The old capital of Portuguese East Africa, the island has a rich colonial history evident in the crumbling forts on the island. Joined to the mainland by a long bridge the area is a UNESCO heritage site.
Ilha de Mozambique was an early Arab trading port before being taken over by the Portuguese as a naval base, and then a fort in the 16th century. Much of the original architecture still stands despite the many attacks by the Dutch. Subsequently there are many shipwrecks that now are home to a great variety of coral reefs and sunken treasures!
Learn more about the Portuguese colonisation in the 16th century and visit the forts, mansions and cathedrals. The food throughout Mozambique is exquisite, on the coast, the seafood in particular is exquisite so be sure to have a taste of the fresh grilled prawns, line caught fish and the classic peri peri chicken. Being on the coast there are of course some water activities to be done such as snorkeling in the mangroves, dhow trips, and swimming off the beach.
Ilha de Mozambique is well worth a visit as a convenient stopover destination, or stay for a few nights to explore the unique history of one of Africa’s most interesting and utilised islands. It’s great for couples and young families.