Nestled in the shadow of the green Goda Mountains with the bright blue sea lapping at its doorstep, Tadjoura is a picturesque little place. With its palm trees, whitewashed houses and numerous mosques, it has an Arabian feel to it. There’s little to do here besides stroll around and soak up the atmosphere, but it’s a great place to spend a few hours.
If you’re after sustainably produced local handicrafts, the women-run Association des Femmes de Tadjoura sells colourful Afar basket ware.
SLEEPING & EATING
Le Golfe Hotel & Restaurant, bungalows with breakfast. Under French- Ethiopian management, this low-key but well-kept resort, popular with French soldiers and their families, is situated in a relaxing waterfront setting, about 1.5km from the town centre.
The 11 units are not fancy but are functional, and there’s a good on-site restaurant with a terrace facing the sea. The menu concentrates on simply prepared seafood served in generous portions.
Le Corto Maltese (Hotel & Restaurant), A modernish and reasonably priced choice, Le Corto Maltese is right on the seashore, about 1.5km west of the town centre. The adjoining 18 rooms are well organised, with good bedding and large bathrooms.
No beach, but transfers to Plage des Sables Blancs can easily be arranged.
GETTING THERE & AWAY
Regular morning buses ply the route between Djibouti City and Tadjoura (three hours). A passenger ferry runs two to three times weekly between Djibouti City and Tadjoura.