Destination of the week: Malindi
Known for its white beaches and great tourist infrastructure, Malindi remains one of top Kenyan holiday places for both foreigners and locals. Tourism is a major business in the city and supports the bigger part of small local enterprises. While Diani remains a jewel on the south of Mombasa, Malindi is still ruling on the north.
Although the history of Malindi dates back to 13th century, it only became popular among tourists after the II World War, when first hotels started popping up in the neighborhood. Right now the city has one of the best hotel infrastructures in the country and offers standards varying from 1- to 5- stars.
Getting to Malindi is relatively easy. The city is well connected with both, Mombasa and Nairobi. There is a domestic airport (Malindi Airport) in the city which is connected with many local destinations. For those who prefer using a car, there’s a highway going from Mombasa to Lamu. On top of that, many buses are leaving from Mombasa to Malindi on a daily basis.
The city offers many attractions to its visitors. Besides top class beaches, one can spend time actively. Among the most popular activities are kite surfing, snorkeling and deep-diving, paragliding and sailing. One can also experience underwater activities in a nearby Watamu Resort. For the history lovers, it is recommended to visit the Ruins of Gedi – remains of a Swahili city from XVII century. The legend says, the ruins are protected by the spirits of its priests and anyone who tries to remove them will be cursed.
As one of top touristic destinations, Malindi offers wide variety of hotels too. Kilili Bacharini Resort and Spa offers its guests a 5-star quality for a good price. Located by the Indian Ocean, it provides its guests with unique experience, good food, free Wi-Fi, swimming pool and many others. Villa Fortuna is another place worth paying attention to. For those traveling on a lower budget, this 3-star hotel will be a perfect choice. It is an intimate and cosy 4-bedroom cottage located on the white sands of Malindi coast.
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