Located at the entrance of the Red Sea, Djibouti is a small state in East Africa. Its eponymous capital, nicknamed "Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjourah", benefits from a strategic position near the sea. This location contributes to the economic development and attracts local businesses. To understand the dynamics of this special city, here are 5 things to see in Djibouti, the capital of... Djibouti!
1 – The port of Djibouti
The capital of Djibouti is famous for its port, a trade hub that is expanding rapidly. Considered as one of the gateways to Africa, the port has a great infrastructure: about twenty quays and a commercial area of 1.4 hectares. It is interesting to observe the deposit of goods, imagining that they come from all over the world! A modern port, whose construction dates back to the founding of the city in 1883.
2 – The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd
Another place to see during a visit to the capital of Djibouti: the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd. Built in 1964, the immaculate building impresses by its structure and its marble facades. An architecture that takes the codes of the modern movement. Namely a minimal decor, as well as geometric and functional lines.
3 – The University of Djibouti
The University of Djibouti is worth a visit. With its colorful buildings, obelisk and green areas, the campus is pleasant and continues to grow over the years. And for good reason, it welcomes more and more students. The university has seven faculties (medicine, science, law, literature…) and two university institutes of technology.
4 – The islands of Moucha and Maskali
Looking for turquoise blue lagoons? Take a boat from the port of Djibouti and reach the islands of Moucha and Maskali. Only 20 km from the capital, these islands will make you forget the bustle of the city. Here, white sandy beaches, mangroves and mangrove forests (tropical shrubs) will give you a change of scene. Preserved from mass tourism, the Moucha and Maskali islands promise beautiful moments of idleness in complete tranquility. A must for any trip to Djibouti!
5 – Tadjourah, the oldest city of Djibouti
From the city of Djibouti in a speedboat, reach the one nicknamed “the white city”. This is Tadjourah, the oldest town in Djibouti, famous for its immaculate houses and its numerous mosques (seven in total!). It is also the seat of the Afar sultanate since the 16th century. On the nature side, the city has sublime and varied landscapes: seaside resorts where to bask, but also massifs for hiking lovers.