Addis Abeba is often referred to as the capitol of Africa and yet it opens the portals to an ancient and mystical world. Addisis is the fourth largest city in all of Africa. It holds more than 120 international missions and embassies, and is considered the main hub for international diplomacy.
Still, it is only since the 19th century that Addis Ababa became the capitol of Ethiopia. It gained the title only after it’s predecessor, Entoto, was found to be too cold by the Empress (Taitu). It was her that founded the city in 1887 after she convinced her husband to build a house near the hot springs. The land was named Addis Ababa or “New Flower”.
Today, Addis Ababa is the administrative and educative centre of Ethiopia. It is home to several training colleges as well as several palaces of former emperors and governmental powers. But aside from this, there are plenty of things to do in Addis Abeba.
It’s really unfortunate that so many see the traffic choked city and opt to move in and out of it as quickly as possible. However, skipping out on Ethiopia tours of the city is a real missed opportunity to sample some of the best Ethiopian food in the country, and take advantage of exploring some of the wonderful museums sprawling throughout.
One of the most popular streets in Addis Ababa runs from Meskel Sq to Sidest Kilo. Taking a stroll down this entertaining street will give you the opportunity to see such beautiful places as the palaces and parliament buildings, the Sheraton hotel, the first modern school of the area, and the Addis Ababa University.
Many people looking for things to do in Addis Ababa also like to take a stop by the Shiro Media open market. Here you can find a variety of local craftsmen selling handmade fabrics, pots, and other homemade creations.
Stroll just beyond the market and you will find the Entoto mountains that rise as tall as 3,300m. If you’re not up for conquering it on your own, a taxi, bus, or Ethiopian tours guide will be happy to drive you up. Here you can find some of the first churches of Addis Ababa. The mountain is also a great place to have the opportunity to see what rural life is like, as well as to see the city from above.
Addis Ababa is one of Africa’s most populated cities, reaching upwards of 3.38 million people. The weather here is considered warm, rarely reaching temperatures that are considered overly hot or cold. Addis Ababa’s hottest month is in April, with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F). This temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year, with the coldest month (December) reaching average temperatures of 16°C (61°F).
When booking Ethiopia tours, don’t miss the opportunity to spend at least a day or two in this thriving city. While the traffic may be bumper to bumper, there are plenty of things to do in Addis Ababa, as well as many beautiful and historical sites to see.