What to see in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Attractions

This ancient and beautiful country has a lot to offer tourists and there is plenty to see and do in Ethiopia, although getting to attractions is not always easy and visitors may sometimes find sightseeing challenging. However, many of the attractions in Ethiopia are incredibly impressive and rewarding for travellers and it is worth negotiating the chaos to seek them out.

Ethiopia is a fascinating country and most tourists travel to Addis Ababa, the colourful capital, to start their exploration. It is worth spending at least a day of your holiday in Addis Ababa to experience the vibe of this enormous African city. The city has some lively markets and worthy attractions, including the Ethiopian National Museum, resting place of 'Lucy', the famous early hominid fossil.

Northern Ethiopia holds the greatest attraction for visitors as one of the country's richest regions for culture, history and natural splendour. The Historic Route has some breathtaking assets: the medieval city of Gondar, with more castles, palaces and churches than any other city in Africa, is wondrous; the ancient capital of the Queen of Sheba and Ethiopia's holiest city, Axum, where the original Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments is said to rest, is also extremely interesting. The ancient city of Harar, fourth holiest city in the world for Islam, is exotic and beautiful and boasts 82 mosques within its fortified walls. Ethiopia's top attraction, however, is undoubtedly the 13th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, among the most incredible man-made structures in the world, revered and renowned among Ethiopians and foreigners alike and the venue for some of the most famous religious festivals in Ethiopia. Having taken at least 24 years to complete, the astounding rock churches are believed to have been created with the help of angels.


Axum is a city in far northern Ethiopia that is believed by Ethiopian Christians to be home to the Ark of the Covenant,…

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Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ethiopia and is known for its wide, palm-lined avenues and…

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Gondar is a city like no other, scattered with ancient castles, churches and endowed with magnificent mountain scenery…

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Harar is a fascinating, exotic town of considerable interest to visitors willing to make the 320 miles (520km) journey…

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Lalibela is one of the world's most remarkable spiritual sites, home to Ethiopia's astounding rock hewn churches and…

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The Mercato is the largest outdoor market in Africa and Addis' most colourful sight. There are tinkers, tailors, spice…

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National Museum

This museum has a varied range of exhibits displayed across three floors and covering a wide scope of Ethiopian history…

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St George Cathedral

St George Cathedral was founded by the great Emperor Menelik to commemorate his 1896 victory over the invading Italian…

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