Island of Mozambique, Mozambique
A Historical world heritage site, rich with history! Monuments like the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte - built in the 1522 still stand today and not much has changed since the colonial days.
Ilha De Mozambique is beautiful small island about 3km long and 0.5km wide off the mainland of Lumbo of Northern Mozambique.
The real reason for this island been such a sought-after and popular destination is because of the huge amount of rich history the Island posseses. Main monuments like the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte - built in the 1522 enspire thousands of tourists and holiday makers to travel here!
In fact, suprisingly, not much has changed to the island in the last couple of hundreds years, making it very much unique & original ... whereas most of the other world heritage sites (although still fabulous places to see) are becoming or are already too commercialised with so much modern development around them etc etc, proving to be one of the biggest reason why the Island of Mozambique earned its reputation as a world heritage site in 1991.
As you cross the bridge from mainland and enter Ilha de Mozambique ... it will almost be like you're going back in time to the colonial days. Almost everything you see has an historical story attached to it and With the town offering so much to see - you will need a good few days to experience, appreciate, learn and see the ever so interesting history that 'unravels' itself as you explore all 4 corners of this island! Prepare to be mesmerised!
A small population of about 14000 inhabitants, live here, mostly in the southern part of the island in their own traditionally made thatched, mud brick homes - and not in the old colonial building ruins themselves (showing appreciating and a good sign of respect). Most of the locals here are mainly fisherman, who spend almost everyday on their dhows in shallow waters, ultimately doing a hard says work of fishing - catching predominantly squid, king fish, and reef fish to sell in the markets and to local Guest Houses / lodges, Hotels, restaurants in and around the Ihle of Mozambiqe (Island of Mozambique).
Within the markets, you will not only find fish, but also fresh produce, vegetables, fruits, arts and crafts, paintings and plenty of other things the locals can sell.
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