A visit to Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius

Port Louis is the capital and largest city of Mauritius. It is a small city, but with enough attractions to dedicate a part of any trip to this beautiful country bathed by the Indian Ocean. Do you dare to discover everything that this paradise offers? This is what you should not miss.

The Port Louis Natural History Museum

Blue Penny Museum - Michal Porebiak / Flickr.com

The Natural History Museum is of great interest, since it houses a collection of more than 35,000 copies of animal and plant species, as well as geological samples. Some of them are unique because they have already disappeared from the Earth's surface. However, highlights the skeleton of the dodo, the most famous extinct bird in Mauritius.

Another museum that is worth visiting is the Blue Penny Museum, in which you will discover the history of the island from its origin. Among its most important objects we should mention the seals of one and two pence.

Likewise, near the Museum of Natural History is the Garden of the Company, one of the few parks that exist in the city. It was built by the French East India Company and, despite its small size, you can not stop walking through this charming place.

Climb up Fort Adelaide

Fort Adelaide - Willem Van Zyl / Flickr.com

It is also known as the Citadel. It was built between 1834 and 1840 in the upper part of the city. There you will find a viewpoint from which you will have great views of all of Port Louis. Therefore, do not forget the camera or mobile phone to immortalize all the beauty of this place.

Move to Cauden Waterfront

Cauden Waterfront It is the old port of the capital of Mauritius and one of the most pleasant areas of the city. In it there is a walk full of shops where you can buy a souvenir. There are also plenty of restaurants and terraces where you can taste the delicious local cuisine and the famous Phoenix beer.

See the Tamil temple of Abercrombie

Kaylasson Temple - J. Philipp Krone / Flickr.com

Something further from the urban core of Port Louis, but just as recommended, is the Tamil Abercrombie temple, also known as the Kaylasson temple. It is covered in all the colors of the rainbow, which gives it great beauty. To this is added the peace and tranquility that you breathe as soon as you pass through your door.

Aapravasi Ghat, the treasure of Port Louis

Aapravasi Ghat

It is one of the most important places in Port Louis. It is a complex of buildings that served to house hired workers from other countries, like India, instead of resorting to slavery. Today its descendants constitute a good part of the population of the island.

Aapravasi Ghat is located in Trou Fanfaron, in the heart of Port Louis and just behind the central market. Such is its importance in the history of the country, that It is declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Get to know Pere Laval church

It is an important pilgrimage point, since The remains of the French missionary Pere Jacques-Desire Laval rest there, to which many miracles are attributed, hence we are facing a kind of Indian Lourdes road. The conversion to Christianity of no less than 67,000 people is also attributed.

Attached to the building are a large modern church, as well as a shop with an exhibition of belongings belonging to Pere Laval. To get to this place you can take two buses that bear the name of 'Cité La Cure' and 'Père Laval'.

Stroll through the central market of Port Louis

It is composed of two zones: an external one where products related to handicrafts are sold and another covered with two floors. In the first one we can find vegetables, fruits or spices. In the second you will see all kinds of souvenirs to bring you a nice memory of your stay in Port Louis.

As you could see, and as we anticipated, Port Louis is home to places of interest worth knowing first hand. If you plan to spend a vacation in paradise that is Mauritius, do not forget to visit its capital.

Video: A Tourist's Guide to Port Louis, Mauritius (November 2019).