Introducing Bahir Dar
Some people like to describe Bahir Dar as the Ethiopian Riviera. The moniker sounds strange, but when you pull into town and see the wide streets shaded by palm trees and sweeping views across Lake Tana’s shimmering blue waters, you’ll understand.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, various temporary Ethiopian capitals were established in the vicinity of Lake Tana. It was here that Jesuits attempted, with disastrous consequences, to impose Catholicism on the Ethiopian people. One moss-covered Jesuit building, which was built by the well-known Spanish missionary Pedro Páez, can still be seen today in the compound of St George’s monastery.
Bahir Dar destination guides
Highlands of Ethiopia
Combine a trek in the wild and stunning Simien Mountains with Ethiopia's historic sites
Travel to Ethiopia and discover a beautiful country, barely touched by modern society. Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the rugged landscapes of the Simien Mountains. Discover the ancient history on display at Aksum, and relax amongst the vibrant culture in Gonder. Encounter friendly Ethiopian Rastafarians and meet the rarely visited tribes of the Omo Valley.