Uncover the warmth and wilderness of Mozambique. Exotic, untamed, and ideal for the free-spirited adventurer. From its 2 500km-long tropical coastline and its untamed wilderness areas, to its remarkable heritage and culture, shaped by centuries of Portuguese, Indian, Arabic and African influences; from its soul to its sea, Mozambique promises an authentic, engaging spirit that will captivate those who are willing to earn it. Here’s why you should visit it…
Latino Africa flavours
Centuries of Arab, African, Portuguese, Chinese and Indian influences have shaped the culture of Mozambique today. From its laid-back Latin atmosphere and spicy cuisine to its Moorish architecture, Mozambique’s modern culture is maningue nice (very nice), diverse and captivating. With strong Portuguese and Arabic influences, Mozambique’s cuisine is spicy and varied, with such staples as piri-piri chicken, seafood curries and hearty soups often gracing restaurant menus. Enjoy fresh seafood dishes at Maputo’s renowned Mercado do Peixe (Fish Market) or head to a pasteleria (patisserie) for traditional Portuguese pastries such as pasteis de nata (custard tarts) or bolo de arroz (rice flour cake) and a coffee.
Hit the Beach, Baby!
Arguably Mozambique’s greatest differentiator is its incredible coastline and range of endemic marine species from dolphins to the ever-elusive dugong. From the Bazaruto Archipelago, one of Mozambique’s most pristine conservation areas to the ecologically pristine and largely unexplored marine area comprising over 30 islands stretching hundreds of miles that is the Quirimbas archipelago. Explore the destination’s Arabic and Portuguese heritage, not to mention exceptional diving, kayaking and snorkeling sites.
Culture Vultures unite
Enjoying influences from Africa, Portugal, India and even China, Mozambique’s diverse culture and heritage is reflected throughout its events, food and destinations. A jewel in Mozambique’s tourism crown is Ilha de Moçambique, a World Heritage Site and once the capital of Mozambique with a number of historical buildings in its Stone Town dating back to colonial times. Ibo Island for its part forms part of the Quirimbas archipelago located in northern Mozambique and was first regarded as a Muslim trading port before being fortified by the Portuguese in the 17th century.
Bright lights and city sights
Mozambique’s myriad of cultural and historical influences has left its mark on the country’s cities, from landmarks such as the Railway Station on Maputo’s Praça dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Square) designed by a pupil of Gustave Eiffel to the colonial flair of Beira reflected in its exceptional cuisine and architecture. Maputo’s city’s wide, tree-lined avenues, street music, traditional Portuguese cuisine served at cafes around the city and beautiful old colonial palaces give it a charm of yesteryear, while 1950s resort hotspot Beira has a number of beautiful beaches and colonial buildings such as the cathedral and lighthouse.
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Maputo Nightlife: Where to let loose in Maputo…
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Anantara Medjumbe: Barefoot luxury in the islands…
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