Wondering what to see and do in Port Louis Mauritius? The bustling, modern capital of Mauritius island was founded in 1735 by French governor Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais. From its vantage point along the northwest coast, the business and administrative capital welcomes a number of tourists to its shores each year.
Day and night, Port Louis Mauritius is alive with culture, historical, retail, entertaining, wining and dining highlights, with plenty to see and do throughout the year.
Top Sights to See in Port Louis Mauritius
Wondering what to see and do in Port Louis Mauritius? Let’s take a look at some of the city’s top attractions to see what it has to offer its visitors…
A bustling shopping and entertainment centre, the historic waterfront area is home to museums, beautiful old buildings, a harbour, restaurants, street performers and plenty to see and do during the day and at night.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Commonly known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, this incredible garden is a popular tourist attraction in Pamplemousses, close to Port Louis. As the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s also where you can see giant tortoises and other sights.
Blue Penny Museum
Situated within the Caudan Waterfront, you will find the Blue Penny Museum. The museum takes its name from the famous two pence blue stamp – one of two unusual stamps that are beloved across the island. In case you are wondering, the other stamp is the red penny stamp.
Natural History Museum
This museum opened its doors in 1842. There are some 35,000 specimens displayed here, across four permanent galleries. A highlight of the museum is the Dodo replica, which is so well-known that there is an entire room dedicated to this iconic extinct bird.
Marie Reine de la Paix
On the side of Signal Mountain lies the Catholic Church Marie Reine de la Paix. There are about 82 steps leading up to this monument, but the views that you can enjoy from here are incredible, spanning across the city and out onto the Indian Ocean. The church also has a beautiful garden that is perfect to escape for some peace and quiet.
For some local shopping, the Central Market is always worthwhile. This market is an experience into itself, with a huge variety of goods ranging from clothing to textiles, fresh produce and herbs.
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