Maputo: Travel Guide with Polana Serena Hotel

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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…

  1. The grand Dame of Africa

Brown-sugar beaches, a pulsing nightlife, the best seafood on the East African coast. Make the grand Portuguese-colonial Polana Serena Hotel your home base especially with the newly refurbished Polana Mar now open to guests and which have a Hawaii Five 0 feel to them. Spend your morning hours lounging by the palm fringed cliff side pool, or spoil yourself to a spa session at the Maisha Spa. For those keen on fitness, the Maisha Health club will make sure you never miss a bit whether you are travelling for business or leisure.

  1. Culture Vultures

    Mozambique’s myriad of cultural and historical influences has left its mark on the country’s cities evident on landmarks such as the Railway Station on Maputo’s Workers’ Square designed by a pupil of Gustave Eiffe. Mint-green exteriors, a large dome, and wrought-iron latticework make the capital city of Maputo’s train station an unexpected, if modest, beauty. The station showcases several historic steam locomotives. Modern-day trains bring passengers through here daily.

  1. The Fish Market

    Back in Maputo, explore the cacophonous fish market (Avda. Marginal and Rua Palma), where fishmongers cajole shoppers in Tsonga, Ronga, and Portuguese into picking from their eye-popping catch. Walk your selection over to any one of the open-air cafés lining the market’s west end; a vendor will grill it to perfection and sell you a beer and some freshly roasted cashews to go with it

  1. The Night Life

    Dance the night away: head to one of the many vibrant nightclubs to see live bands and experience the Latin-meets-African rhythms of the city. For a wide array of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, head to the established Feira Popular compound, a popular haunt with both visitors and locals. The afro Jazz clubs of Maputo- The Sheik, on Mao Tse-tung, is raunchy but upscale, the sort of place you might find in Vegas or Atlantic City. From the Mini-Golfe Funky Bar to nameless jazz clubs whose patrons aren’t fussy about things like names, there is a continuous, lively Afro-Latin beat

  2. Latino Africa flavours

    The food- Mozambique is known for its amazing food, especially fresh caught sea food. Be sure to sample the peri-peri prawns, a hot favourite, as are the traditional cassava dishes. Get fresh and take colourful photos at the Maputo Central Market, offering a profusion of fruit, vegetables, produce and fish

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  1. Mavis

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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