Welcome to the largest city in Mozambique – Quelimane is a historical seaport and beach holiday destination. This coconut producing town was discovered and named by the Portuguese hundreds of years ago – pronounced “keli’mani” in Portuguese. Find it on the Bons Sinais River, named by the first explorer, Vasco da Gama. He called it “River of Good Signs “(Rio dos Bons Sinais) because when he found it he took it as a good sign he was on the right path!
Book your romantic Mozambique beach accommodation in Quelimane overlooking Zalala Beach, just 30km northeast of the hubbub from town. Enjoy the drive there, along bumpy though scenic roads, until you reach the coconut groves and long white sands of the stunning shores. Wander around the town for a sample of life in Zambezia Province.
Meet other intrepid travellers in this Mozambique frontier holiday town where you may still find signs of David Livingstone. This famous African explorer stopped in Quelimane in 1856 after his celebrated west-to-east crossing of south-central Africa to admire the setting.
Enjoy this transition town when you try the Mozambican cuisine laced with coconut delicacies – try the chicken in coconut sauce. Catch up on some rich and fascinating history when you visit the Church of our Lady of Liberation – built by order of the governor and captain general Baltazar Pereira do Lago, in 1776. Our Lady of Liberation is considered the most important manufactured testimony of the Portuguese presence in the Zambezi Valley.
Or wander down to the Mosque, an interesting cube-shaped building on two floors with a porch at the front, in a lacy style of eastern inspiration and a romantic air. It evokes the Mosque of Maputo, from the late 19th century, in terms of its original layout. Then there is the Episcopal Palace, designed in 1956, just after the diocese was set up two years earlier.
Remember that Quelimane, along with much of Zambezia Province, is extremely prone to floods during Mozambique’s rainy season. So book your beach holiday in the seasons when you know you can swim and participate in various exciting water sports. Bring your walking shoes and make sure to explore all dimensions of this cultural Mozambique destination.