The top sites to visit in Port Louis
To the north west of Mauritius is Port Louis, the island’s busy capital. It’s inhabited by nearly 150,000 people and is a hub of activity around the clock. Once you’ve spent time exploring the island’s fascinating nature, stunning seashores and deep blue water, get back to civilisation in Port Louis for the full picture of the island.
There, you can experience a historical city with something to offer everyone. There’s extensive culture, manifesting in parades, festivals, artwork, food stalls and performances, and its architecture tells a story of its long history of being colonised.
Head directly to these attractions to get a real feel for the city when you’re on the island of Mauritius:
1. The Government House
This stately building dates back to the 18th century, around the time of the city’s establishment under French rule. It is one of the city’s oldest buildings and has recently been renovated to house the country’s parliament. Its unique French colonial style means its a must-visit for fans of architecture.
2. Plaine Verte
Lively but run-down, Plaine Verte is the beating heart of the city’s Muslim Quarter – the perfect place to pick up traditional food and Mauritian specialties. It’s also possible to browse the wide range of luxury fabrics on-sale in this personality-filled neighbourhood.
3. Marie Reine de la Paix
Overlook the bustling city in absolute peace from this vantage point, a Catholic Church on the side of a mountain. You can reach the monument of the Virgin Mary by climbing all the way up 82 steps, and enjoy a panorama of the whole surrounding area and ocean once you reach the top.
4. Aapravasi Ghat
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the point at which thousands of freed Indian slaves arrived after the abolition of slavery. It is the original heart of the diaspora, who in the first half of the 19th century were sent by the British to work on a contractual basis rather than in the forced servitude of the colonists. Today, a memorial commemorates their journey and work.
5. Mahe de la Bourdonnais
As you make your way from the sea to the Government House, you pass through La Place d’Armes, the city’s vibrant historical central square. At its entrance is a statue to de la Bourdonnais, one of the island’s founding fathers, who settled on Mauritius as governer when it was named Isle de France.
6. Central Market
A market is popular in any city, and Port Louis’ is rightfully well-known. It’s got down-to-earth personality, and had a fairly major overhaul less than 20 years ago to drag it into the modern age. Still, you can experience a true classic market feel while shopping for fresh produce, street food or souvenirs.
You can’t visit Mauritius without seeing how its native population really lives – and you’ll experience that first-hand when you visit Port Louis. Take a trip to the island’s heart and soul to witness it for yourself.
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