The island of Zanzibar (also known as Unguja) is
known as the ‘Spice Island'
because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it has always exerted a powerful fascination over the imagination of the world,
that is out of all proportion to its size.
Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island is the main settlement, the best-known part of which is Stone Town. Directly east of Stone Town is the growing section of Ng'ambo whilst to the north of the town are a number of pristine beaches.
At the northern tip of the island is the dhow-building centre and tourist resort of Nungwi, whilst some of Zanzibar's best beaches are to be found along the eastern shore. Stone Town
is the oldest section of Zanzibar Town and is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes,
ancient stone houses, Arabian arches
, heavy carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows, overhanging balconies and a fascinating selection of bazaars
, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves.