Mozambique’s cities display both cosmopolitan and traditional characteristics as they bloom with history and culture. In this Beira city guide, we will give you essential information about this top destination in Mozambique.
Beira is the capital of Sofala Province in Central Mozambique and a significant port city ever since the Portuguese colonized it. It serves as a gateway into the other Southern African countries like today’s Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi.
The port was developed by the Portuguese Mozambique Company that controlled the trade routes around the region. Today, it is the second-largest seaport after Maputo.
With a Mediterranean-like architecture, and numerous churches and temples, the city of Beira is very much like an open-air museum. Also, you will be surprised by how fun it can get at night.
Beira is in the tropical savanna climate zone with a rainy season from November to April. We recommend that you visit outside the rainy season. July is the coldest month, yet warm enough to enjoy the many tourist attractions (21 degrees Celsius).
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The historic Beira Port is the heart of the city during the day and at night. You can hop between many local stores and seafood restaurants or gaze at the neon city lights after dark.
The old city of Beira is full of photogenic houses with a distinct Mediterranean architecture. Like the Harbour, the old town is also home to many local craft stores for you to buy a lot of souvenirs.
As the center of art in Mozambique, Beira has numerous museums and galleries. The most popular location for art-lovers is Casa Dos Bicos that hosts exhibitions of Portuguese architecture and African art.
With its stones imported from Portugal in the early 1900s, the cathedral in Beira is a clear example of colonial architecture.
The Fort San Gaetano Ruins was built in the early 16th century. It is one of the oldest European-made structures in entire Southern Africa
Macuti Beach is one of the most popular locations in the city because of the unique combination of the historic lighthouse from the early 1900s and a shipwreck that ran aground in 1985. At low tide, the Indian Ocean recedes entirely away from the wreck, creating even a quirkier view.
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