Maputo is a hive of activity and things to do. Located in southern Mozambique, this is the main city, the main harbour and the main airport for the country! Maputo is brimming with a rich cultural and historical past, remnants of which can be seen in the architecture and the combination of new and old wherever visitors go. You will never have a dull moment if you spend two days or 10 days in Maputo! Find out how you can enjoy Maputo on your budget by clicking here now.
If you want to swim in the Indian Ocean, head over to Mira Mar or Costa do Sol, conveniently close to hotels and restaurants and where you can unwind and eat fresh cashew nuts from a vendor.
Find a table at Costa do Sol restaurant on the beach – famous for its social ocean-facing patio and grilled seafood dishes. It gets crowded but no one seems to mind – they just want to be there, in the mix! Then walk about five kilometres to find a funky bar down the main avenue, Avenida 24 de Julho, where shops and restaurants also line the pavements.
It is worth walking up to the Miradouro area, up on the hill where the wealthy live, with super ocean views. Walk down the most curly, tiny road in Maputo, the Estrada do Carocol (‘snail road’), which meanders back to the waterfront and was built by Portuguese colonialists.
Stay in the convenient Girassol Indy Congress Hotel And Spa, linked to the convention centre and close to the Museum of Natural History which shows the unique gestation of the elephant and other wildlife displays. This family-friendly hotel is a hop and a jump away from the attractive Maputo City Hall and Maputo Cathedral.
To get some fresh air, you just have to see the Tunduro Gardens with its rare cycad collection and other indigenous plants. Find a spot of shade and enjoy a lazy picnic.
For forts and other land marks go to the Fortaleza in central Maputo, a Portuguese fort with its cannons pointing out to sea. The Praca de Independencia is surrounded by a statue of Samora Machel, the white Roman Catholic cathedral and neo-classical city hall, plus the renovated cultural centre.
Not to be missed on a stroll around Maputo is the Railway Station – since 1910 this green and white building has been serving passengers going north.
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