Nampula is a province of Mozambique. It has an area of 81,606 km² and a population of approximately 3.4 million (2002). Under Portuguese rule this province was named Moçambique but with independence, the name was used for the entire country and the province renamed for its capital.
Nampula city is the capital city of Nampula Province in Mozambique. It has a population of 303,346 (1997 census), making it the third largest city in Mozambique after Maputo and Beira. Today, however, the city population is well over that number. It is home to the Mozambique National Ethnographic Museum, several markets, cathedrals and mosques.
Nampula city It is also the center of business in northern Mozambique. Nampula has a few western style hotels and restaurants. It also has an airport and is a transport hub for local transport in Northern Mozambique; however, it is not noted as a tourist destination.