Mozambique makes for the ideal island getaway boasting azure waters and pine tree lined streets. However, its capital and largest city, Maputo is the real lifeblood of the country. This is where the residents live apart from the sun-seeking, pina-colada-drinking tourists. That being said it offers a number of cultural and entertainment offerings for tourists – no visit to Mozambique’s relaxing shores would be complete without a visit to this bustling city.
Also known as the City of Acacias due to its Acacia Tree lined avenues, Maputo is a port city and its harbour attributes to the country’s main economy. The buildings speak of a rich Portuguese heritage and are filled with Old Colonial touches. These can be seen predominantly in what has been described as the focal point of the city – the Praca de Independencia.
Formerly known as “Lourenco Marques”, Maputo is proud of its Portuguese heritage and this is the predominant language in the area. It was most famous for the inscription “This is Portugal” in the walkway of its Municipal Building. Other notable landmarks include the Fortress of Maputo, the Cathedral of Maputo and the Hotel Polana.
There are many beaches in close proximity to Maputo which makes the city within close walking distance to pick up a few supplies after a day of lazing on Praia da Macaneta or Ponto do Ouro. Some of the beaches, such as those found on Inhaca Island are only a short boat ride from the shore of Maputo.
The harbour is the centre of the country’s economy which means you are bound to find the freshest produce available to fulfil your need for delectable seafood that Mozambique is most well known for. Spend the day exploring the streets during a tour to Maputo, or alternatively pop into one of the markets or shops – if you can tear yourself away from the perfect Mozambique beaches for long enough.