Old Town is the oldest and the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Old Town, just like its people, is a beautiful blend of many cultures. Old Town is a fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European influence. As soon as you walk into the town from the dock it is obvious why it is considered a perfect example of the traditional Swahili culture. Lamu has buildings and areas that date back over 600 years and these areas are viewed as inspiration for any new buildings that come up.
The most beautiful feature of Old Town has to be the “old town feel”. It is such a large part of the towns beauty that even when a building owner decides to renovate they make it a point to keep some of the Old Town aesthetic. In other words the furniture and structure might change, but the “Age” will remain.
Fun fact: Due to the towns old age and structure being built years before the invention of the automobile it is almost impossible to find a road or pathway that is large enough to hold a car, making the “old town” main form of transportation donkeys. In fact cars and even motorbikes are not allowed in the island.