Asmara - Post Report Question and Answers

What kinds of gyms or other sports/workout facilities are available? Are they expensive?

The Asmara Palace hotel offers memberships, and is really the only private/commercial gym in town, so far as I am aware. I believe it's $1,500/year for a membership. They have two pools, one indoor, one outdoor, tennis courts, sauna, cardio and weights. This also functions as a bit of a social center for some non-working diplomatic/international spouses during the day. The US Embassy compound has a modest gym, a pool, and a clay tennis court. Bicycling is a widespread hobby for local and internationals alike. - Feb 2019

Being high-altitude just walking around is a workout. Work has a small gym. No local gyms that I know of, but you see a lot of cyclists and walking. - Sep 2018

There are two gyms that I know of...outside of the Embassy gym. There is a gym near the US Embassy that is 400 Nakfa per month. There is a gym at the Asmara Palace hotel which I found to be cost-prohibitive and in addition they were not accepting new memberships. That said, if you are a diplomat or some other expat, if you can afford the price, the management will likely work with you, to get you a membership. - Dec 2016

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