Attractions

Museum in Mozambique Island

Palace & Chapel of São Paulo

This imposing terracotta edifice – the former governor’s residence and now a museum – dates from 1610. The interior hosts the recently refurbished Museu de Artes Decorativas, which gives a remarkable glimpse of what…
Fortress in Mozambique Island

Fort of São Sebastião

The island’s northern end is dominated by the massive Fort of São Sebastião – the oldest complete fort still standing in sub-Saharan Africa and, arguably, the finest military building on the continent. Construction …
Island in Mozambique Island

Goa Island

This tiny island (known locally as Watólofu) is about 5km east of Mozambique Island. It has a lighthouse that was built during the 1870s, and is today run by a lighthouse keeper and his family, who have lived on Goa…
Church in Mozambique Island

Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte

In the shadow of the São Sebastião fort on the island’s northern tip is the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, built in 1522 and considered to be the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere.Built by Po…
Island in Mozambique Island

Sena Island

About 2km south of Goa Island is Sena Island. It takes its name from its location along the old sea route aiming towards the trading centre of Sena, on the Zambezi River. It’s rocky, accessed with difficulty and sel…
Statue in Mozambique Island

Camões Statue

Looking like a cross between Shakespeare and Cervantes, this statue of Portuguese poet Luís de Camões stands sentinel over a small triangular park by the sea on the island's eastern side. Arguably the greatest write…
Church in Mozambique Island

Igreja da Misericórdia

With a distinctive white facade, this church is best viewed while sitting at a table in the Café-Bar Áncora d’Ouro opposite. The original church was destroyed during a Dutch raid in 1607; the current structure dates…
Historic Building in Mozambique Island

Hospital

Second only to the Fort of São Sebastião in size and grandiosity, this imposing neoclassical hospital was built by the Portuguese in 1877. For a time it was the largest hospital in sub-Saharan Africa, and an attract…
Museum in Mozambique Island

Museu de Arte Sacra

Containing religious ornaments, paintings and carvings, this museum is housed in the former hospital of the Holy House of Mercy, a religious guild that assisted the poor and sick in several Portuguese colonies from …
Island in Mozambique Island

São Lourenço Island

Just off the southern tip of Mozambique Island is this tiny island, which is completely covered by an eponymous fort dating from 1695. You can walk across the channel at low tide (watch that you don’t get stuck out …