City Guide, Maputo
Maputo, formerly Lourenço Marques, is the capital and largest city of Mozambique.
It is known as the City of Acacias in reference to acacia trees commonly found along
its avenues and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. This city is an African port and
the capital of Mozambique. Maputo is fast becoming a major commercial and tourism
hub in Mozambique.Maputo is located on the west side of Maputo Bay, near the Estuário
do Espírito Santo where the rivers Tembe, Umbeluzi, Matola and Infulene drain.
The Maputo Sights will enchant you with museums, galleries, historical building
and modern monuments. Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo) is one
of the majour tourist destination which is situated almost 40 km off the coast of
Maputo. The island is a popular destination of tourist. There are various beautiful
beaches, some of the Mozambique Channel's best coral reefs, a historic lighthouse
and marine biology museum and large areas of protected forest. It is a favorite
destination for South African divers and snorkellers. Game fishing is also popular.some
of the other turist attractions places are Jardim Tunduru, Cathedral of Our Lady
of Conception, Praca dos Trabalhadores and City Hall
Culture and entertainment
The culture of Mozambique is in large part derived from its history of Bantu,
Swahili, Arab, and Portuguese rule, and has expanded since independence in 1975.
The majority of its inhabitants are indigenous. Its main language is Portuguese.
Its median religion is Roman Catholicism, but only about 40% of the inhabitants
are Christian. It has a rich history in the areas of arts, cuisine, and entertainment.
This historical museum holds detail history of Mozambique's war for independence
from Portugal. There are various things as on display, such as maps, photographs
and weapons which were used in war. Some pictures show the violent struggle against
Portuguese colonialism. Portuguese language is used for caption and text.
Opened in 1989, this museum is a very good example of art. It is situate in the
Bairro Central. The museum displays best collection of sculptures, paintings, drawings,
prints and mixed media.
Food and drink
Mozambique’s cuisine is mainly Portuguese with Far Eastern influences.
Restaurants are found in main towns and hotels. Maputo Restaurants have the best
sea food dishes, as the residents of Maputo are seafood lovers. Here in Maputo,
you can find a variety of restaurants serving different local and international
dishes that stimulate your taste buds.
Maputo is one of the best places to buy the traditional Mozambique products.
Central market is located at downtown near the main train station. It is a very
famous and largest shopping area in town. This market features variety of items
from clothing to cookware, food products to hand crafts etc. There are also inexpensive
souvenirs and t-shirts available in this market.
Maputo's beaches and city streets are some other places of shopping. There are
also some traditional products for sell includes shoes, hand painted clay pots,
food, sunglasses, watches and jewelry.Specialty products include African fabrics
with both waxprint and woven, which can found in fabric shops in town. Cashews is
one of the most famous product. Many shops offers roasted, salted, plain, cashews
in all over the town. Wood carvings, boxes, picture frames from curio vendors are
some special items. Batik cloth is also one of the famous products among the tourist.
Batik cloth ranging from the tacky animal stuff to glorious works of art. Rather
than traditional products there are some shopping centres which are mention below.
Maputo City Map