Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Djibouti

Abourma Rock Art Site

This superb archaeological site features well-preserved rock engravings dating back to Neolithic times, which are striking both for their rich complexity and their incredible variety. Many of the engravings...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Djibouti


Weary of the hustle and bustle of Djibouti City? Have a soft spot for endangered species? The well-organised wildlife refuge Decan is about 10km south of Djibouti City (in Douda, on the road to Somaliland), an...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Djibouti

Les Allols

It does not get the hype of the iconic Lac Assal and Lac Abbé, but Les Allols depression is one the most spectacular natural sites in the Horn. The landscape is an extraordinary geological showcase of faults,...

Area in Djibouti City

African Quarter

The vast Place Mahmoud Harbi (aka Pl Rimbaud), which is dominated by the minaret of the great Hamoudi Mosque, Djibouti City’s most iconic building, is considered the real soul of the city. Eastward, the chaotic...

Harbour in Djibouti City


In the early evening, the walk along the causeway northwest of the centre makes a very pleasant stroll. The Moorish-inspired presidential palace (not open to the public) marks one end, the harbour of L’Escale,...

Area in Djibouti City

European Quarter

European Quarter

The focal point of the European Quarter is Place du 27 Juin 1977 (Place Ménélik). With its whitewashed houses and Moorish arcades, this vast square is a strange mix of the Arab and the European. It’s lined with...

Landmark in Djibouti

Grand Barra

This spectacular plain of dried and cracked white clay, 27km long and 12km wide, was once an ancient lake. You can't miss it if you're heading to Lac Abbé from Djibouti City – the road skirts it all the way.

Area in Djibouti City

Plateau du Serpent & Îlot du Héron

These adjoining neighbourhoods north of the centre are residential areas where you’ll find many of the foreign embassies and residences, as well as lavish villas and Djibouti’s swankiest hotels.

Cemetery in Obock

Cimetière Marin

The eerily quiet Cimetière Marin (Marine Cemetery), on the western outskirts of town, contains the graves of French soldiers who died from fever on their way to Indochina between 1885 and 1889.

Market in Djibouti City

Les Caisses Market

Spreading along Blvd de Bender are the stalls of this popular market. Crammed with every type of souvenir from woodcarvings to clothing, it’s a colourful place for soaking up the atmosphere.

Mosque in Djibouti City

Hamoudi Mosque

Hamoudi Mosque

The vast and chaotic Place Mahmoud Harbi (Place Rimbaud) is dominated by the minaret of this imposing mosque, Djibouti City’s most iconic building.

Lighthouse in Obock

Ras Bir Lighthouse

About 6km east of the centre, this well-kept lighthouse is worth a gander. It’s completely isolated, and there’s an eerie atmosphere.

Church in Djibouti City


The cathedral has been recently restored and is one of the most eye-catching buildings along Blvd de la République.

Landmark in Djibouti

Petit Barra

The road from Djibouti City to Lac Abbé crosses this desert plain, which was once an ancient lake.

Historic Building in Obock

Governor’s House

Obock is where French colonialism all began. In 1862, the Afar sultans of Obock sold their land to the French, and construction of the town began. But it was soon eclipsed by Djibouti City. All that remains of...