|Ethiopia - Addis Ababa
Addis Abba is a city of surprises characterised by remarkable diversity and contrast. Abundant eucalyptus trees and crisp clear mountain air endow the Ethiopian capital city with the bracing atmosphere of a highland summer resort.
Its cosy espresso bars and patisseries are reminiscent of Rome or the Mediterranean, whereas its bustling outdoor markets are colourful reminders of more traditional ways of life such as those found in Delhi or Bombay.
Addis Abba is as vibrant and cosmopolitan as any of the world's great metropolises. The architecture is as varied as the city itself. Tall office buildings, elegant villas, functional bungalows, flats, fashionable hotels, conference centres, and theatres vie for space alongside traditional homes surrounded by cattle, sheep, goats and chickens.
Being the third highest capital city in the world means that it enjoys a mild climate with an average temperature of 16°C despite its proximity to the equator.
.... A Vibrant African Flower
Each of Ethiopia's multitude of ethnic groups is represented somewhere in the capital, as are large numbers of foreign residents from all parts of the world. One central spot to experience the ethnicity of Ethiopia is the sprawling Mercato Market - the largest outdoor market in Afnra.
Being more than just a gateway to other regions of the country, Addis Abba is rich in attractions and is worthy of insertion on the travel itinerary. Splendid monuments and world-class museums portray a glorious past. Skyscrapers, steeples of churches and minarets of mo&ques adorn the skyline. One can partake in a iruignificent view of the city from the top of Entoto Mountain. The Piassa area with a pronouncedly Italian flavour is located between the city centre and the airport. Here gold and silversmiths, cake shops, espresso houses, electronic retailers and such are set in modern establishments.
Rppuiable lour operators are found in or adjacent to most major hotels. Many provide tailor-made tours of the city, conducted by experienced multilingual guides. This is the recommended method to get the best out of a visit to Addis Abba - a city referred to as Africa's New Flower.