Djibouti City

Travel to Djibouti City – The Country’s Capital

The city of Djibouti is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Djibouti. It lies on a peninsula that divides the Gulf of Aden from the Gulf of Tadjoura.

Djibouti has the same status as the country’s five regions. The metropolitan territory borders Arta Region to the south and west and the Gulf of Tadjourah/Gulf of Aden to the north. Djibouti is home to a population of around 400,000 people, its planned centre having been divided into the former European and African quarters.

Founded as a seaport in 1888 by the Catalan Eloi Pino, Djibouti became the capital of French Somaliland in 1891, replacing Tadjourah. It has remained the capital for the succeeding colonial government of French Territory of the Afars and the Issas, as well as for the independent country of Djibouti.

Attractions here include beaches along its eastern shore as well as a large Central Market, the national stadium Stade du Ville, the Presidential Palace and Hamouli Mosque. Visitors may also like to check out Kempinski Palace.

Simply explore the city with its distinctly Arab influence which is reflected in the architecture and culture and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of this vibrant, bustling capital city.

  • Relax on the city’s beaches.
  • Sample local French and Somalian influenced dishes.
  • Explore traditional markets and cultural attractions.

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