Photos of The Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti

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The Gulf of Tadjoura

Tadjoura is the oldest town in Djibouti and the capital of the region with the same name. Lying on the Gulf of Tadjoura, it is home to a population of around 25,000 people. Its Afar name Tagórri derives from their word for a goatskin flask, used for drawing water, meaning there is plenty of water here.

View from Arta
View towards Djibouti
On the Tadjoura ferry
View to Tadjoura
Date palms around town
Sandy coastal street
Golfe de Tadjoura view
Street near the mosque
View from the hill
The hills behind Tadjoura
Islamic school of Tadjoura
Offloading a camel

Tadjoura originally was the seat of the Afar Ad-Ali Abli Sultanate. It was a thriving port by the mid-19th Century: it had a significant slave market, with roughly 6,000 people a year leaving Ethiopia through Tadjoura and nearby Zeila. Also, ivory, gold, ostrich feathers and wheat were exported, among others. The French abolished the slave trade once it came under their control, although it continued on a smaller scale for many years afterwards. The importance of Tadjoura as a port declined once the railway between Djibouti and Ethiopia was inaugurated in 1901.

Tadjoura is now a quiet town linked by ferry with Djibouti City and is known for its whitewashed buildings and nearby beaches.