Trip Planner:   Africa  /  Mozambique  /  Maputo Province  /  Maputo  /  Vila Algarve

Vila Algarve, Maputo

1.8
#5 of 6 in Historic Sites in Maputo
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Create an itinerary including Vila Algarve
Once an example of residential colonial architecture, Vila Algarve served as the seat of the secret police during the Portuguese colonial period. When the villa was constructed in 1934, it featured lavish tile work. The remains of exterior decoration can still be seen, though the building has continuously fallen into disrepair since the country gained independence. Different plans have been made for the future of the villa--a lawyer's association wants to turn it into their headquarters, while the government wants to turn it into a museum--but nothing has been done yet. For Vila Algarve and beyond, use our Maputo trip planner to get the most from your Maputo vacation.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Vila Algarve reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 2.5
57 reviews
Google
3.5
TripAdvisor
  • During the 1930s until liberation in 1974 this villa with its beautiful azulejos (blue decorative tiles), was used by Pide, the feared Portugese secret police. Pide targeted anyone who rose up... 
    During the 1930s until liberation in 1974 this villa with its beautiful azulejos (blue decorative tiles), was used by Pide, the feared Portugese secret police. Pide targeted anyone who rose up...  more »
  • We were staying in the next door Hotel Terminus and saw the beautiful Portuguese tiles on this abandoned building. We could also see the building from the hotel corridors. Take a look on Wikipedia... 
    We were staying in the next door Hotel Terminus and saw the beautiful Portuguese tiles on this abandoned building. We could also see the building from the hotel corridors. Take a look on Wikipedia...  more »
Google
  • Haunting place. Great for photos.

Plan your trip to Maputo

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.