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Moroni, Comoros

Moroni, also known as Port-aux-Boutres, is capital of Comoros and is on the island of Grande Comore. The port lies on the west coast and is one of the island's best assets. With its stone jetties and boats pulled up in parallel lines, it seems more Mediterranean than African, and makes a great foreground setting for the sun that sets in a spectacular blaze of oranges, reds and maroons. Set back from the port is the medina with its maze of small winding streets, shop fronts, lane ways and wall-to-wall buildings dating back to Swahili times. Moroni is fairly spread out and, with the exception of the Arab Quarter, easy to get around.