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Port LouisMauritius

Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius on the shores of the Indian Ocean, is a truly cosmopolitan city that is sure to fascinate visitors with its variety of cultures.

Located on the north-west coast of the island and therefore sheltered from storms, the city is made up of a fusion of Western buildings and Creole houses: the result of a wide ethnic mix that makes the island so diverse.

Far from western capitals, Port Louis still bears the scars of its colonial past. The city was founded in 1735 by French settlers, under the government of Mahé de Labourdonnais which built its well-equipped port, and today this melting pot of cultures is inhabited by the descendants of Indian, Chinese, African and European immigrants. Over the course of its history, the city has been occupied by the Dutch, French and British. After the arrival of the British, a great many Indian merchants settled in the capital. Let yourself be transported into an authentic ocean of culture where art and history are everywhere.

Every little corner of the city seems to be bristling with evidence of this turbulent past. Start your visit with an overview of Port Louis, looking down from the heights of Fort Adelaide. Then go down to the capital itself, taking your time as you walk along the pretty cobblestone pavements, much loved by the locals and a remnant of the French era. As you wander around, you are bound at some point to arrive at Port Louis Central Market where the sights and smells of the local produce will undoubtedly delight you. Next, step into the Far East with an exploration of Port Louis’ Chinatown. Continuing the Asian theme, Aapravasi Ghat is a UNESCO world heritage site and was the spot where the first Indian immigrants landed in the 19th century.

Other sights to discover include the Champ de Mars, a very popular racecourse which hosts regular meetings and horse races, and the Domaine Les Pailles, where you will step back in time to get an idea of the atmosphere of the sugar cane plantations of Mauritius. And don't forget to visit Le Caudan Waterfront, where you can find big brands as well as local handmade goods.

A trip to Port Louis offers a journey brimming with a thousand colours and flavours.

Top hotels in Port Louis

Le Suffren Hotel & Marina
Le Suffren Hotel & Marina
4 out of 5
Le Caudan, Po Box 91, Port Louis
The price is £143 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in the heart of Port Louis, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Blue Penny Museum and Port Louis Market. Caudan Waterfront Casino and Caudan ...

4/5Very Good! (237 reviews)

"This was a very comfortable clean hotel with beautiful setting and surrounds. Great facilities and excellent staff who went beyond expectations during a difficult period of travel. Highly recommended for any type of traveller."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Le Suffren Hotel & Marina
Villa Anakao
Villa Anakao
3.5 out of 5
154 Royal Road, Pointe Aux Sable, Port Louis
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £104 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

This family-friendly Port Louis hotel is located on the waterfront, 3 mi (4.8 km) from Tamil Temple, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Albion Public Beach and Port ...

4.4/5Excellent! (73 reviews)
More A Manor House Than Hotel

"Quick and friendly check in/out. Room was clean and spacious with all furniture and fixtures made of wood. The provided lighting was not enough for the size of room. Felt as if we were staying in a country manor house rather than a hotel. The included breakfast was limited to bread products and cold ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020

Villa Anakao
Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel
Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel
5 out of 5
Caudan Waterfront, Po Box 91, Port Louis

Located in the heart of Port Louis, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Caudan Waterfront and Port Louis Market. Caudan Waterfront Casino and Blue ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (215 reviews)

"The staff were very professional and understanding apart from the young girls at the reception desk. The hospitality was excellent in the food service area."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Port Louis

Studio Frangipane - Sand Spits
Studio Frangipane - Sand Spits

Situated in Port Louis, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Tamil Temple, Port Louis Market and Christian Decotter Cruise Terminal. Caudan Waterfront ...

Studio Frangipane - Sand Spits
Riva Bella
Riva Bella
3.5 out of 5
Residence Riva Bella, Route Royale, Port Louis

Nestled on the beach, this Port Louis aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis Market and Mall of Mauritius. Quatre Bornes Central ...

3/5 (8 reviews)
Bad location

"As a stopover before a cruise it was badly located with no shops or eating venue within a $20 taxi ride each way!)"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

Riva Bella
Chalet Typique Mauricien Pour 4 à 150 m de la Plage
Chalet Typique Mauricien Pour 4 à 150 m de la Plage
The price is £139 per night from 27 Oct to 28 Oct

Situated in Port Louis, this chalet is within 6 miles (10 km) of Tamil Temple, Port Louis Market and Pointe aux Caves Lighthouse. Christian Decotter Cruise Terminal ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Inoubliable

"Un endroit idéale pour le dépaysement! Oliver est un hôte très sympathique et disponible. Nous le remercions très sincèrement pour son accueil. Son chalet typique mauricien était exactement ce que nous recherchions pour un premier contact avec l'ile Maurice. Nous recommandons cet hébergement sans ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2017

Chalet Typique Mauricien Pour 4 à 150 m de la Plage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Port Louis

Port Louis Market
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Port Louis Market

3.5/5(36 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Port Louis Market, a popular shopping spot in Port Louis. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Top things to do in Port Louis

Mauritius à La Car: Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur Guide
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Mauritius à La Car: Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur Guide

£134
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Full Day Port Louis & Pamplemousses Guided Tour with Lunch
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Full Day Port Louis & Pamplemousses Guided Tour with Lunch

£86
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Exploring the Incredible South-West Of Mauritius: Full-Day
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Exploring the Incredible South-West Of Mauritius: Full-Day

£97
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Authentic South Tour
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Authentic South Tour

£109
Per adult
Discovering the North of Mauritius: Full-Day tour incl Lunch
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Discovering the North of Mauritius: Full-Day tour incl Lunch

£100
Per adult
TAXI ONLY to ILE AUX CERFS MAURITIUS PARADISE ISLAND CATAMARAN or SPEED BOAT.
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TAXI ONLY to ILE AUX CERFS MAURITIUS PARADISE ISLAND CATAMARAN or SPEED BOAT.

£84
Per adult

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