This island’s historical heritage is unmatched in Mozambique. Mozambique’s capital for nearly four centuries under Portuguese colonisation, it was a major base for the Arab traders long before the arrival of the Portuguese. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ilha de Moçambique is a magical mix of old Portuguese and ancient Muslim architecture. Fascinating places to visit are the museum in the governor’s residence, as well as the fort, which contains the Chapel of Nossa Senhora Baluarte, almost certainly the oldest surviving European building in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1522.
Ilha de Moçambique (the Island of Mozambique) lies off northern Mozambique, between the Mozambique Channel and Mossuril Bay, and is part of Nampula province.