Maputo is one of Africa's most attractive capitals. It's set on a small cliff overlooking Maputo Bay, with wide avenues lined by jacaranda and flame trees, a plethora of pleasant sidewalk cafes and a relaxed atmosphere. The city was founded in the 18th century but unfortunately not much from that period remains in the city today. Today due to the high influx of tourists there are mnay upmarket accommodation venues that have opened. Some of the old hotels have been resorted to thier orginal splendour as well as numerous smaller lodges, guest houses and back packers.
The biggest historic attraction is the Portuguese Tatres, built in 1787. A more recent landmark is the Mousink de Albuquerque Square in the centre of town, a definite must to see. Maputo is also renowned for its colonial Portuguese architecture and impressive skyline and was once regarded as among the most fashionable cities in Africa. However only recently the city has come into itís own as it has been overshadowed first by colonialism, then by war. Today Maputo is a lively, bustling place with colourful markets, intriguing architecture, a wealth of cultural offerings, and great nightlife. Maputo is easily accessible by road and air and is a good base from where to plan a holiday through Mozambique.