Places of interest

Central Railway Station

Central Railway Station

Designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1910, the railway station is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with marble pillars, wrought iron work and a large central dome. The grand building is one of Maputo's most impressive structures and is well worth a visit.

Central Market

The Central Market spills out of the shabby yet beautiful building in which it is housed, and is a hub of activity selling all kinds of goods, from handicrafts, basketware and carvings to fruit and vegetables, a variety of seafood and many household items. The market is a haven for pickpockets and thieves though and visitors should ensure that all valuables are concealed from view.

Polana Hotel

The grand dame of Maputo, Hotel Polana is one of the city's most desirable addresses, overlooking the bay. The historic hotel is a majestic building, evoking the style and sophistication of colonial times, with its gardens, Victorian lift and five-star luxury. A sunset drink in one of its cocktail bars is a must for passing visitors not tempted to splash out on an extravagant stay.

Museum of the Revolution

The museum relates the fascinating history of the revolution in Mozambique, detailing the violent struggle against Portuguese colonialism. Mozambique gained independence in 1975 and various maps, photos and displays of weapons chronicle the fight. All captions and text are in Portuguese.