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What to see in Port Louis

Port Louis Attractions


Port Louis boasts some attractions to keep tourists off the beaches, including the Champs de Mars racecourse, which is one of the oldest in the world, having celebrated its first race in 1812. A day at the horse races is wonderful fun when staying in Port Louis. The Blue Penny Museum is the cultural and historical highlight of the Caudan Waterfront and contains two of the oldest and rarest postage stamps in the world. Within the crush of the bustling Port Louis Central Market visitors can buy all sorts of treasures, and a stroll and picnic in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses is a delight. There are some worthwhile inland excursions from the city, like a trip to the old sugar cane estate of Domaine Les Pailles. And then, of course, there are the beaches. The tourist hubs of Grand Baie and Flic en Flac, with their long white beaches, calm waters and coral reefs are close to Port Louis and great favourites with visitors.

Travellers in Port Louis will find themselves getting around the town by foot, as none of the distances are too great. Taxis are readily available and efficient, and are easily recognisable by their yellow signs. Car rental agencies such as Hertz can be found throughout the town for visitors wanting to explore the island themselves.


Blue Penny Museum

The lively Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis features the Blue Penny Museum, which is primarily devoted to Mauritian art…

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Port Louis Central Market

The diversity of the Mauritian population is never more obvious than during a visit to the lively, bustling and colourful…

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Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses

About seven miles (11km) northeast of Port Louis, and easily reached by regular buses, lies one of the island's premier…

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