Mogadishu features some of the best beaches in Somalia. But sugar sand beaches and turquoise water, is not all that Mogadishu has going for itself, it is also home to one of the most picturesque ruins in Somalia. The ruins are situated on a tall cliff, on the coast of the indian ocean.
5 Sights You Must See in Mogadishu
After prolonged decades of war and anarchy in the capital, from 1991 the beach fell into disuse.
Today, hundreds of families come to relax on Mogadishu's coastline each weekend. People stay out at Lido Beach way past dusk to watch the beautiful night skyline and the deep blue ocean. This is a perfect place to get the fresh perspective of a rediscovered Somalia.
Somalia has the longest coastline in Africa with 3100 km along the Indian Ocean, which is home to attractive beaches valuable for tourism. To make Somalia one of the biggest entertaining and tourist destination spots in Africa, Lido Beach has seafood restaurants, hotels, and parks.
The Somali diaspora plays an important role in recovering Mogadishu, building new luxury downtown and beaches like the village, Ocean restaurant, Beder restaurant, Lido seafood restaurant, City Palace and many more that attract international tourists. There are many newly established businesses here.
Somali wedding at Liido Beach, Mogadishu
Wedding at liido Beach: As in all cultures, a wedding in the Somali community is a big event. A traditional Somali wedding has two parts, nikah, the ceremony, and aroos, the party afterward. Somali weddings celebrate the two extended families, as well as the bride and groom.
Liido Beach Mogadishu - Somalia
Mogadishu, also known as the “White Pearl of the Indian Ocean” has been a prosperous city state since medieval times. From the tribal era, towards sultanate rules, Italian Imperialism, Republic and Civil War, even inch of Mogadishu is full of stories and myths, awaiting you to unveil.
The trashed US war machines are still lying in the city (see also the movie “Black Hawk Down”), relics from the sultanate can still be seen and visited, and the Italian colonial buildings are still living inside Mogadishu.
Jazeera Beach, Mogadishu - Somalia
Here, thousands of people gather to relax on weekends as part of Somali seagoing culture.
The Jazeera Beach just a few kilometres south of the capital has gained popularity with the returning diaspora with hotels, restaurants, and boat riding springing up everywhere. This employs hundreds of youth and stimulates both the local tourism industry and the economy.