Pemba, formerly known as Porto Amelia, is the colourful capital of Cabo Delgado Province, in northern Mozambique. The town lies on the south shore of Pemba Bay, the third largest bay in the world. The modern port, international airport, world-class hotels and restaurants, and a network of newly-repaired roads combine with the historic charm and colonial architecture of the old town, making Pemba a fascinating and vibrant destination.
Hundreds of lateen-rigged dhows travel the waters, trading and fishing in a tradition inspired by the Arabs nearly 800 years ago. In central Pemba there is an authentic local market or Souk, where arts and crafts, as well as traditional silverware can be bought - a bargain hunter's delight.
The abundant fishing waters at St Lazarus Banks are also within easy reach. There are many pristine, white beaches along the coast, including the famous Wimbe beach to the north.
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