Maputo is the premier city of Mozambique and the administrative capital. Maputo was known as Laurenco Marques under the Portuguese. The long civil war has left the city with a legacy of neglect and disrepair but efforts are underway to restore it to its former glory. Political stability and economic reforms have led to improved facilities in the city – new shops and restaurants, hotels nightclubs and an improved public transport system are some of the improvements.

The Museum of the Revolution, National Art Museum with its collection of the country’s contemporary artists and the old Fort on Parca are some of the attractions of Maputo.

Maputo perks up on Friday and Saturday evenings with late night parties and nightclubs that stay open till dawn.