In its day – a thousand years ago – Axum was the capital of a great empire. It is still considered the holiest city in the country and is home to the reputed Ark of the Covenant. The chapels and churches that still stand are well worth exploring.

Accommodation in Axum

On the outskirts of the historic town of Axum, this hotel and its sandstone exterior blends into the landscape nicely. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, but the big draw is the restaurant, which has one of the few French-trained chefs in the country.

The Sabean Hotel is is the best place to stay in Axum, with the one down side that it doesn’t have a view. There are 44 rooms comprising four suites, 28 twin rooms and 12 doubles. All are en-suite with a shower but no bath. This hotel is new, clean and modern by Ethiopian standards. […]

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