Places in Ethiopia
Since its establishment in the 19th century, Addis Ababa (አዲስ አበባ) has always seemed like a magical portal, a gateway to another world. For the rural masses of Ethiopia it was, and is, a city whose streets are paved in gold; and for a foreign visitor, the portal of Addis Ababa is at the verge of an ancient and mystical world.
It’s not what Gonder is, but what Gonder was that’s so enthralling. The city lies in a bowl of hills where tall trees shelter tin-roofed stone houses, but rising above these, and standing proud through the centuries, are the walls of castles bathed in blood and painted in the pomp of royalty.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Ethiopia's unmissable sights for travellers
Ethiopia has the ability to wow you day after day...
Forget the Big Five – visit Ethiopia's wonderful wildlife instead
It’s a long drive from Addis Ababa to Bale Mountains National Park...
In the beginning: Ethiopia
Ethiopia is home to one of the world’s oldest strands of Christianity – a tradition that traces its origins to the time of the Old Testament...
Ethiopian food for beginners
This is an excerpt from the Food & Drink chapter of Lonely Planet's guide to Ethiopia & Eritrea...