Whereas Mozambique's capital Maputo lies in the deep, deep south of the country, second city Beira finds itself a bit closer to the center of the country. The coastal city is located in Sofala province at the mouth of the Pungue River and home to the country's busiest port.
Looking at the location and the kilometers of attractive beaches in front of the city, this could be a real favourite with tourists headed to Mozambique. That is not the case. The few hotels you do find here are actually quite decent (3 star establishments) but there is simply not that much to do in Beira. The Grande Hotel Beira is listed as a sight, but if you knew what the place looks like nowadays that fact would leave you scratching your head. The cathedral is nice enough and sights like the Macuti Lighthouse are okay if you really need to fill your time here, but other than that, there really isn't much else.
North of the city you can find the former Gorongosa National Park, which describes itself as one of Africa's greatest parks (we haven't been) and is home to lions, hippos, elephants and crocodiles in landscapes featuring savannah, mountains and woodlands. At 150km distance from Beira it is a bit of a stretch to list that as one of the reasons to come here, though. [Review by travelindicator]
You can find the best hotel deals in Beira here.
- Beira is a city in Mozambique's region of Sofala. It has a population of 436,240, is situated at an altitude of 394ft and the best airport to fly into is BEW (Beira, Beira)
- The main spoken language here is Portuguese, and the average English skill is low
- The currency used in Mozambique is the Mozambican metical (MZN)
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