Travel to Mozambique’s Ilha de Mocambique, a tiny island off the coast of Nacala Province. Initially the capital of Mozambique for nearly 400 years before the Portuguese moved it to Lourenco Marques (now Maputo), this island is now a popular holiday destination.
Fascinating Blend of Cultures & History
Just 3km long and 500m wide, this blob of land was once a major Portuguese trading post and an important stopover on the Indian spice route for hundreds of years. Today Ilha de Mozambique boasts a fascinating blend of Indian, Portuguese, African and Arab cultures and architecture.
Walk across the bridge connecting the island to the mainland and mingle with the approximately 16 000 people living mostly in thriving Macuti Town. Stone Town, on the northern half of the island is worth a visit due to its significant architectural and cultural landmarks. Stroll the wide streets and check out the fresh markets with funky food stalls.
Boat Trips out to Legendary Islands
Join Mozambique Travel on a trip to yesterday where you can experience boat trips out to see nearby islands of Goa and Sete Paus or Sena Island. Try swimming at the Pontao (pier) or some surprisingly good snorkelling around a sunken barge. Find long white beaches, excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities in the nearby Indian Ocean.
It is no wonder that Ilha de Mocambique is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. The most impressive building is the imposing Fort São Sebastião, which stands on the northern tip of the island. Many agree that this commanding, defensive structure, built with limestone shipped from Lisbon, is the most formidable fortress in Africa.
Book your Mozambique holiday to the historical island for your honeymoon, family escape or couple’s retreat.