Discover Mauritian traditions in Port Louis

  • Situated on the sea side, on two mountain foothills - Pieter-Both (2,699 ft) and Mount Pouce (2,663 ft) - Port Louis is a buzzing capital city with many daytime activities available, but absolutely dead at night. In 30 years time, the city centre has changed radically. The charming colonial town has turned into a city of office tower blocks, looking like a small Hong Kong. The novelty is Caudan Waterfront, ...
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  • Port-Louis is the capital of Mauritius.
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  • The Champs de Mars is a horse-racing track that is very popular with the locals, especially at the weekends.
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  • The capital is protected by a mountain range, making the city extremely hot all year round.
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  • The capital is still very much marked by its French and British colonial past. You will find quaint houses made of metal with front porches.
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  • This is the newest development in Port-Louis. The Caudan is a large western shopping centre with restaurants and two hotels built right on the water.
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  • You can find pretty much anything you're looking for here, from socks to electronics, tapes of sega music, to fresh fruit.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Mauritius

Situated on the sea side, on two mountain foothills - Pieter-Both (2,699 ft) and Mount Pouce (2,663 ft) - Port Louis is a buzzing capital city with many daytime activities available, but absolutely dead at night. In 30 years time, the city centre has changed radically. The charming colonial town has turned into a city of office tower blocks, looking like a small Hong Kong. The novelty is Caudan Waterfront, a tourism-cum-shopping centre built on the harbour, which gives the area the look of an entertainment park.
You can see Port Louis in half a day. It is recommended to arrive after the morning traffic jams. You should make a special effort to see the Chinese district, Compagnie gardens, Place d'Armes (parade ground) in order to see the old Port Louis as seen on postcards. Not far from the market, the Jummah mosque and its superb green and white façade, can be visited everyday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, except on Thursdays and Fridays. For a general view, do not hesitate to go up to Fort Adelaide which overlooks the city. It is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

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