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Welcome to Bahar Dar

Bahar Dar

The charming town of Bahar Dar sits at the southern edge of Lake Tana and is a base for visiting spectacular Tisissat Falls and exploring the lake's 37 islands with their ancient churches and monasteries. Access to many of these are closed to women, although the boat trip around the lake and exteriors are still worth the trip. The most beautiful of the monasteries are Debre Kebran Gabriel, which dates from the 14th century, and Ura Kidane Mehret which as exceptional frescoes.

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Amharic is the official language, although over 80 local languages are also spoken. English and Arabic are widely spoken as well as some French and Italian.

The official currency is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB), which is divided into 100 cents. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and authorised hotels. Credit cards have limited usage outside of Addis Ababa, and even in the capital they are only accepted by major establishments. Visitors should carry a supply of travellers cheques or hard currency with them, preferably in US dollars. ATMs are sparse, but banks are usually open every day except Sundays from 8am to 11am and 1pm till 4pm.

Local time is GMT +3.
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