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With its Mediterranean-style architecture, waterside setting and wide avenues lined by jacaranda and flame trees, Maputo is easily one of Africa's most attractive capitals. It's also the most developed place in Mozambique by far, with a wide selection of hotels and restaurants, well-stocked supermarkets, shady sidewalk cafes, and a lively cultural scene.

The heart of the city is the bustling, low-lying baixa (busy port and commercial area). Here, Portuguese-era buildings with their graceful balconies and wrought-iron balustrades jostle for space with ungainly Marxist-style apartment blocks. Galabiyya-garbed men gather in doorways for a chat, Indian traders carry on brisk business in the narrow side-streets, and women wrapped in colourful capulanas (sarongs) sell everything from seafood to spices at the massive Mercado Municipal (Municipal Market).

Maputo, formerly known as Lourenco Marques after a Portuguese explorer who landed here in 1544, is the capital of Mozambique. Located in the far south-west of the country, it is easily reached from neighbouring Swaziland and South Africa.

The city was founded in the 18-th century but not much from that period remains today. The biggest historic attraction in town in the Portuguese fortress, built in 1787. A more recent landmark is the Mousinho de Albuquerque Square in the centre of town. The beautiful Train Station is definitely worth a look. It was built in 1910 by an architect from the Eiffel school in Paris.

 

Pestana Rovuma ****

The Pestana Rovuma is a unique stylish hotel famed for business or holiday stays located in the heart of Maputo. It is considered a single location for business meetings and leisure and will preserve the fame. As the only hotel that combines the comfort and African decoration atmosphere, exploring the beauty of the African art...

Hotel Cardoso ****

This famous Cardoso classy hotel offers an ideal venue for both business and leisure travelers. All bedrooms, lounge, bar and restaurants present a fresh, bright appearance and are fully air-conditioned. A major feature of the hotel is the large outdoor pool, which is surrounded by spacious gardens and terrace that enjoys stunning views over the bay and city of Maputo...

Southern Sun Maputo ****

Previously known as the Holiday Inn Maputo, the gorgeous Southern Sun Maputo is magnificently situated on the beachfront, the Avenida da Marginal, which overlooks the glistening Indian Ocean. The Southern Sun Maputo presents a haven for local and international business and leisure travellers and is conveniently located just 7 km from Maputo International Airport...

Afrin Prestige Hotel *****

This new 5 star hotel has been very well furnished in a modern style whilst retaining some African influence. The Afrin Prestige is located in the city centre, at just 50 metres from the beach, in a central and commercial area, perfect to spend family holidays, for business meetings or congresses. The hotel has a well equipped conference centre, a beautiful garden and a swimming pool on...

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