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 …
National Park in Quirimbas Archipelago

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 km. …
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 sa…
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…
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 chambers …
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 notoriously…
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…
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, it's…
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 Domini…