After spending just over a week in the south of Ethiopia, we headed back up to Addis Ababa and flew east to Dire Dawa where we then made our way to the historic walled-town of Harar.
Ever since I had read and heard about Ethiopia, Harar was up there as a place I really wanted to see, so I was particularly looking forward to our visit. And thankfully, it didn't disappoint!
Harar is said to be the fourth holiest city in the Muslim world (after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem), and was founded in its present form in the 15th century. It is an extremely beautiful and character filled city, which is small and best explored by foot. We willingly got lost in the narrow alleys and were met with many colourful facades and friendly faces around every corner. It didn't take long at all for us to fall in love with this gorgeous little town at all, and it honestly felt like we had gone back in time.
It was also so, so different to where had just been in the Omo valley. From the people, religious beliefs, dress to the architecture - it was a real contrast and really highlighted the incredible variety of cultures in Ethiopia.
next: more from Harar.
|an old peugeot 404|
|in the market|