2. Mingling in Port louis

Mingling in Port louis

In 1735 the French governor Mahé de La Bourdonnais made Port Louis a key harbor in this part of the ocean. Today, it is the island’s capital city and is worth a visit to see why Mauritius is hailed for its economic achievement. The best place to park is in the Caudan Waterfront, from where you can easily walk around the city, by far the busiest place in Mauritius during the day.

Feast your eyes on the colourful fruit and vegetable market, and let your senses be awakened by the scent of oriental spices in China Town with its restaurants serving delicious dishes. Enjoy walking along the old cobbled streets and seeing the original colonial houses and buildings that make this city so unique and interesting. Discover the museums and monuments, and do some shopping in the hundreds of shops selling everything from fabrics, to jewellery, to world famous clothing brands, there really is something for everyone!

To top off your day, take a drive to the Champ de Mars, the oldest horse-racing course in the southern hemisphere. Or if you want a beautiful view of the whole of Port Louis, visit the Citadelle, an old fort that once guarded the harbour against enemy attack and from local rebellion. For another stunning view, take a walk up the steps of the church of Marie Reine de la Paix, on the side of Signal Mountain.