Malindi town is about 20 minutes north of Watamu. One of the oldest coastal settlements in the country, it is an interesting mix of Swahili, Arabic, Italian and German culture – the latter two having arrived in the wake of a tourist boom similar to that south of Mombasa. The centre of Malindi still retains an African atmosphere but outside this it is very much an international holiday resort, principally Italian and German oriented.
Centrally located on the Kenyan coast, Malindi is within a couple hours of Mombasa and a short flight or seven-hour bus ride from Lamu, both of which are also top Kenya vacation destinations. There are Regular scheduled flights connecting from Nairobi and Mombasa.
The history of Malindi is very much tied to that of Mombasa, both having been visited by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He, in the 1400s, and later by the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, in 1498. Evidence of Vasco da Gama's visit can be found at the Pillar of Vasco da Gama, which is a coral pillar topped with a cross. One year after da Gama signed a trade agreement with Malindi officials and grabbed a guide(s) to help him on his subsequent voyage to India, the Portuguese returned to establish a trading post here that also served as a sort of rest stop for those traveling to India. Those on Malindi holidays will also likely want to at least catch a glimpse of the old church here that dates back to this time. The Juma Mosque in Malindi Africa is also a tourist draw, and just south of Malindi, the Gedi Ruins, which date back to the thirteenth century, beckon curious tourists. Point of Interest in Malindi : Sandy Beaches ,Watamu and Malindi Marine Parks, Vasco Da Gama Pillar , Pillar Tombs, Portuguese Chapel, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek, Snake & Crocodile Farms, The Kipepeo Project, and Gede Ruins.
Malindi , among the Oldest cities in east africa has alot to offer from the rich historic culture to the morder world. A visit to this city shall submerge onself to a century back yet too close to the mordern world.