Guide across the Island
Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius Island
Located on a hill overlooking the city and the harbor, the Port Louis Citadel (also called Fort Adelaide) is a fort that was built between 1834 and 1840 to protect the city from riots during the abolition of slavery. Today, concerts and shows with local and international artists are organized. The place certainly deserves a visit for the breathtaking view of the city, the mountains and the harbor, and to feel the soul of these old stones.
You cannot go to Port Louis without stopping at the Caudan Waterfront. Shops of famous brands, handicraft market, restaurants galore, sight on the port, walk among the sailboats, everything is there for your purchases, for your well-being and for your memories. Before you go, rummage in the only Caudan bookstore and perhaps in the shelves you will find treasures of Mauritian literature for all audiences.
The Caudan Waterfront
If you have never had the chance to follow a real horse race, the Champ de Mars is the place to be on Saturday or Sunday, from March to December. Whether you are in the plain or in the lodges, you will vibrate with the locals at the passages of these magnificent racehorses, ridden by experienced local and international jockeys. Not forgetting that the Champ de Mars and the oldest hippodrome in the southern hemisphere.
Champ de Mars
The Jummah mosque (Jummah Masjid), once a mosque of the Arabs is a mosque in Port Louis, Mauritius, dating back to the 1850s. The building combines Indian, Creole and Islamic architecture. The Jummah Mosque houses the remains of Jamal Shah (a peer of Kutch, India) in a marble tomb next to the mosque.
Marie Reine de la Paix unveils an unrestricted panoramic view of the capital of Mauritius. During the austral summer the Flamboyants red and orange in full bloom offers an additional charm to the site.
Marie Reine de la Paix
The central market of Port Louis, the center of the local economy since the Victorian era, is a good place to get an idea of the daily life of many inhabitants. Watch ambulance attendants at work and buy souvenirs. The most authentic are the wonderful sections of fruits and vegetables (including medicinal plants and aphrodisiacs) and the meat, fish and seafood market. If you are looking for souvenirs, a wide variety of Malagasy handicrafts is available, as well as souvenir t-shirts of varied quality. The level of turmoil here can be tedious, however, you will have to negotiate hard; start by reducing the price by about 30% and get a good deal.
Port Louis Market
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