Lamu Old Town forms the urban epicentre of the Lamu Archipelago, an island group
comprised of seven islands located in the northern cost of Kenya. Since the Seventies, and especially since the 2001 when it became Unesco world heritage centre, Lamu turned out to be an important touristic destination for westerner travellers attracted by the charming atmosphere “frozen in time” and by the authentic Swahili culture which still can be find here, as described in travel guides. Emphasis on these descriptions is related to some aspects like the fact that Lamu knows no motorized transportation, which happens on foot or by donkey or boat; the traditional dhows are still used by fishermen. What if this image promoted and constructed by the industry of tourism is just a part of (or maybe is even far from) the reality and the history of Lamu?