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Best things to do in Somalia

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Where in the world: Africa  /  Somalia

Top 15 things to do in Somalia

1. Laas Geel, Hargeysa

Explore the ancient cave paintings tucked away in Laas Geel, a set of rock formations. Dating back to the Neolithic age, the drawings depict what the settlers experienced in their daily life. Survey the paintings of animals, many representing the cow. Some stand dressed in robes, signifying their importance to the ancient people, who also feature in the cave wall images.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Liido Beach Somalia, Mogadishu

A trip to Liido Beach Somalia, a rapidly developing resort, offers some much-needed relaxation just a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean. Set in the northern part of the capital, the area was initially used by Italian inhabitants in the 1930s, hence its Italian name. After several decades colored with conflicts, today the resort represents a safe and enjoyable place for summer fun. Thanks to the recent establishment of order and peace in the region, the beach has bloomed with all kinds of restaurants, bars, and shops, where you can find tasty specialties, as well as handmade gifts and souvenirs.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. Saryan Museum, Hargeysa

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. MiG Jet, Hargeysa

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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5. Shanghai Old City, Mogadishu

The haunting ruins of Shanghai Old City stand on the white sand shores of the Indian Ocean as a reminder of the glorious past. During the colonial era, wealthier classes of Italians lived in the old town, leaving their imprints on numerous buildings and gardens. Wander through the narrow passageways and observe intricate carvings on doors, windows, and hidden corners. Refuel at one of the restaurants along the shore and admire the ocean vista. During weekends, locals come to swim in the warm sea, creating a lively atmosphere.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Livestock Market, Hargeysa

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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7. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -Mogadishu, Mogadishu

At The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -Mogadishu, pay your respects to all the people who lost their lives in battles for the country. This kind of monument can be found in many countries around the world, celebrating the bravery and the actions of all soldiers who have died in battle. In the center of the capital, the tomb's huge pillar stands high on a stone pedestal, along with the country’s flag.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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8. Dahabshiil Business Centre, Hargeysa

One of the most significant shopping malls and the tallest building in Somalia, Dahabshiil Business Centre features glass, modern construction. This center where industry takes place features business offices as well as restaurants, banks, hotels, a swimming pool, gym, and stores and areas for family activities. Don't miss the opportunity to use the elevator--it's the single, solitary one that exists in Somalia.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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9. Gezira Beach, Mogadishu

At Gezira Beach, choose from numerous beach activities recently made available as the site has gained popularity. Now you can rent a chair and an umbrella, take a dip, or head out on a boat ride to get a different perspective on the coast. You can also try some local specialties, or stick to the tried-and-true meals at a number of cafes and restaurants. If you’re looking for a piece of handmade jewelry or some clothing, check out the stalls at the small onsite market.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Masjid al-Qiblatayn Mosque, Saylac

See Masjid al-Qiblatayn Mosque, the city’s oldest Islamic site, dating back to only a few decades after the Hijra of Muhammad. Every year, crowds of devotees flock to see the final resting place of Sheikh Babu Dena, which is inclidued in the site. Although the ancient building is partly in ruins, you can still clearly see the two "mihrabs" (Muslim prayer niches)--one facing Mecca, and the other facing Jerusalem.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. black Hawk Down crash site museum, Mogadishu

At black Hawk Down crash site museum, see the place where a U.S. helicopter crashed during the 16-hour long Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. The helicopter had still been on-site until 2013, when it was sent back to the States. What was meant to be an hour-long operation on 3 October turned into a long stand-off, with numerous casualties for both the US forces and members of the Somali militia. In 2001, Ridley Scott made his famous movie “Black Hawk Down,” which tells the story of the night.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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12. Bakara Market, Mogadishu

Experience the traditional way of life of the citizens of Mogadishu at Bakara Market. Being the largest open market in the country, it offers a wide variety of products--from fresh groceries and prepared food to all kinds of spices, handmade clothes and accessories, all the way to medicines and gas. It’s a great place to find cheap but memorable pieces of jewelry, shawls, or any other gifts and souvenirs.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Hadful Mosque, Mogadishu

Situated in the heart of the capital, Hadful Mosque stands out as one of the city's most popular and crowded Islamic religious sites. Thousands of people come here to worship every day, with the biggest crowds visiting on Friday, the holiest day of the week.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Villa Somalia, Mogadishu

A visit to Villa Somalia gives you the opportunity to see the official home and workplace of the country’s president. Get a glimpse of the art deco-style mansion near the ocean, initially conceptualized as the residence of the governors during the Italian occupation, and adorned with stucco elements and a distinctive tiled roof. Since the country gained independence in 1960, most of the state’s business has been done here, and the villa continues to host numerous important events.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15. Turkish Embassy, Mogadishu

Learn about the history of relations between Turkey and Somalia at Turkish Embassy. If you’re not interested in the politics, take a walk and see the design of the complex, with blue roofs, symmetrical arches, and the large, ornamental fountain in the middle of the spacious yard. The site sits in close vicinity to the ocean.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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