Although often unappreciated due to the stunning
natural attractions and resort regions just beyond its urban
sprawl. Maputo offers some worthwhile tourist attractions and best
tackled on foot, with most of its sights clustered together.
Self-guided walking tours should include a stop at
the bustling Central Market, the Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens,
and the lovely railway station, designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1910
and widely considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
The Museum of the Revolution displays the moving
history of Mozambique's fight for independence. Afterwards,
visitors in Maputo will no doubt love a sunset drink at the famous
Polana Hotel overlooking the bay.
The city is blessed with some great restaurants
and a vibrant nightlife, focusing on locals and not tourists.
Maputo is also the gateway to many splendid beaches and resorts to
the north and south of the city. Additionally, the Maputo Elephant
Reserve has growing numbers of game and beautiful coastal
Ponta d'Ouro is the southernmost resort on the
Mozambique cost, famed for its white sand beaches and as one of the
country's best diving locations, abundant in rich coral reefs and
varieties of marine life.
To the north of Maputo are the beautiful inland lakes
at Bilene and the famous beaches of Xai-Xai, popular tourist
destinations that offer fishing, water sports, and plenty of
relaxation in beautiful surroundings.
The Central Market spills out of a beautiful yet charmingly shabby old building. It's a hub of activity offering all kinds of goods, from fruit and vegetables, a variety of seafood, and household items, to handicrafts, basketware, and carvings.
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The Polana Serena Hotel boasts one of the city's most desirable addresses overlooking the bay. The historic hotel is a majestic building, evoking the style and sophistication of times gone by with its gardens, Victorian lift, and five-star luxury.
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Jardim Tunduru Botanical GardensLocated in downtown Maputo, the Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens offers a welcome shady retreat on steamy tropical days. The gardens were designed in 1885 by Thomas Honney, who in his career also designed gardens for the King of Greece and the Sultan of Turkey. Although... see full details