Zanzibar’s capital is situated on the west-coast of Unguja (the main island of the archipelago, and commonly referred to as ‘Zanzibar’). Though known as Stone Town, it more accurately called Zanzibar City (Stone Town being the name for to the older, fortified parts only).
The city has a colourful history and is of rich cultural interest. A maze of medinas, bazaars, gardens, walls and palaces crosshatch the city. Stone Town is a fascinating, and remarkably easy, place in which to get lost. Declared a world heritage site in 2000 by UNESCO, the city has undergone and continues to undergo much regeneration and restoration. This has largely been financed by the expanding tourist industry.