Descriptions of individual locations in North Ethiopia, or what is known as the historical circuit, or the Christian circuit – the monasteries, the churches and the remains of empire, plus Addis Ababa.

Addis Ababa
A somewhat disappointing introduction to Ethiopia.
Mercato Market
The highlight of Addis Ababa, claimed to be the biggest market in Africa
Bahir Dar
Bahir Dar is the gateway to Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile.
Lake Tana monasteries
Age-old monasteries on the islands and shores of the lake.
Historical town with extensive palace complexes and beautiful churches.
Perhaps Ethiopia’s preeminent tourist spot, that is also Lalibela’s curse
One of Ethiopia’s main historical centers.
A peaceful, as yet unspoilt, village on the shores of Lake Tana.
Tigray churches
An extraordinary collection of little visited rock-hewn churches.
A convenient base for visiting the rock-hewn churches of Tigray.
Kombolcha is a convenient base for visiting various markets.
Probably the second biggest market in the country, and most colourful.
A small, but very entertaining and colourful market, worth a visit.