Terraco das Quitandas
The house of Terraço das Quitandas is a stunning old building located in the heart of Ilha do Moçambique's stone town. Over 300 years old, it has been home to many different merchants and traders, and during the last few decades of Portuguese rule, was the staff house for an exceedingly wealthy businessman. However in 2009, many years after Mozambican independence and following some extensive restoration work, it opened its doors as a small boutique hotel. It is one of only a small handful of places to stay on the island of Ilha do Moçambique itself, and is arguably the most authentic. In fact, it feels a bit more like a museum or antiques' shop, with the most stunning collection of furniture we have ever seen under one roof!
Our view of Terraco das Quitandas
Terraço is a very idiosyncratic and quirky place with a real touch of the 'old-world'. This may not suit those who prefer a modern style, but is perfect for those looking for authenticity. Its only potential downfall is that the service is very hit and miss, depending on whether the manager is around or not. As he is the only one who speaks English, he is the only one who can help with any questions. So, while we think this is a great little bed and breakfast, and the perfect base from which to explore Ilha do Moçambique, it only works for the independent traveller who is happy to head out and discover things for themselves. Those who require a higher degree of attention may not enjoy staying here.
Terraco das Quitandas is a boutique hotel with only six rooms.