Areka is a town in southern part of Ethiopia. Located in the Wolayita Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region some 300 kilometers southwest of the capital, Addis Ababa. This town has a latitude and longitude of and an elevation of 1774 meters above sea level. It is the administrative center of Boloso Sore woreda.
Areka is served by a sub-office of the Ethiopian postal service. Areka was founded in 1959, and a primary school opened in the town in 1962. The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research opened a center in Areka in 1985 dedicated to improving the yield of enset.
Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2007, this town has an estimated total population of 31,408 of whom 15,795 are men and 15,613 are women. The 1994 national census reported this town had a total population of 12,294 of whom 5,970 were males and 6,324 were females.