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Maputo City Tour

Maputo City Tour

Maputo, formerly known as Lourenço Marques, named after a Portuguese explorer who landed here in 1544, is the capital of Mozambique. Most of the city's infrastructure (and architecture) was destroyed during the nearly thirty years of war that began with the Portuguese independence movement in 1962 and continued after independence in 1975. A peace treaty was signed in 1992 officially bringing the war to an end. Today the city is slowly recreating some of its former glory.

We will meet at the beautiful Railway Station, which is definitely an architectural highlight of Maputo. It was built during 1908-10 and designed by engineer Alfredo Augusto de Lima. The remarkable bronze dome, founded specially for the building, was constructed in South Africa and its assembly was an innovation for that time.

We will walk from the Praça dos Trabalhadores to Mercado Central, a place with an immense diversity of colours and aromas. After that, we keep on walking towards the classic and sophisticated café Continental, where you will have a chance to taste the famous “pastéis de nata” and an expresso coffee.

We will go to the Maputo Fort, one of the most visited attractions in the city. It was originally built in 1721 and destroyed and rebuilt by many people, in several occasions. You will have an opportunity to do a trip to the past, reviving old stories of corsairs and sailors. After that, we will walk back to the Railway Station, enjoying the ambience of the Maputo quayside. Maputo, formerly known as Lourenço Marques, named after a Portuguese explorer who landed here in 1544, is the capital of Mozambique. Most of the city's infrastructure (and architecture) was destroyed during the nearly thirty years of war that began with the Portuguese independence movement in 1962 and continued after independence in 1975. Duration: 2.5 hours.

Start/opening time: 9:30 am.

End/closing time: 12pm.

Languages: Portuguese / English.

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