Around the globe world wide for his or her beauty, beaches, and history the romantic islands of Zanzibar, Stone Town is the old city and cultural center of Zanzibar, which rose to prominence within the 17th century. Stone Town is jam-packed with historical architecture and a rich ethnic culture and within the towns narrow streets, every sight, every glance conjures up the romantic past.
Celebrated around the globe for their beauty, beaches, and history the romantic islands of Zanzibar are under the influence of arabs especially one of the most attractive in Stone Town one of the island biggest attractions. Stone Town is the old city and cultural center of Zanzibar, which rose to prominence within the 17th century. the haunting history of stone town is sufficient to make you shiver, the old slave castle and market are reminders of what the island was most famous for. David Livingstone used Stone Town as his base for preparing for his final expedition in 1866. Stone town is characterized by meandering alleys and noisy bazaars and is likely one of the few intact historical Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. Stone Town consists of approximately 2,500 buildings all made of coral stone, lime and clay, including 45 mosques, 2 christian churches and 4 hindu halls. Since Stone Town was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, several buildings have been renovated and restored by the duly appointed Stone Town conservation authority.
Stone Town is jam-full of historical architecture and a rich ethnic culture and in the towns narrow streets, every sight, every glance conjures up the romantic pasthowever, for most visitors Zanzibar is about the sea, the corals, and the dolphins. While visiting the islands it’s best to schedule for the fascinating walk through Stone Town that’s rewarding. The contrast in Zanzibar between the primary town area, Stone Town and the tourist venues on the islands are startling. As you walk through the town, please keep in mind that stone town is very much an actual community, where real people live and work. Narrow alleyways, intricately carved doors and ornate balconies is what makes Stone Town a popular destination in Zanzibar. You will lose your bearings here for sure, but getting lost in Stone Town is normal, fun and harmless. Key attractions in stone town include the old dispensary, Livingstones house, the peace memorial museum, the palace museum, the Arab fort and the house of wonders (which translates from its local name, Beit el Jaib). Beyond Stone Town clad in spice gardens are silver sandy beaches bejeweled by superb resorts.
The port area of Stone Town has one or two good wreck dives. I would suggest maybe two day dives in and around stone town and then move to the beaches and islands for the more exciting diving experiences.