Tourism

Two thirds of the population (420000 people) is concentrated in Djibouti district. Djibouti City, the capital of the district, lives the main economic and cultural activities of the country.

The square of 27 June 1977 (ancient Menelik square) is located in the city center, very shady, it distinguishes itself from other places in the capital by the Moorish arches, where located many souvenir shops (traditional guard chiseled daggers, shells, baskets, multicolored beaded necklaces, traditional African souvenirs etc.....) and many sidewalk cafes.

From the square of June 27, you can go to the Mahamoud Harbi square (formerly Rimbaud square) through picturesque streets that intersect. Between the stalls and bazaars of food, located a large number of stores (specializing in sound and picture) where it is possible to buy the latest gadgets with attractive prices. The Mahamoud Harbi square is the market dominated by the minaret of the Great Mosque. Very typical, teeming, it is the soul of the city.

The capital has popular areas in which the crowd invaded the open air restaurants with extremely low prices, the Thirteen Avenue and the Fly Avenue are full of street tailors and vendors who are curious looking for a change of scenery.

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Tadjourah district is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating regions of the country. Composed of contrasting unusual landscapes, tourists can admire one of the saltiest lakes in the world: Lake Assal.

Lake Assal is indeed a natural wonders of great beauty, in a context of volcanoes and black lava and at 153m below sea level, the lake is surrounded by icebergs salt and gypsum of dazzling whiteness.

It is absolutely necessary to visit the Day Forest. You will ride fifteen kilometers through the mountains before reaching the forest at an altitude of 1500 meters: giant junipers, acacias, wild olive trees, and jujube trees and other specimens of flora striped of the surface of the earth cover an area of 3.2 km² which has been established as national Park.

Tadjoura, the chief town of the district known as the white city or the city of seven mosques, is one of the oldest and most mysterious cities of Djibouti.

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An excursion in the southern region may take one day and a half.

About thirty kilometers from Djibouti, we arrive at the little Bara and especially the big Bara, a large expanse of desert of twenty-five kilometers long and more than ten kilometers wide that stretches out of sight. It is a plain of dried and cracked white clay, on which the traffic moves perfectly.

Two features: The frequent mirages and the abundance of animal species (gazelles, antelopes, fennec, hyenas, jackals and camels). Thanks to a center located on site, fans of sand yachting can practice their favorite sport. In the beautiful surroundings of red mountains, the first southern district provides a convenient pleasant climate thanks to its altitude (750 m).

After Ali-Sabieh, the road continues to Assamo, which engages between two mountain ranges whose highlights are the Dadin Mount (1070 m) to the east and Arrey Mount (1286 m) to the west. The region is partly formed by sedimentary rocks, limestone and sandstone particularly. Eagle's nest perched atop a rocky peak, the position of Assamo stands out against the sky in a magnificent setting.

In dozens of kilometers away, from the top of the tower of the frontier post of Guestir, we can survey simultaneously on Somalia and Ethiopia.

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The city of Arta is located forty kilometers from the capital with an altitude of about eight hundred meters. It is a place of relaxation and freshness with a magnificent panoramic view of the Gulf of Tadjoura and the massif of Day.

Not far from there is the white sand, top holiday resort, this beautiful beach is known for its fine sand and purity rare water.

You will also find in the district of Goubet Al-Kharab a magnificent piece of lacustrine dark water that looks like the extreme tip of the Gulf of Tadjoura, who flows into to the lake Assal and the volcanic area of the Ardoukoba in an impressive mountain.

Accessible by road or by boat, the Goubet has always suffered from an evil reputation. It is difficult even today to persuade a Djiboutian fisherman to enter with his boat. The legend says, in fact, that ancient times there has been at this location, which is now called "the abyss of demons", "a great mountain crowned with fire" that has disappeared under the invasion waters in indescribable confusion. Since then, the abysses of the Goubet are frequented by demons that would take depths to all the braves who dare to venture into its waters.

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After crossing the Big Bara along its length, thirty kilometers of paved road separate the motorist of Dikhil. They are carried out very quickly, and then appears this charming little town, situated on a rocky promontory.

Instead of white houses and its main avenue to oleanders, we have already can't find small cottage living nomadic people 50 years ago. It was in 1928 that this place was created in an administrative post, around which a village was born.

Do not miss to visit the Lake Abbe and its lunar landscapes. This is an unusual setting that offers the visitors. A landscape of a fantasy world with hundreds of limestone fireplaces of forms needles from a few meters to more than fifty meters high. You can find hot springs here and there and some with bubbles, which encourages the development of pastures like none other in the Republic of Djibouti.

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The town of Obock, former capital, retains its ancient splendor residence of the first governor of the territory, as well as the famous adventurer and writer Henry Monfreid which is worth seeing.

This small town has the most beautiful beaches in the country and the most important tourist center known as "the village of the Red Sea". For the divers, the falling in the Obock is undoubtedly the most beautiful of the Gulf.

Hot springs and sulphurous fumes, known for their therapeutic properties in the region, are currently being studied by specialists eager to rational use.

In the northeast of Obock is the mountain of Mablas, a beautiful site where the animal species are abundant like baboons, ostriches, leopards and panthers etc.

The air is fresh and invigorating, and the plant species are the same as Day thanks to the presence of a waterfall and several springs that flow on the foot. Mountaineering enthusiasts will be infatuated with and find their happiness in climbing the Mablas which is a good opportunity for the beginners as well as for the mountaineers.

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The Republic of Djibouti has several islands throughout the territory.

The islands Moucha and Maskali are closest to the capital. You can find a heavenly landscape with blue and transparent water.

The islands Moucha and Maskali are closest to the capital. You can find a heavenly landscape with blue and transparent water.

The fauna is very diversified: turtles, moray eels, sharks, dolphins, rays ... you will also come across several whale sharks. These huge animals feed mainly on plankton.

The islands of Djibouti is a destination for all those wishing to spend an unforgettable moment by putting the feet into the white sand surrounded by a stunning scenery.

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The coast of the Republic of Djibouti is bordered by fringing classic reefs. You can observe the richness and diversity of fauna and flora unique in Indo-Pacific and Red Sea. The relative isolation of the reticle that form the Gulf of Tadjoura favored especially the creation and the development of a number of species unknown.

On the shallow reef, you can see the beautiful coralline formations with delicate and colorful trees, the evolution of about twenty (or more) species of chaetodontidaes (butterfly fish and angelfish) with a particular abundance of fish "Duke" (Double date Royal angelfish), the most beautiful coral fish.

Ceaseless rotating of troops leading surgeons, related to perpetual agitation of wrasses and green and blue parrot the middle of the myriads of colorful damselfish, contribute a bundle of fantastic sight that everyone will admire. The exuberance of life which abounds in reefs of the Republic of Djibouti, is ranked among the most beautiful jewels of the tropical underwater world.

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