Arta Tourist Places to Visit in Arta, Djibouti, Africa

Arta Tourist Places to Visit in Arta, Djibouti, Africa

Arta is a town belonging to the Arta Region in the southeastern part of Djibouti, holing a title of the 6th largest city of Djibouti. Lying on the Mountains of Arta around 755 meters above sea level, Arta is situated about 35 km west of Djibouti City, the capital of Djibouti. Arta coordinates with 11°31′ N latitude and 42°50′ E longitude, experiencing a mild climate throughout the year.

Arta is identified as a tourist town, mainly for its position on the mountain region which draws a substantial number of tourists, especially hikers and nature lovers.


History of Arta:

Arta holds hundreds of years’ history and its documented history starts from the rule of Ifat and Adal sultanates in the Middle Ages. As like the other Djiboutian cities and towns, Arta also came under the French rule as a part of the French Somaliland protectorate in the early 20th century. With the Djibouti’s freedom from the French in 1977, Arta got emancipation.


Getting Arta:

Arta is catered by Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport, the most important airport of the country, handling flights from Paris, Berbera, Jeddah, Mogadishu, Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Ta’izz, Dubai, Jeddah, Hargeisa, Nairobi, Doha, Istanbul, Sana’a and Mogadishu. The airport is situated around 35 km away from the midpoint of Arta which can be crossed by bus or taxi or private transfers.

Arta has a good connectivity to all the major cities and towns of the country through roadway.


Food and Shopping in Arta:

Due to its nearness with the capital, Djibouti City, shopping and finding standard restaurants would not be a difficult task for visitors and between these two cities buses are regular and one also hire a rental car for regular travel.


Things to do in Arta:

  • Mountain hiking
  • Shopping
  • Cycling


Tourist Attractions in Arta:


Mountains of Arta:

The Mountains of Arta or Great Mountains of Arta, lies at an altitude of 700 meters, towards the south of the Gulf of Tadjoura. It is a great place for tourists who are fond of nature and hiking and adventurous sport activities.


Djibouti City:

Located around 35 east of Arta, Djibouti City is the capital of Djibouti, packed with full of natural and manmade attractions with traditional features. The most recognized attractions in Djibouti City include Saoudi Mosque, Lagarde Park, the Presidential Palace of Djibouti and Dolphin Excursions Djibouti.


Lake Ghoubet:

Lake Ghoubet is an attractive lake, located between Lac ‘Assal (lake) and the town of Arta. This lake can be explored best through a guided tour for which one can book a guided tour in Djibouti City and start tour from there, which is also a recommended option.


Other places of interest in and around Arta include:

  • Le Marche Central
  • Ali Sabieh Mountain
  • The Presidential Palace of Djibouti
  • Hamoudi Mosque
  • Lagarde Park
  • Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport
  • Mosquée Saoudi
  • Djibouti Kitesurf
  • ISSS Faculty of Medicine
  • University of Djibouti
  • Port of Djibouti
  • Grande Pecherie
  • Dolphin Excursions Djibouti
  • Khor Ambado Beach
  • Place Menelik
  • The Djibouti National Assembly


Ideal time to visit Arta:

Art features a hot desert climate and probably the best time to visit Arta is from November to March.


Accommodation options in Arta:

Modernized hotels are less in number in Arta but one can find it in nearby Djibouti City, which is around 35 km east of Arta, housing numerous star rated hotels with a wide range upgraded facilities and services including spa and sauna. The prominent hotels in Djibouti City near Arta are as follows:

  • Djibouti Palace Kempinski
  • Sheraton Djibouti Hotel
  • Les Acacias Hotel Djibouti
  • Lagon Bleu Village
  • Hotel la Siesta
  • Hotel Menelik
  • Auberge le Heron
  • Residence Hotel Bellevue
  • Imperial Resort And Red Sea Hotel
  • Hotel Bellevue
  • Hotel Dar Es Salam
  • Hotel Residence de l’Europe
  • Hotel Horseed

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