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Ilha de Mozambique: Here Are Some Amazing Sights & Things To Do

Ilha de Mozambique is a crescent-shaped coral island in the Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique with a historical heritage that’s unmatched in the rest of Mozambique. The island is a unique destination in Mozambique. With its rich history and sandy beaches, the Island of Mozambique is a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fascinating mix of African, Arab and European culture and history is displayed in the churches and mosques , as well as beautiful colonial buildings. Ilha is a magical mix of colonial Portuguese and old Swahili architectures (some dating back to the sixteenth century), interesting museums and above all in the local population, their culture and their incredibly varied faces.

There is a colourful and vibrant feel to the island with all the hustle and bustle; yet you can still feel the charm, sophistication, culture, and flavours left to mellow in the iridescent waters of the Indian Ocean for centuries.

Things to do

  • Guided tour of historic Ilha de Mozambique
  • Cultural night
  • Boat trip to Goa Island to visit the lighthouse
  • Boat trip to Ilha de Sete Paus for snorkelling & swimming
  • Cultural tour including buffet of local dishes
  • Boat trip to Carrusca beach for swimming and lunch
  • Boat trip to Cabaceira Grande for visit to village and church from the 16th century

Palácio de São Paulo, Museum of the Island of Mozambique

Museum of the Island of Mozambique
Ilha de Moçambique: Palácio de São Paulo – zug55/flickr

View of the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, Island of Mozambique

Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte
Ilha de Moçambique: Capela de Nossa Senhora de Baluarte – zug55/flickr

Fishermen in the waters of Indian Ocean

sights in ilha de mozambique
Jim Little/flickr

Customs House of Ilha de Mozambique

Customs House of Ilha de Mozambique
Ilha de Moçambique: Customs House – zug55/flickr

Fort Sao Sebastian

Built as a response to the Ottoman threat.  The Fort was built by the Portuguese to protect their trade route opened up in the early 16th century from Asia to Europe. Arguably the oldest surviving European building in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1522.

Fort Sao Sebastian, mozambique
Ilha de Moçambique: Fortaleza de São Sebastião – zug55/flickr

Macuti Town

Macuti Town, mozambique
Macuti Town – zug55/flickr

The Jardim de Memória (Slavery Memorial Garden)

Jardim de Memória, mozambique
Jardim de Memória – zug55/flickr

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