Addis Ababa is the capital city and cultural center of Ethiopia, and known as the political capital of Africa. It is located at the foot of Mount Entoto, and has a subtropical climate with a warm spring, wet summer, and dry winter. You will find a great selection of Addis Ababa vacation packages on Travelocity, with hotels and flights included.
There are many enjoyable things to do during Addis Ababa vacations, from soaking up the buzzing city atmosphere to admiring the impressive architecture and nature. Some of the most popular tourist attractions include the beautiful cathedrals (Holy Trinity and St. George's) and the National Museum of Ethiopia. Most Addis Ababa hotels are located close to these landmarks. The huge open air market, Addis Mercato, is a great place to shop for souvenirs and discover the local culture, such as food and traditional clothing. If you are interested in car rentals in Addis Ababa, you can enjoy the sights outside of the city center. For example, why not drive up to Entoto Hill to get a view over Addis Ababa and see where city founder Emperor Menelik II built his palace?
No matter which time of year you plan to visit Addis Ababa, you can arrange your trip to coincide with one of the city's annual events and celebrations. January is a good time to visit, as you can partake in Ethiopian Christmas (Genna) celebrations on January 7, and the Feast of Epiphany (Timket), a three-day festival held two weeks later. In September, Ethiopians celebrate New Year (Enkutatash), and the Finding of the True Cross (Meskal) is also marked each year on September 27.
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