Maputo is the lively capital of Mozambique, as well as the largest city of the island nation. Most people come to Mozambique in search of a great beach vacation, but spending one or two days in Maputo gives Mozambique a different but very interesting perspective.
Located at the southern tip of the country, the capital definitely has its charms, such as the coastal landscape, wide, tree-lined avenues, Mediterranean and Portuguese style buildings, and a number of hotels and restaurants. While most Mozambique is based on a relaxing beach life, Maputo boasts a very lively cultural scene dominated by the electrifying nightlife.
One of the best places to visit in the city are the bustling markets. Here you can see how the locals spend the day. Women wearing sarongs, called locally called capulans, sell many different items. One of the largest markets in the city is the city market in the Baixa district. Here you can buy fresh products, seafood and household items. And even if you are not going to buy anything, it is still a great place to watch people and learn about culture.
Maputo has always been an important port city, mainly because of its location, only 90 km from the border with South Africa. As for accommodation, the city offers a variety of hotels – from multi-star hotels to hostels at reasonable prices. If you are an early riser, head to Avenida Marginal, where fishermen organize day fishing and tempt passing customers with the freshest seafood available in the city. And talking about seafood; don't forget to try their characteristic dish – sizzling peri-peri shrimp, which is best accompanied by Laurentina beer. In fact, don't hesitate to sample a variety of seafood dishes, considered to be one of the best on the East African coast.
One of the very lively tourist resorts in Maputo is Avenida Julius Nyerere, which is full of restaurants, shops, video stores and boutiques. The street is also a frequent meeting place for the exclusive population of the Polana district. The train station is also one of the most famous buildings in the city that is worth getting to know. This impressive building is located at Praca dos Trabalhadores and is the most lively on Friday and Saturday evenings where live music performances take place.
A museum lover will appreciate the collection of paintings at the National Art Museum. Some exhibits depict the art of Mozambique, while others are the works of the famous artist Malangatana. And if you still want more museums, take a look at other famous places, such as the Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Natural History. (Museu de História Natural). The Eiffel Tower may be the most famous work of Gustave & # 39; a Eiffel, but its architectural qualities are also presented at Casa do Ferro. This former governor's house, located in Avenida Samora Marcel, is often called the "Iron House" or "Steel House" because of its all-metal design.
If you're looking for great beaches, the sandy sections of Ponta d & # 39; Ouro and Catembe are within easy reach. The Ponta d & # 39; Ouro dive site is especially popular. Spring and fall are the most ideal time to visit Maputo, because they have the most ideal climate. The city maintains an airport that daily receives flights from Johannesburg.