Miradouro is located in the upper part of Maputo with a nice ocean view. This is a nice place to walk and has a pedestrian area with plantet trees. You can see million dollar mansions below the hill, and expensive cars parked in the streets. Wonder why some Mocambiqanos can afford it...?
The embassy area is located close to Miradouro.
If you really like to walk some kilometers, you can start your trip at Avenida 24 de Julho (the main avenue in Maputo) and just walk straight ahead to Miradouro. Then walk down the Carocol road to the waterside, and turn left and walk against the Mira Mar Beach/Costa do Sol beach.
Avenida 10 de Novembro is an avenue along the waterside of Baixa, the lower part of Maputo. The avenue has palm trees and is a nice spot for walking. It is also here you find the ferries to Catembe, on the other side of the Maputo bay.
Tha Baixa area is the lower part of Maputo. Many buildings here are made in a Portuguese style. It is very crowded around the area close to Mercado Municipal. You can see street vendors almost everywhere.
It's OK to walk here in the daytime.
Mercado do Pau (the Wood Market) is located in the Baixa area of Maputo. It takes place on Saturday morning. It is a tourist spot with a lot of visitors.
You can buy or just look at the different handcrafted items here. You will find tribal African jewelry, wood carved items, textile, pottery and batik paintings.
The City Hall in Maputo (in Portuguese "Conselho Municipal") is the municipality building, and is located just beside the Maputo Cathedral. It's a massive building with pillars at the front. The building was completed in 1945.
Maputo train station was renovated in 1997, and is a beautiful and impressive building. It is located in front of the square “Praça dos Trabalhadores". The dome in front of the train station was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty.
A jazz lounge is located inside. It's said to be popular on the weekends, something I can't confirm...
The train station is like a museum on the inside, with old steam trains lined up (see photo). Trains operate between Johannesburg and Maputo. A scene from the movie "Blood Diamond" was filmed in front of the building.
A scene from the movie "Blood Diamond" was filmed in the baixa area in Maputo since the film company thought it was too dangerous to make the movie in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Baixa area in Maputo has a vibrant African atmosphere. The traffic signs in the street were removed during the filming, and the locals were film statists in the movie. See the photos of how the streets looks like now after the movie...
Avenida 25 de Setembro is a long, wide avenue in the Baixa area of Maputo. The aveunue isn't that particular, but it's easy to locate where you are if see this avenue. It runs beside the harbour, 300 meter away from the waterside. You will find Mercado Municipal here (The fish and vegetable market).
The centre of Maputo has 3 wide avenues, ave Eduardo Mondane, ave 24 de Julho and this avenue.
The president residence is one of the million dollar mansions up the hill from Avenida da Marginal, the waterside road. Actually you enter the building on the upper side of Maputo, but the area is closed for the public. I was told by the locals not to take photos because it could be dangerous.
Maputo Fort is a an old fortress located in the Baixa area of Maputo. The Fort was build by the Dutch in 1721, and later destroyed by pirates. It was rebuild by the Portuguese in 1781, and later renovated many times be a tourist attraction. The portuguese name is "Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora de Conceicao".
This place is a must-visit once you're in Maputo. Inside there is a collection of copper statues and other antiques.
It is worth doing a guided city tour. The tour lasts about 3 hours. You will visit the Fish Market, cathedrals, train station, the Fort etc etc. You will see many buildings, unfinished; these are there since the Portugese was asked to leave the country (see picture).
The tour leaves from the Polana Hotel.
Costs = 36 USD
In downtown Maputo - a visit to this Fort gives some insight into the history of Maputo. It is better to have a guide when visiting the Fort, as there is no descriptions of anything, and no booklets/brochures.
What looks like the most colourful apartment building in Maputo is actually the former headquarters of Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP) – the national airline of Portugal. After the pro-Portuguese/Colonial government Salazar regime fell in 1974 a new government and Republic was formed under Samora Machel (June 1975). The pullout of the Portuguese symbols of Colonialism soon followed. The Portuguese state airline building was abandoned, but its bright multi-coloured tiles now house a vibrant apartment block. The name of the airline still adorns the side of the building.
This building on Vladimir Lennin Ave, is the highest in Maputo. It is mostly resedential. You can take the lift to the 33rd floor. You can walk around and have great views of Maputo! It is something worth doing!
This is a beautiful Catholic Cathedral. It is an impressive building with interesting design. You will be able to visit inside. The white spire can be seen from far away and serves as a good landmark.