|As already mentioned, Somalia is not a tourist destination. There are constant problems in the country as well as a general air of lawlessness, especially in the capital city, Mogadishu.
This really is a great shame because Somalia has some wonderful coastal scenery and would make an excellent destination for a beach holiday, mingled in with some history and culture, but it looks like this might be far from happening just yet. Should the time come when Somalia is safe to visit, here are some of the sites you might like to go to.
This coastal city actually has a lot going for it, if only it were safe to visit! There is some beautiful architecture in this, the capital and largest city of Somalia. The white washed buildings give the city an almost Greek feel about it, made even more apparent when you add in the nice sandy beaches. Somali Beach, near Mogadishu, is particularly beautiful.
Mogadishu Mosque is an impressive building, and one of the major features of the city right now are the markets. Bakaara Market was created in 1972, and since there is no government in Mogadishu expansion of the market has gone unchecked, as has the sale of illegal goods and documents. Weapons of varying sizes can be bought here too, and it’s not certain how quickly this situation would change if Somalia did become a stable country in the future.
The north west part of Somalia is called Somaliland, and this is a self –proclaimed republic. Currently this is the safest region of Somalia to visit, though coming here is still not without its risks.
The ‘capital’ city of Somaliland is Hargeisa and is considered to be the safest city in Somalia. Unlike the rest of Somalia, Somaliland is trying to get back on its feet, and to live in peace and safety. Hargeisa is mostly achieving that and offers a cosmopolitan city, mixed in with history and culture.