cia and lilac jacaranda flowering trees which line its avenues, it is no surprise that this city is a popular destination to explore, with Maputo accommodation being in high demand when visiting Mozambique. In this post, we look at the various attractions and landmarks which are worth visiting in Maputo.
Tunduru Botanical Gardens:
The Tunduru Botanical Gardens is a public park and garden which provides serenity and shade to the traveller. Designed by Englishman Thomas Honney in the late 19th Century, these gardens are a must-see for visitors to Maputo, with a statue of Samora Machel, the first president of Mozambique, situated at the entrance to the park. To top it all off, visitors will also discover tennis courts located within the gardens.
The Fortaleza is a Portuguese fort which has cannons pointed out to sea. It is situated near the centre of town and contains the remains of Ngungunyana, ruler of the old Gaza Empire, who tried and failed to defeat the Portuguese at the end of the 19th century.
If you are a museum lover, you will love the selection of museums in Maputo which each have their own fascinating themes. The Museum of Natural History features interesting displays involving insects, elephants and other animals, while The Museum of the Revolution tells the story of the struggle against Portuguese colonialism. There is also the Art Museum which shows exhibitions of the best of Mozambican paintings and sculptures, and there is even a Money Museum where you can see coins and banknotes from other eras!
Central Railway Station:
Maputo’s Central Railway Station was built in 1910 and has a metal dome on the top designed by Mr. Eiffel. The station overlooks Praça dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Square) and features a mint-green-and-white exterior, wrought-iron latticework, and a display of antique steam locomotives.
Cathedral of Maputo:
The Cathedral of Maputo is a must-stop for tourists. It is situated just near the Municipal Council Building and boasts amazing architectural beauty, as well as spectacular white colour in the form of a cross.
The Saturday Bazar:
If you visit the Praça 25 de Junho on a Saturday before lunchtime, you will come across this great market in the middle of the Square. You can buy items such as a ‘batik’ or a painted bird or a carved wooden head. There are also sandalwood products on sale. The Saturday Bazar market attracts many tourists and is a great place to bargain for amazing deals.
Don’t forget to have a look at what Mozambique Tourism has to offer when it comes to Maputo accommodation. We have great deals with various hotels and lodges which will make your stay in Maputo even more enjoyable and memorable!