Important places to Visit in Mombasa, Kenya

Important places to Visit in Mombasa, Kenya

Apart from having a very firm source of identity, the Kenyan coast not only gives you a sense of excitement due to its charisma, but also offers a lot of natural glimpses, buildings and cultural presentations that reflect the true heritage and culture of ancient Africa. One cannot afford missing these spectacles which include the blue watered Indian Ocean, the sandy beaches that always smell fresh and the exemplary resorts and hotels which offer delicacies that are bound to impress you to the max.

 

The Kenyan coast also accommodates several beautiful cities such as Mombasa which happens to be the second largest city in Kenya after Nairobi, the capital city. This city has an aura surrounding it, blended with the ancient and modern architecture which will instantly impress anyone. Malindi happens to be another mind blowing Kenyan coast city and is globally recognized as a historically rich town representing the history of East African coast since 15th century. It is surrounded by various beaches that offer fresh and cool breeze to give you that sense of relaxation. Head to the south coast and Watamu village that looks as if it was meticulously decorated by endless stretches of white beaches that are so colorful will welcome you with freshness and delight. Its quiet shores offer a number of African guest houses and resorts to stay.

Diani beach which is situated along the south coast has several resorts and restaurants that offer various family hotels and small boutique properties to enjoy your holiday at. The soothing and calm environment is a perfect scene for the visitors to engage themselves in various water sports such as sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing and scuba diving. There are certain venues one should note while in this region to experience the tasty food and culture of Africa.

 

The world famous Swahili cuisine prepared in traditional African style at local restaurants will spell bound you and one wouldn’t be surprised if those dishes top your list of favorite foods. Some of the Swahili delicacies include the tasty Biryani and Palau. Visitors can also taste Indian, Continental, Japanese and Italian foods at various food points.

 

Fortress by the name Fort Jesus was built in the year 1593 and it is situated at the edge of a coral ridge which overlooks the entrance of an old port in Mambosa. A museum inside this fortress preserves findings from the archaeological department along the coast and offers a rich display of culture and history that cannot be missed.

 

The famous Old Town which is very popular among the locals and tourists has a rugged look with ancient buildings ably supported by modern artistic designs, Kenyan souvenirs and you must definitely pay a visit to understand the deep roots of ancient African culture that is still prevalent in some regions of Africa.

 

Gedi Ruins located in the small Gedi town along the road that leads to Watamu is another place worth visiting. Its construction was based on rocks and stones and depicts the brilliance of ancient African architects.

 

The famous Vasco De Gama pillar happens to be one of the oldest monuments in the African history which was built in the year 1498 by the well known Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gama as a token of appreciation for the warm welcome he received from the sultan of Malindi.

 

Next time you visit the Kenyan coast, make sure you visit some of these places to spend quality time and also get to learn the rich culture and heritage of Africa.