With peace restored, Mozambique is open to travellers. If you're planning a trip to this oft-overlooked country, don't miss these top spots
Mozambique’s capital is chic Afro-Portuguese, with superb restaurants and bars. Take a walking tour with Jane Flood
, focusing on the city’s architectural gems, and explore the Mafalala region, the birthplace of the liberation movement, with community tourism NGO Iverca
. Rail station in Maputo, Mozambique (Shutterstock)
2. Machangulo Bay
Discover spectacularly wild and empty beaches, superb snorkelling, diving, fishing and kayaking, and the village of Santa Maria with its small beach bars. Not far from Maputo, but a world away.
3. Ilha de Moçambique
The former capital of Portuguese East Africa for 400 years, this tiny island is how Zanzibar might’ve been 40 years ago, full of slave-trade history, Arab-Swahili culture and faded grandeur. A magical place. Ilha de Moçambique (Shutterstock)
4. Benguerra Island, Bazaruto National Park
A perfect honeymoon location, with romantic lodges on the shore, horseriding on the beach, sundowner cruises and sunsets to swoon over. This marine reserve has pristine coral gardens and over 300 species of fish.
5. Ibo Island
One of the 32 islands making up the Quirimbas Archipelago, little-visited Ibo has a fascinating history as a slave port with a distinctive Mediterranean vibe. Perfect for hikes and cycles exploring the ‘lost in time’ town of the same name. Main image: Beach in Mozambique (Shutterstock)