What to see in Maputo

Maputo Attractions

Although often unappreciated due to the stunning natural attractions and resort areas just beyond its urban sprawl, Maputo offers some worthwhile tourist attractions. The city is best tackled on foot as most of its sights are clustered together. Self-guided walking tours should include a stop at the bustling Central Market, the Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens, the lovely railway station (designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1910 and widely considered one of the most beautiful in the world), and the Museum of the Revolution, which relates the moving history of Mozambique's fight for independence. The museum has unfortunately been closed for renovations for some time, but is expected to reopen. Another must for visitors in Maputo is a sunset drink at the famous Polana Hotel overlooking the bay. The city is blessed with some great restaurants and has a vibrant nightlife, but it centres around locals, not tourists.

Maputo is also the gateway to many splendid beaches and resorts to the north and south of the city, as well as the Maputo Elephant Reserve, which has growing numbers of game and beautiful coastal areas. Ponta d'Ouro is the southernmost resort on the Mozambique coast, famed for its white sand beaches and as one of the country's best diving locations, with rich coral reefs and a variety 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, watersports and plenty of relaxation in beautiful surrounds.

Central Market

The Central Market spills out of the shabby yet beautiful old building in which it is housed, and is a hub of activity…

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Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens

The Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens, located in downtown Maputo, offer a welcome shady retreat on steamy tropical days,…

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Polana Hotel

The grand dame of Maputo, the Polana Serena Hotel boasts one of the city's most desirable addresses, overlooking the…

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