, arcaded palazzi (palaces) stretches out before you. On the corner you'll see the Hotel Savoiya with its long gallery. Start your exploration …
Mosque in Massawa

Sheikh Hanafi Mosque

At the centre of the Piazza degli Incendi (meaning 'Square of the Fire', after it was the scene of a great fire in 1885) is the Sheikh Hanafi Mosque. At over 500 years old, this mosque is one of the oldest surviving…
Historic Building in Massawa

House of Abu Hamdum

A remarkable example of Turkish Ottoman architecture with its mashrabiyya (trellised) balcony, which allowed cool breezes to enter and the air inside to circulate, the House of Abu Hamdum is almost crumbling and nee…
Architecture in Massawa

Coral-Block House

At the port entrance, this is a good example of a 17th-century house constructed of coral-block, which for centuries was the preferred local building material. The house is currently in use as a Customs office, but …
Teahouse in Massawa

Hamoda

On the Piazza degli Incendi, across from the Sheikh Hanafi Mosque, this little teashop (and the few others that surround it) stays constantly busy with local traffic. Serving tea and a few simple dishes, it's a grea…
Seafood in Massawa

Seghen Restaurant

In the same colonnaded arcades that house the Hotel Savoiya, the outdoor seating here is popular for breakfast and dinner when the mercury is manageable. There's a range of cuisines on the menu, but you'll do best t…