On the banks of Tana lake, the largest source of fresh water in the country, there is a city that is at the top of the list of vacation spots for Ethiopians: Bahir Dar.
Having no exit to the sea since the independence of Eritrea (in 1993), Ethiopians who can afford it, spend their holidays in towns and cities that are located on the banks of the lakes. This is the case of Awassa in the south and Bahir Dar in the north.
In addition, the appeal of Bahir Dar goes beyond the relaxed atmosphere that is breathed in its avenues with palm trees, since it is many centuries of history and legend that accumulate in the islands of Lake Tana and its surroundings.
How to get?
Restaurant on the Tana in Bahir Dar
Most travelers will arrive from Addis Ababa, about 450 kilometers south of Bahir. You can fly for a fairly affordable price if you have arrived in Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines, since you will enjoy a 50% discount on all internal flight tickets.
If you prefer not to fly you have the option of going in bus. The most reliable companies, Selam Bus and Sky Bus, have daily services that leave Addis around 5.30 am. The price is around 340 birr and covers the journey in 10-11 hours.
If you prefer to save a few birrs, you can take the public buses that leave Mercato. They cost half that of the named companies but they are filled to the brim, they don't give you water or snacks and take between 2 and 3 hours more. They are also less reliable on the issue of breakdowns.
Impressions of the city
The church of Debre Maryam