Its wide avenues lined with palms and flamboyant trees, and its scenic location on the southern shore of Lake Tana, Bahir Dar is one of Ethiopia’s most attractive towns. It makes a pleasant base from which to explore the areas main sites: the Blue Nile falls and the islands monasteries of Lake Tana. Of note are its main market and the former palaces of emperor haile selassie, from which there is a splendid view over the Nile valley.