Rooted in Ethiopia's Tigrayan Highlands is the Tigray capital - Mekele. From here the locals feed the charming and lively atmosphere simply by going about their daily lives in the small town.
Photo by Bernard Gagnon
Mekele is a pleasant place with its tree-lined streets and easygoing locals. Walk the streets and soak up the flavour of everyday life. Mondays are market days, so if you're there at the beginning of the week, make sure you head down for a taste of how locals spend a portion of their day.
Photo by Dpu-ucl
Ethiopia is blessed with grand mountains and green vegetation. It's home to natural attractions as well as cultural and historic ones too.
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The people of the Tigrayan Highlands mainly speak their official language - Tigrigna. Befriend a local, exchange a handshake and learn how to greet in their language. There are a few other languages floating around though - you may find your ears listening to Erob, Saho, Kunama, and some Amharic. English is also a language you'll hear rolling off many tongues in the area, so it's a place where English travellers can interact with locals easily.
Photo by Me, Bamse
Ever been inside a church built into a mountain? Mekele's got a few. They're set within rock and are often hard to reach, but the path to getting to see them is definitely worth the effort. If you're not absolutely terrified of heights, then Abuna Yemata Guh is a church highlight.
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Ah, Makele, a place that is completely oblivious to how absolutely gorgeous it is. So humble. So modest. So beautiful.
The region isn't particularly culturally diverse with the population made up of 95% Tigray people, but travellers are welcome and can enjoy the natural, historic and cultural gems the area has to offer.
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