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Catholic Cathedral in Nampula
Nampula is located in Mozambique
Coordinates: 15°07′S 39°16′E / 15.117°S 39.267°E / -15.117; 39.267
Country  Mozambique
Provinces Nampula Province
Population (2007)
 - Total 471,717

Nampula is the capital city of Nampula Province in Mozambique. It has a population of 303,346 (1997 census), and 471,717(2007 census)[1] 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.

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.

Abel Xavier, a Portuguese football player, and Carlos Queiroz, a Portuguese football manager formerly in charge of Real Madrid, are also from Nampula, by then a city of the Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique.



A railway line serves this town. A railway workshop is located here. The town also has an airport, Nampula Airport.


Year Population[2]
1970 126 126
1997 314 965
2007 477 900



External links

Coordinates: 15°07′S 39°16′E / 15.117°S 39.267°E / -15.117; 39.267


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Nampula is the capital of Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique, surrounded by plains and rocky outcrops. The city is connected by plane (LAM) to Maputo; it hosts the regional market and is well supplied with shops, banks, hotels and restaurants.

Nampula Cathedral
Nampula Cathedral
  • Cathedral. Large and domed.  edit
  • Museu Nacional de Etnologia. Tu-Sa 2PM-4:30PM, Su 10AM-4:30PM. Nice collection of artefacts including masks and musical instruments. At the back of the museum is a Makonde cooperative workshop where you can see Makonde wood carvers.  edit
Market vendors in Nampula
Market vendors in Nampula
  • Banco Austral.  edit
  • BCI-Fomento.  edit
  • Millennium,.  edit
  • Standard Bank.  edit


The Copacabana in front of the Tropical Hotel is recommended. Good seafood. Cold beer and wines. Picturesque settings. You'll find your NGO guy/lady from all over the world there!

The Restaurant of Tropical Hotel is also good, but less choices than the Copacabana.

Avoid the Girassol hotel restaurant at all cost! Food is warmed up and its a festival of soggy fries in glassy sauces.

The Sporting is a good place to eat, if its not raining: nice tables set outside and separated by neat little hedges. Great place to watch sport events on a telly.

  • Milenio, Av 25 September, +258 26 218877. The Milenio is the latest addition to Nampula. A very modern stylish building.  edit
  • Girassol, Commercial Center, Av Eduardo. Mondlane, +258 26 216000, [1]. This is a relatively new hotel on the fourth floor of a commercial center. Comfortable rooms with A/C. Free internet access. Excellent breakfast included. In the same building you can find café Atlantico for good coffee and snacks  edit
  • Tropical, Rua Macombra opposite Restaurant Copacabana, +258 26 212232(. Getting a bit run down  edit
  • Lurio, Av. Independència, +258 26 212898. Clean and modern town centre hotel. No bar, but has good restaurant that will send out for beer/wine. Internet available free on first floor MT1900.  edit
  • Residencial Karuthakka, Rue 3 Fevereiro. A new hostel, budget, good value for money.  edit
  • Residencia Monte Carlo, Rua cidade de Mocambique. One of the cheapest places in Nampula, but don't expect anything else but the basic necessities.  edit
  • Pensao Parque, Ave Paulo Samuel Kankhombe (close to the Residencia Monte Carlo), similar rooms.

Get out

Nampula is the staging post for journeys further north (towards the Tanzania border) or west (towards Malawi). The only passenger railway service in the Country connects the town with Cuamba near the Malawi border.

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