Zanzibar is an archipelago of Indian Ocean islands, awash with history, atmosphere and idyllic beaches. There is a wide range of accommodation available, across the spectrum of price and style, and plenty to see, do and discover. The birthplace of Swahili, the site of Sultans' Palaces and renowned for its spice plantations, the little island republic of Zanzibar features larger-than-life on the world map.
Most visitors to Zanzibar come for the beaches, but it is worth spending at least a night, at the beginning or end of your stay, in the historic island capital of Stone Town. This ancient centre dates back to its days at the heart of the Indian Ocean gold trade from the Arabian coast, and is now a thriving tourist centre, with markets threading through the ancient stone streets, and diving and sailing dhow boat trips on offer from the shore.