African Travel Concept

Maputo

Maputo, known as Lourenço Marques before independence, 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 as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Founded as a port town by the Portuguese, the influence of travellers and traders from Africa, Asia, and Europe, has made the city a diverse and lively metropolis.

With its Mediterranean-style architecture and waterside setting, Maputo is easily one of Africa’s most attractive capitals. The friendly people of the city include colourfully clad women hawking seafood and spices at the massive Municipal Market and banana vendors selling bunches in the shade. There are museums, shops and markets galore to add to the overall experience of this magnificent city.

Peri-peri sauce, a spicy blend made from an especially hot African chilli pepper, is a speciality along with fresh prawns. Calm down your taste buds afterwards with a local beer at one of the many bars and nightclubs in the Fere de Populare neighbourhood.

Maputo's imposing Train Station is one of the city's landmark buildings. The dome was designed by an associate of Alexandre Gustav Eiffel (easily recognised as the designer of the Eiffel Tower), although he never set foot in Mozambique himself.

The station has international acclaim, widely viewed as an architectural marvel.  Most recently, it featured in a blockbuster film, Blood Diamond, telling the tale of the diamond wars in Southern and Central Africa. Although the station is still in use, trains run infrequently. This is, however, a great landmark of Mozambique and is a popular feature among most tourists visiting the city.






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