Popular Destinations in Djibouti
A major port city, Djibouti City is the capital of Djibouti. Founded by the
French in 1888, the city is the former capital of French Somaliland.
Dijbouti is a commercial center and the second largest economy in the Horn
of Africa. A gateway to the Red Sea, Djibouti is known as Pearl of the Gulf
of Tadjoura. The city is renowned for its 19th century colonial
architecture. While here, architecture enthusiasts can take a leisurely
stroll in the European Quarter and gaze at the whitewashed French colonial
buildings and the narrow Moorish arcades lined with stores and cafes. Also,
check out the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Good
Shepherd in the African Quarter. Shopaholics can pick up an array of items
such as leather products and traditional fabrics from the Bender Road.
Nature lovers can head westward to explore the volcanic landscape of
The second largest city in Dijbouti, Ali Sabieh is the capital of Ali
Sabieh region. The city is located roughly 10 kms north of Ethiopia and 93
kms southwest of Dijbouti City. Situated on a wide basin, Ali Sabieh is
surrounded by granitic mountains. The city’s strategic location has
contributed to its economic growth. Ali Sabieh major landmark is the Ali
Sabieh Mountain, which is the highest point in the Ali Sabieh region. To
the east of Ali Sabieh lies a grassland savannah, which attracts multiple
types of wildlife to the area. Visitors will find here dorcas gazelle,
black-backed jackal, Felis, caracal, hamadryas baboon, and various bird
Capital of the Tadjourah Region, Tadjoura is the oldest town in Djibouti.
Historically, Tajdoura has been a major port for several centuries.
Tadjoura was formerly ruled by the Ifat Sultanate, Adal Sultanate, the
Ottoman Empire, and the French. The historic city is famous for its
numerous mosques and whitewashed houses. The city lies close to the Day
Forest National Park, which encompasses juniper forests and is home to many
bird species, including the rare Djibouti francolin.