With its Mediterranean-style architecture, waterside setting and wide avenues lined with jacaranda and flame trees, Maputo is easily one of Africa's most attractive capitals.
If southern Mozambique’s lures are the accessible beaches and relaxing resorts, in the north it’s the paradisiacal coastal panoramas, the sense of space and the sheer adventure of travel.
The Southern Coast
For more than 500 years, visitors have been marvelling at the beauty of the southern Mozambican coastline.
In the annals of ancient Africa, central Mozambique – Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambézia provinces – had a much higher profile than it does today.
Pemba sprawls across a peninsula jutting into the enormous and magnificent Pemba Bay, one of the world’s largest natural harbours.
Nampula, Mozambique’s third-largest metropolis, is a crowded city with a hard edge.
Vilankulo is the finishing (or starting) point of Mozambique’s southern tourism circuit, and an institution on the southern Africa backpacking and overlanding scenes.
Beira, capital of Sofala province, is Mozambique’s second-largest city.
Mozambique Island (Ilha de Moçambique)
Crescent-shaped Mozambique Island (Ilha de Moçambique) measures only 3km in length and barely 500m in width at its widest section.
With its serene waterside setting, tree-lined avenues, faded colonial-style architecture and mixture of Arabic, Indian and African influences, Inhambane is one of Mozambique’s most charming towns and well worth a visit.
Chimoio is the capital of Manica province and Mozambique’s fifth-largest town.
Thanks to its sheltered azure waters, white sands, easy access and fine diving, the beach at Tofo has long been legendary on the southern Africa holiday circuit.
Niassa’s capital is pretty, low-key Lichinga (formerly Vila Cabral), which sits at about 1300m altitude, with an invigorating, cool climate and quiet, jacaranda-lined streets.
Dry, dusty Tete doesn’t have much in the way of tourist attractions and its reputation as one of the hottest places in Mozambique often discourages visitors.
Ponta D'ouro & Ponta Malongane
The sleepy colonial-era town of Ponta d’Ouro has boomed in popularity in recent years and is the first Mozambique stop on many southern Africa overland itineraries.
Bustling Quelimane is the capital of Mozambique’s densely populated Zambézia province and heartland of the Chuabo people.