I love Stone Town. I have been to Zanzibar 3 times in total, and I could never miss the opportunity of staying at least 3 full days in Stone Town during each visit. A UNESCO cultural heritage site with charming alleyways, with its traditional type doors and friendly children and locals. With each visit new things to discover. A most recent find was a local Lukmaan Restaurant.
Briliant place. Forodhani gardens is wonderful and the night food market excellent. I felt safe all hours of the day, walking around is lovely. Please make sure to visit prison island and go on a spice farm tour! Each takes around two to three hours and this includes transport time.
Loved the old buildings and the history of the place. Really enjoyed the museum which is situated in the old palace whilst the House of Wonders is renovated. Really fabulous trip; only wish it was longer! Bought some beautiful gifts for family & friends as there is a plethora of shops to purchase from.
Spent 3 nights in Stone Town, and 1 of the days went on a snorkelling excursion. There seemed to be plenty of other options for trips. Stone Town also seemed cheaper then other parts of Zanzibar. You have to get used to the people trying to sell you everything.
Nice for first stop on Zanzibar. City is close to the airport, has a beach, trip possibilities (e.g. Prison island, Spice tour), is famous for its nights street food market, very easy to get around, safe to walk at night.
Stone town is a very historic place and the experience is very good at some points sad. The sad point is the church when you expreience how low we can degenerate as humans - the slave caves really sad moment for me. The narrow alleys get some time to get used to and initially a bit scary but the people are so friendly and then you start feeling real safe. The harbour and sunsets truely amazing.