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My Kind of Place: Grande Comoros Islands

Why Grande

Located in the island nation of the in the Indian Ocean, Grande is the largest and most accessible of the three islands. Home to the Moroni, it#x2019;s an alluring mix of volcanic landscapes, languorous and cool tropical forests.

by successive waves of traders the Arabian Peninsula and nearby Africa, it displays the same richness that made Zanzibar so famous #x2013; wooden doors, spices, mosques on a background of turquoise sea but without the high-end finish or of the Tanzanian island.

The Comoros relatively undiscovered, which is exciting and frustrating for travellers: feel like a trailblazer you go and will be genuinely welcomed. On the the tourism industry is still in its and Comorian timekeeping is as relaxed as the

A comfortable bed

Located north of on the way to the airport, the Cristal Itsandra Hotel ( ; 00 269 773 3333) is the and most comfortable hotel on the Rooms are incredibly spacious and according to the country#x2019;s famed #x2013; ylang-ylang, vanilla and The hotel is on a rocky outcrop the sea, with its own private ideal for swimming. The restaurant and bar a large terrace that the evening breeze. Double cost from #x20ac;185 per night excluding breakfast.

On the edge of Moroni, the charming Moroni ( ; 00 269 333 6542) is excellent choice. The hotel#x2019;s card is its huge, divine full of palm trees, and hibiscus flowers. There are views of the cloud-covered Karthala (an active volcano) and postcard over the sea. Rooms are with whitewashed walls and fabrics. Service is the friendliest find on the island. The Retaj is its facilities and future visitors can forward to a gym, a beach and a finish throughout. Double cost from #x20ac;84 per night including buffet

Find your feet

Comore is a joy to explore and there are walks to do, anything from strolls on the beach to more climbs. At the northwestern tip of the island, the du Proph#xe8;te (Hole of the Prophet) is an sheltered bay with two large towering over the crystal-clear It is a favourite spot among for a stroll and a swim at the weekend.

In the the Dos du Dragon (Dragon#x2019;s Back) is one of Comore#x2019;s most distinctive a curving headland spiked towering rocks, which you guessed it, like the back of a You can easily walk to the top from the or drive down the coast to it from afar.

If you hanker for lush, tropical head to the old colonial plantations of in the hinterland. There are panoramic of the coast and surrounding forest and the walk to the site is the chance to some of the island#x2019;s unique and fauna.

Meet the locals

medina is small and not as well after as other famed in the Middle East or Africa, but time to wander its narrow and it#x2019;ll start giving up its carved wooden doors, of the rounded facade and minarets of the Old Mosque, and small, quirky

Book a table

In Moroni, Le de la Paix ( ; 00 269 773 2800) is a delightful restaurant serving creole food #x2013; a of French and local flavours. is the house speciality; wash it with fresh coconut (sipped straight from the and save space for the homemade ice and sorbets (vanilla of course, but mango, soursop, etc). The under the awning at the front of the are perfect to watch the world go by. A meal will cost #x20ac;20 (Dh99).

The claim to fame of the Retaj restaurant ( ; 00 269 333 6542) is it does the best pizzas on the #x2013; and it#x2019;s true. crispy bases with toppings and sea views on the side. a fine choice for lunch. The also serves local and cuisine. Allow #x20ac;8 for a pizza and #x20ac;12 (Dh60) for mains.

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Shopper#x2019;s paradise

In Moroni, you#x2019;ll find the famous spices and essential (the duty free at the airport also sells in pretty packaging), filigree and local fabrics worn by #x2013; chiromani, usually and red or black and white with patterns, and salavona, very with intricate motifs.


Being an island in an nation, the sea is omnipresent in Grande and you#x2019;d miss out if you didn#x2019;t to the water during your Blue Safari Comores ; 00 269 323 1038) organises cruises the island on its sailing yacht, from sunset outings to day and multi-day cruises with on board.

What to avoid

the climate in the Comoros is tropical, it is cooler in Grande Comore#x2019;s Bring a jumper and some shoes to explore the hinterland.


Kenya Airways ( ) to Prince Said Ibrahim Airport from Nairobi times a week. A return from Abu Dhabi to Moroni from Dh4,631 return, taxes. Alternatively, Air Tanzania ) flies to Moroni three a week from Dar es Salaam; cost from Dh1,582 including taxes.

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