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What to see in Maputo

Maputo Attractions

Although often unappreciated due to the stunning natural attractions and resort regions just beyond its urban sprawl, Maputo offers some worthwhile tourist attractions and is 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 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 areas.

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.

Central Market

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,…

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Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens

Located 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…

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Polana Hotel

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…

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