Travel to Mozambique’s Ilha de Mocambique, a tiny island Ilha de Mocambique is a tiny island off the coast of Nacala Province in Mozambique. Once the capital of Portuguese East Africa, this Mozambique Island was once a major Portuguese trading post and important stopover on the Indian spice route for hundreds of years.
Now a popular Mozambique Holiday Destination, only three kilometres long and 500 metres wide, the island boasts a fascinating blend of Indian, Portuguese, African and Arab cultures and architecture. Small traditional houses, churches and mosques spread out beyond an imposing for and old colonial style Portuguese buildings dating back to the sixteenth century grace the wide streets.
For this reason, Ilha de Mocambique was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. The area is therefore maintained by the International World Heritage Program because it is considered in the interest of the international community to preserve the site.
When Vasco da Gama arrived in 1498, he called the island Ilha de Mocambique, after the entire country. Later, in 1507, it became the Portuguese colonial capital and in 1898 the capital was moved to Laurenco Marques – which became Maputo when Mozambique gained its independence.
Mozambique Specials do include trips to this small island which today still bustles with street markets and offers delicious food. Visitors love the long white beaches, excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities in the nearby Indian Ocean.
A visit to Stone Town (Fort São Sebastião) is captivating as the town is still filled with ancient fortifications and interesting architecture.
Stay at Jorge Forjaz´s Hotel on the island and enjoy an evening out on the town where a meal at the Reliquias Restaurant is a real treat.