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...

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....

National Park in Quirimbas Archipelago

Parque Nacional das Quirimbas

Parque Nacional das Quirimbas

The Quirimbas National Park contains most of the southern Quirimbas islands (including Ibo, Medjumbe and Matemo) along with a large tract of coastal mangrove and forest on the mainland. In all it covers 7500 sq...

Beach in Pemba

Wimbi Beach

Pemba is all about Wimbi Beach, located 4km east of the downtown area. The attractive arc of sand is backed by a varied but never oppressive collection of beach bars, eating joints and places to stay. Swimming is...

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...

Fort in Ibo Island

Fort of São João Baptista

At the island’s northern end is the star-shaped Fort of São João Baptista, built in 1791 and designed to accommodate up to 300 people. When Ibo was linked to the slave trade, the fort’s dark, cramped lower...

Park in Northern Mozambique

Niassa Reserve

About 160km northeast of Lichinga on the Tanzanian border is the Niassa Reserve, a vast tract of wilderness with the largest wildlife populations in Mozambique, although independent access to the area is...

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...

Area in Pemba

Paquitequete

If you only visit one of Pemba's bairros (townships), make sure it's Paquitequete, located beside the bay downhill from the centre. Dominated by its waterside fish market and distinctive green and white mosque,...

Church in Chocas, Cabaceira Pequena & Cabaceira Grande

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios

This isolated church, tucked behind the mangroves close to the shore, retains a rare beauty enhanced by both its age and its setting. Built on the orders of Portuguese governor Pedro de Castro in 1579 for the...

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...

Historic Building in Ibo Island

Casa das Conchas

There's no mistaking how the house of shells (sometimes called the Cowrie House) got its name. The whole facade is covered in them and they make a unique and attractive mosaic. The house sells a small selection...

Church in Ibo Island

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário

Ibo might be 99% Muslim, but its most striking religious building is this whitewashed, weather-worn Catholic church that anchors the main square, a legacy of the Portuguese. The date of its foundation is one of...

Cathedral in Nampula

Cathedral of Nossa Senhora de Fátima

Easily Nampula's most handsome and attention-drawing sight, the creamy white city cathedral dates from the late colonial period: the Portuguese finished building it in 1956. After admiring its twin towers and...

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...

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...

Museum in Nampula

Museu Nacional de Etnografia

This museum makes a gallant effort to showcase the life and culture of Mozambique's complicated tribes and ethnic groups, although the end product is a little dusty and lacking in resources. Most interesting are...

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...

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...

Museum in Mueda

Centro de Local Historico de Mueda

Looking more like a dusty antique shop than a museum, this tiny place nonetheless makes a noble effort to explain Mueda's rich Makonde heritage and honour the victims of the terrible 1960 Mueda massacre.