Spicy Island -Zanzibar -will certainly not disappoint any traveler. It’s so energetic and colorful place, famous for its heavenly beaches, fantastic coral reefs, intriguing Stone Town and hospitable inhabitants. Delights with the richness of flavors and aromas, interesting culture, unusual landscapes, and bustling bazaars.
Once a center for the slave and ivory trade, Zanzibar welcomed ships loaded with goods from India and the Far East, as well as Europe and America. The Indian bazaar still operates on the island, as well as the world’s largest carnation market. Zanzibar has something magical… This magic floats in the air with the scent of cloves, vanilla, cardamom. And an unforgettable taste of coffee with all these spices. Zanzibar is completely different from the mainland of Tanzania. Maybe because of the stories. Long years under the rule of Oman left a mark on the culture of this place. It can be seen and felt. And it is this admixture of Arabic culture that gives this place such an amazing atmosphere.
The islands of Unguja, Pemba, Latham and many other smaller ones lie on the east coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. These islands are the Zanzibar archipelago. Unguja Island, the largest island, commonly known as Zanzibar. Unguja is one of the few residing in the archipelago, the other is Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site.
The Zanzibar archipelago offers a fascinating experience in the East African Indian Ocean – tropical weather, unique culture, active white beaches. In the city of Zanzibar, the narrow streets of historic Stone Town meander between ancient buildings decorated with balconies and giant carved doors.
Fishing boats rock on the coast, in the depths of the island farmers, grow rice fields or carnation plantations. That is why Zanzibar is called “spice islands”. The air is filled with the aroma of these spices, a fragrance that permeates the entire spread of the islands. For many centuries, the entire economy of the island was associated with the cultivation and trade of spices. First of all in cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices that were originally imported by the Sultans from Oman. Zanzibar is one of the largest cultural intersections in the world, where Africa meets Arabia and the Indian Ocean.
The island of Zanzibar is considered one of the jewels of the Indian Ocean. For centuries here the paths of various religions crossed. Today, the majority are Muslims who live peacefully together with a minority of Christians and other religions.
Swahili is the local language, but English is widely spoken. The local currency is Tanzanian shilling, US dollars (issued after 2006) and euros are accepted. Credit cards are not very popular.
Plug: English three-pin plug
Country code: +255
Internet: fiber and good mobile network
International Airport: Abeid Amani Karume, Stone Town
The island is quite undeveloped and has only about 5 main roads, all of which lead back to the main city. The perfect place for those who want to discover a little bit, because if you get to the beach, you know you made a mistake!