Top attractions in Port Louis

Port Louis, Mauritius
A view of Port Louis. PHOTO/FILE
Port Louis, commonly referred to as the paradise island, is the capital city of Mauritius. It is a beautiful city blending yesterday’s treasures and traditions with modernity.

Port Louis is the Mauritius’ economic, political and cultural hub and can feel like a mixture of countries and cultures with a hint of China, India, Europe and the Middle East.

The main airport, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, is located 48km south-east of Port Louis. It has direct flights to and from several destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa. Transport from the airport to Port Louis can be arranged at the Tour Operators Hall.

Taxis are far quicker and much more convenient than public transport buses found in Port Louis especially if your luggage is more than a few bags.

Most of the taxis have no taximeter so always remember to agree on the price before starting the trip.

Your bucket list for Port Louis should include;

Port Louis Museum
It is a great place to learn about Mauritius’ flora and fauna. It has a gallery focusing on marine species, a second one for bird and terrestrial and a third one devoted to the dodo, the famous extinct Mauritian bird.

Mauritius Botanical Garden
It is also known as Pamplemousses Garden and is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere.

It is famous for its spice gardens, giant water lilies and unique collection of palms from Africa, Asia and central America.

Ile Aux Cerfs Island
Also known as the deer island in English. It is famous for its exquisite white sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and colourful marine life. There is a wide variety of activities to engage in including swimming, sun bathing, surfing, glass bottom boat rides and snorkelling in the lagoon.

The Blue Penny Museum
The museum is far more wide ranging than the name suggests. It was initially dedicated to the one and two pence Mauritian stamps and also takes in the history of the island’s expedition, settlement and colonial period. The centre of attraction is the red one penny and blue two pence post office stamps issued in 1847.

Nightlife in Port Louis comes alive during weekends with both locals and tourist filling the clubs and bars. The main place with life after dark is Le Caudan Waterfront where you will find bars, restaurants, cinemas and casinos. Most clubs charge little or no entrance fee which is ideal for club hopping.

Here are five hotels you should consider for your accommodation in Port Louis: Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, Holiday Inn Mauritius, Labournais Waterfront Hotel, Hotel Champ de Mars and Le Saint Georges Port Louis.