Zanzibar Holidays tells you the best places to visit in this beautiful region of tanzania with maps, pictures and resort reviews. Find out which Zanzibar resorts to stay at for your holiday and day tours to visit the best scenic attractions in Tanzania.
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The island of Zanzibar is exotic, beautiful and full of history. For hundreds of years, it was one of the main centers of the spice trades. Saffron, the world's most expensive spice, is grown in Zanzibar, along with many other aromatic and mysterious spices. The island's location means that it was a central trading location between Arabia, India and Africa. Over the centuries, thousands of feet have trodden the narrow alleyways of Stone Town, including those belonging to Arab traders, African princes, Middle Eastern Sultans, Portuguese explorers, British soldiers and those unfortunate enough to become slaves traded in the marketplace. As well as its fascinating and evocative history, Zanzibar has some fantastic beaches. It's a great place for a romantic break.
What to Do in Zanzibar
The main attraction is Stone Town. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Africa, built to defend the lucrative island marketplace. It has a colourful and noisy market, and some beautiful architecture – you should definitely visit the palace and the House of Wonders. There are darker historical buildings too, including the slave market and dungeons. You can take a tour of spice plantations, and find out more about the modern-day spice trade. Zanzibar is also a very popular location for beach and sea related activities. There are some excellent scuba diving sites around the island and some lovely beaches too.
Where to Stay in Zanzibar
Accommodation-wise, you'll find something for everyone in Zanzibar. There are some luxurious offerings available that are perfect for a romantic break, and there are also a range of other hotels and hostels that will suit every budget. Nungwi is a popular holiday town, and is a popular destination for sailing; it also has an aquarium, and Kendwa is a quieter alternative. The local food is excellent, as you'd expect from somewhere that thrives on trading spices – Zanzibar is a very good place to try seafood, too. The island is predominately Muslim, although it's possible to find small bars dotted around town and in resorts – try the local ginger beer.
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