The Jugol, the wall of the old city

Harar (sometimes spelled Harrar or Harer) is an ancient city in eastern Ethiopia with a population of about 75,000. For centuries, Harar has been a major commercial centre, linked by trade routes with the rest of Ethiopia, the entire Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and, through its ports, the outside world.

Harar Jugol, the old walled city, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006 in recognition of its cultural heritage. It is considered the fourth holiest city of Islam by Sunni Muslims (after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem, with 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines.

Get in

Shoa Gate, one of several gates into the old city

By bus

By car

By plane

Get around

The blue and white minibuses and rental vehicles are available.





Fruit vendors


There are very few mid-range accommodations. Dire Dawa has a better selection of hotels and restaurants.

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