Lalibela (Amharic: ላሊበላ) is a town in Amhara Region, northern Ethiopia famous for monolithic rock-cut churches. The whole of Lalibela offers an exceptional testimony to the medieval and post-medieval civilization of Ethiopia. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and a center of pilgrimage. Unlike Aksum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christian. Ethiopia was one of the earliest nations to adopt Christianity in the first half of the fourth century, and its historical roots date to the time of the Apostles. The churches themselves date from the seventh to thirteenth centuries, and are traditionally dated to the reign of the Zagwe dynasty king Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (r. ca. 1181–1221 AD).
Things to do in Lalibela
3 based on 30 reviews
great staff, making cheap and clean laundry! the cheapest room is 120 Birr (6$) and the most expensive is for 300 Birr (15$). the cheap one has shared bathroom with very hot water in the shower! stayed there for two nights and it was perfect!! you don't need to look for anywhere else in Lalibela..!
4.5 based on 56 reviews
The cafe and restaurant look great, but I was here for the souvenirs. This is the best place in town to find an interesting memento, with a great variety of arts and crafts from the surrounding areas. The owner is very hospitable and gracious. Next time I'll try the juices and food too!
3.5 based on 17 reviews
The location is fine. The rooms were clean and the shower was warm. We did not eat there as our guide was not welcome to join us and we were told that the food was not so good. The breakfast was bad though. The man at the reception was very friendly. The staff at breakfast not really.
4 based on 439 reviews
4.5 based on 142 reviews
4.5 based on 1 reviews
This is a new restaurant which I visited several times on a recent visit to Lalibela. It is an amazing structure and serves excellent food as well as having wonderful loos.
it is located in a top of a hill with a shape of a witch hat, with 360 views. good meal at a reasonable price, deserve to be the visit
3.5 based on 132 reviews
I don't know why this restaurant is so highly rate, we were very disappointed. We went for dinner, my salad was uninspiring and my friend was unable to finish her meal. And what view? The curtains were closed and it was dark, however peaking out all we could see were trees on the other side of the garden. There are definitely better restaurants in Lalibela.
4.5 based on 41 reviews
Our unique full service restaurant services Ethiopian and Continental food. The menu offer tasty and nutritious dishes prepared by a team of culinary experts led by our highly experienced chef, Our restaurant prides itself on providing quality food in a clean and delightful atmosphere. Our guests' comfort and satisfaction is upmost important to us, and we strive to provide the best quality possible and are always looking for improvements. Our talented chef uses the finest ingredients available to prepare all of our food, and every bartender and server is dedicated to providing swift service without sacrificing quality. Ethiopian Traditional food as well as a variety of international dishes are available at all times and are prepared by a highly-trained staff. According to the season and availability of ingredients, our menu changes slightly throughout the year.
This is a lovely hotel. Food was good and the staff invited me to a traditional coffee ceremony in the garden. The hotel looks out at a stunning view.
4.5 based on 37 reviews
My daughter and myself had the pleasure to be invited to this unique and top class restaurant last week
Great food,fantastic music performance by some local students,coffee in an unbelievable quality and ceromony
Whoever travels in a group should ask Melkamu to make arrangements in their special dining room. Great memories for us
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