Mombasa is Kenya’s second largest city and the commercial cum industrial hub, with a diverse cultural history that dates back to about 1593, when the Portuguese built Fort Jesus. It became known as the “Island of War” following battles between the Portuguese and Omani Arabs, who later took control of the city until 1895, when the British took over.
The coastal city offers an interesting blend of cultural diversity steeped in its rich historical background. It is Kenya’s top tourists’ destination and an idyllic vacation spot boasting one of Africa’s best white sandy beaches, among several others. A selection of beachfront hotels and lodgings line its shores, while the warm waters of the Indian Ocean offer a variety of activities, such as scuba diving, sailing, and deep-sea fishing.
Deeply rooted in history, Mombasa is a fascinating destination that offers diverse attractions including marine life, world-class hotels and a friendly atmosphere. The year-round tropical climate makes it a great destination filled with activities for all ages.
Mombasa is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries and overlooks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows.
Historical sites like Fort Jesus, a historic Portuguese fort that stands watch over the harbor, and Old Town where the air is always heavy with the scent of spices, are some of the attractions that define Mombasa.
Modern Mombasa is a city of great diversity, rich in the Swahili culture where all are welcomed and quickly absorbed into the great coastal melting pot.
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