24 Hours in Zanzibar City – The Sights That You Just Have to See
Located on the west coast of Unjuga, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Zanzibar City is full to the brim with cultural history, majestic architecture, a beautiful coastline and is also home to the UNESCO world heritage site of Stone Town. It’s time to take a look at the highlights that are in store for you, should you spend a day here.
Visit the Old Fort
A hotspot for tourists, the Old Fort is the oldest fortification in Stone Town. Built in the latter half of the 17 century, its purpose was to protect the city from attacks by the Portuguese, then later it was used as a prison. Its high walls encompasses a courtyard, of which has been converted to a cultural centre to accommodate tourists. You can either indulge in one of the events that are held at the amphitheatre, or browse the traditional goods at one of the shops.
Take a tour of the historic Stone Town
Known in Swahili as Mji Mkongwe, or ‘Old Town’, taking a tour of Stone Town will transport you back in time. Learn about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site by taking a tour and learning all about its history and mixed cultures that live together in harmony. View the interesting architecture that whispers of Arabian origin; the Old Dispensary is one of the best examples of this. Originally built in 1894 as a dispensary and regarded as the ideal site for a hospital, the building now stands as one of Zanzibar’s historical buildings and is definitely one to visit – the view from outside alone is wonderful.
Soak up some sun the beach
Take your pick of approximately 30 beaches; with a sparkling coastline that is complimented by clear skies, deep blue sea and the beating sun, you can be sure that you will find a beach to suit you. We would recommend the beaches along the North and East coast as the best sun spots. What are you waiting for? Bring out the sun glasses and picnic basket!
Be in awe of the House of Wonders
Facing the decadent Forodhani Gardens, the House of Wonders is an example of innovation and progress. Here’s why – it was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity and the whole of East Africa to have an electric lift! Besides the elaborate architecture, with the soaring clock tower, teamed with balconies and sky-high pillars, it doubles up as a museum for colonial artefacts, as well as artefacts belonging to former Sultans.
The Hamamni Persian Baths
Featuring a number of rooms such as hot and cold baths and a restaurant, the Hamamni Persian Baths are a protected monument and were built between 1870 and 1888. The baths may not be in service anymore, but they are still a highly sought after destination for tourists who wish to discover the leisure activities of wealthy Zanzibari people.