Terraco das Quintandas is a guest house on Mozambique Island, a short distance from the coast in the north of the country. It's a small island, some 3 kilometres long and just 300-400 metres wide, and is linked to the mainland by a bridge.
The guest house is over 300 years old and and has a colourful history, and became a guest house in 2009. It is built around am inner courtyard and is surrounded by pretty gardens just a short walk from the beach. Facilities include two balconies, one overlooking the garden and the other facing the courtyard, plus a roof terrace offering panoramic views of the island and magnificent sunset vistas. Indoors there is a lounge with several sofas where you can unwind, admire the eclectic antiques and art collection and chat to other guests. There is a second, smaller sitting room and a reading room with a selection of board games and an honesty bar.
There are six guest rooms arranged over the three floors of the house, all air conditioned and en-suite, and differing in size, layout and decor.
Continental breakfast of cereals, fresh fruit, breads and pastries is served each morning. Staff are happy to arrange walking tours of Mozambique Island, with a guide to show you the historical and cultural highlights. Back at the guest house you can enjoy a soothing massage either in the privacy of your room or on the terrace.
Open: Terraco das Quitandas is open all year.
Location: The guest house is on Mozambique Island just off the northern coast, and can be reached by the 3 kilometre road bridge. The nearest airport is Nampula, about a 2 hour drive away.
Rooms: There are 6 guest rooms, all with en-suite or private bathrooms and air conditioning, which vary in size and layout. 2 are on the ground floor, reached by the courtyard, 3 are on the 1st floor and the other on the 2nd and top floor. They are decorated in Arab style and include antique furniture.
Activities: The guest house is within walking distance of the main square and major sights and museums. You can also walk to the seafront. Staff can arrange a guided walking tour of the island and a dhow cruise.
Facilities: There are 3 sitting rooms of varying sizes, 1 with an honesty bar, and a games room. Outside there is a shaded courtyard, 2 balconies and a spacious roof terrace with lovely ocean and sunset views. There is no television at Terraco das Quitandas.
Dining: The guest house serves a continental breakfast supplemented by cooked eggs, served in the main lounge. Lunch and dinner can be arranged but must be booked in advance. There is a choice of restaurants and cafes nearby, however.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access, but there is mobile phone reception.
Notes: The guest house accepts cash payment only, in Mozambican meticals, US dollars, sterling and euros.
Experience the wild, natural beauty of northern Mozambique, staying in two delightful lodges you're sure to love.