The culture of Eritrea is the collective cultural heritage of the various populations native to Eritrea.
Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Eritrea, but cycling is the sport in which Eritreans have had the most international success. For the past decade, Eritrean cyclists have dominated African cycling championships and various tours held on the continent. The Tour of Eritrea is a multistage bicycle race conducted annually that showcases much of the country. There are several Eritrean cyclists on European and Asian professional teams. In 2015, Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first cyclist from an African team to wear the prestigious polka dot (“King of the Mountains”) jersey at the Tour de France. Teen sensation Alexander Isaac, who plays for Real Sociedad in the Spanish league La Liga, is a fast-rising star in European soccer.
Zersenay Tadese became the first-ever Olympic medalist for Eritrea in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Since then, he went to win four world cross country championship medals and held the half-marathon world record from 2010 to 2018.
Eritrean music can be categorized into three general genres: traditional, revolutionary, and modern. Each genre has played a pivotal role in shaping and mobilizing the society. Each ethnic group has a unique traditional music and dance. The revolutionary songs were mostly inspired during the armed struggle for independence,but even with the new generation patriotic songs are equally as important. Modern Eritrean music has roots in the 1960s and has produced artists that have had a major influence in the region.