Formerly named Lourenco Marques after the Portuguese trader, the city became alive in the 18th when it was linked by a railroad to Pretoria in South Africa and in 1907 it became the country’s capital. It is a vibrant and colourful city full of markets and old colonial buildings interjected with modern office blocks, a maze of hidden treasures.
Maputo is a melting pot of different cultures, and visitors can experience this through the city’s art, music, and food. The National Art Museum of Mozambique showcases a range of local art, while the Maputo International Music Festival attracts musicians from around the world. Visitors can also sample traditional Mozambican cuisine, which is known for its use of seafood and spices.
Maputo is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Mozambique. The nearby Inhaca Island and Ponta do Ouro are popular destinations for water sports enthusiasts and beach lovers.
Maputo is also a gateway to some of Mozambique’s best wildlife reserves. The Maputo Special Reserve is home to a range of animals, including elephants, lions, and hippos, while the nearby Kruger National Park in South Africa is just a short drive away.
Maputo has a unique architectural style that blends African and European influences. Visitors can take a walking tour of the city’s main landmarks, including the Maputo City Hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and the Polana Serena Hotel, a colonial-era luxury hotel.
Maputo has a thriving nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants to choose from. Visitors can enjoy live music, dancing, and cocktails at venues like the Coconuts Live Jazz Club or the Gil Vicente Café.
Maputo has a variety of markets and shopping centres where visitors can buy local crafts, fabrics, and souvenirs. The Central Market and Feira Popular are two popular spots for shopping. With the advantage of the Mapuro Port, you are assured of buying good quality products at a reasonable price.
Maputo is great for anyone looking for a stop-over destination as you make your way to the coast.