The capital of the island „Zanzibar Town“ is located on the west coast. Its famous „Stone Town“ district has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The neighborhood is small and full of life with many narrow but beautiful streets.
There are many dealers and shops, so it is excellent here to buy souvenirs. Almost every locals call themselves a „tour guide“, this can be exhausting, since one is addressed every 5 meters. Nevertheless, one should always remain friendly as well as to the beachboys, finally one can also say nice and polite „No“.
Stone Town’s biggest landmark is the hustle and bustle of the city itself. The buildings of Old Fort, House of Wonders and the Palace Museum are advertised as „attractions,“ but maintenance is rather bad. Particularly the House of Wonders is an extraordinarily impressive architecture, but from the inside unfortunately no more to visit.
There are many lovely cafes and restaurants, whether on the beach or over the rooftops of the city. Especially recommended is the floating restaurant, it is right on the sea in the Forodhani gardens. A day to visit Stone Town is absolutely sufficient. And we spent two days in Stonetown, as we planned a day more for the half-day Spice tour.
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