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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 houses a collection of more than 35,000 specimens of animal and plant speciesas well as geological samples. Some of them are unique because they have already disappeared from the Earth’s surface. However, the skeleton of the dodo, the most famous extinct bird of Mauritius, stands out.

Another museum 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 one and two penny stamps.

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 miss walking through this charming place.

Climb up to 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 your 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 promenade full of shops where you can buy a souvenir. There are also countless restaurants and terraces where you can taste the delicious local cuisine and the famous Phoenix beer.

See the Abercrombie Tamil Temple

Kaylasson Temple – J. Philipp Krone / Flickr.com

A little further from the urban core of Port Louis, but just as recommendable, is the Abercrombie Tamil 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 are breathed as soon as you walk through its 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 contracted workers from other countries, like India, instead of resorting to slavery. Today their descendants make up a large part of the island’s population.

Aapravasi Ghat is located in Trou Fanfaron, in the middle of Port Louis Bay 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.

Know the Pere Laval church

It is an important pilgrimage point, since in it rest the remains of the French missionary Pere Jacques-Desire Laval, to which multiple miracles are attributed, hence we are facing a kind of Lourdes Indian road. He is also credited with converting as many as 67,000 people to Christianity.

Attached to the construction are a large modern church, as well as a store with an exhibition of belongings belonging to Pere Laval. To get to this place you can take two buses named ‘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 crafts are sold and another covered with two floors. In the first we can find vegetables, fruits or spices. In the second you will see all kinds of souvenirs to take home a nice souvenir of your stay in Port Louis.

As you may have verified, and as we already anticipated, Port Louis is home to sights worth seeing first-hand. If you plan to spend a holiday in the paradise that is Mauritius, do not forget to visit its capital.

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