In case you are thinking of a vacation in Mauritius, then the first few cities to cross your mind definitely include Port Louis. Located in the Port Louis district, the city is the capital of Mauritius. Port Louis is also the main port and the biggest city in the nation. The place enjoys a beautiful location at the center of the western coastline surrounded by lush green mountains. It is a busy town bubbling with energy, but if you are looking for hot nightspots in the said region, then you might be a little disappointed. Nightlife in the city and in Mauritius as a whole mainly focuses on beach resorts. However, Caudan Waterfront does offer some bright light and after dark entertainment options.
Given the nation’s multi-faceted history of colonialism, Port Louis houses several 18th-century French buildings, Catholic and Anglican basilicas, a mosque and a fortified fortress called Fort Adelaide. The citadel offers a panoramic view of the entire city, its harbor, and the very renowned racecourse. The racecourse is one of the major attractions of the region as it used to be the French military parade ground during the French colonialism, which was later converted into a racecourse, the first in the southern hemisphere.
Port Louis attractions
There is a huge diversity in the population of the country, which can be well witnessed at the colorful, bustling and lively Central Market situated near the Port Louis harbor at Farquhar Street. Pay attention to the main iron gate of the market. It was erected as a dedication to Queen Victoria in the year 1844. Once you have entered the souk, you will be amazed to see traders and buyers of diverse origins like Indian, Chinese, Creoles and various others.
Blue Penny Museum:
The museum is located at the Caudan Waterfront and is one of the major tourist attractions of Port Louis. The museum is mainly devoted to the country’s history and art.
The highlight of the museum is the Twopence Blue and Penny Orange stamp of the Mauritian Post Office which dates back to 1847. These stamps are now worth a million dollars per stamp.
Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses:
About 11 kilometers towards the northeastern region of Port Louis is situated one of the most premier tourist attractions of the city and Mauritius as a whole. The garden is officially termed as the ‘Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens’ which is enclosed by elegant wrought iron railings. The garden houses a brilliant collection of pandanus, Catania, mahogany, ebony, and palms along with huge Amazon water lilies which is a major attraction of the place.
Chamarel is a small village situated towards the southwestern region of the island which is known for its Seven Colored Earth and beautiful waterfalls amidst the green vegetation.
Port Louis climate:
There are not many climatic changes in Mauritius. The country mainly has two seasons (winter and summer) both being very similar to each other. Summer months are from November to April, when the temperature goes as high as 30 degrees C. The place experiences cyclones with heavy rains and strong winds during monsoon, which is from January-March. There are only a few degrees of temperature drop during the winter season.
Port Louis is a beautiful Mauritian city, which receives numerous tourists from all over the world. So, if you are also planning a vacation in Mauritius, don’t forget to include a stopover at Port Louis in your tour plan. While in the city, enjoy the beautiful art and culture, museums, entertaining excretions, and fantastic weather that the region offers.