North of Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar provides the setting and starting point for most tours of northern Ethiopia.
This is a small Ethiopian town on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest in the country and the main source of the Blue Nile. In fact, it is the closest city to the Blue Nile Falls.
What to see
Visits to the monasteries on the island of Lake Tana, and to the Blue Nile Falls, are at the center of the activities here. But, we will also mention other places to visit:
Bahir Dar town center and market
The heart of the city is Giorgis Square and around it are most restaurants and shops. A few meters away is also the church of San Jorge (St George), located in the center of a small park. The many craft and souvenir stalls are worth browsing.
Excursions around the lake depart from here to visit the enigmatic churches on the islands of the lake. It is the main attraction of Bahir Dar and the port is one of the liveliest places at any time of the day.
Churches of Lake Tana
These are small communities of Orthodox Christian nuns and monks living in Spartan conditions and almost isolated from the outside world. They are decorated with biblical motifs in bright colors. They fulfill a decorative function but above all didactic, since the majority of the population is illiterate.
Blue Nile Falls
The Blue Nile Falls is one of those places that dazzles you with its beauty and its deafening noise. To contemplate them in all their splendor it is better to go in the rainy season.
A trip to the nearby Blue Nile Falls is a truly memorable experience.