With its lively neighbourhoods, interesting museums, ethnic shops and colourful markets, Port Louis offers a lot to behold.
As the first historical site in Mauritius to be listed on the Unesco World Heritage, the Aapravasi Ghat symbolises to a great extent the Mauritian identity since the ancestors of more than 70% of present-day Mauritian population landed on the island through this immigrant depot. Initially known as "Coolie Ghat", the depot was renamed "Aapravasi Ghat" (the landing place of Immigrants) in 1987.
Located within the Caudan Waterfront, the Blue Penny Museum is the first museum devoted to Mauritian art and history. This museum boasts two of the rarest stamps in the world: the Mauritian 1847 Post Office Orange and Two Pence Blue, estimated to be worth more than US$ 1 million each.
With its convivial restaurants, traditional medicine pharmacies, shops, food stalls and traditional wares in all the street corners, China Town adds to the outlandish glamour of picturesque Port Louis.
Fashion pride and betting passion meet at the Port Louis Champ de Mars, dedicated to horse racing every Saturday from May to December. Founded in 1812, it is one of the oldest race courses in the Indian Ocean and the second oldest of the southern hemisphere.
The diversity of the Mauritian population is nowhere more evident than during a visit to the lively bustling and colourful Central Market, steps from Caudan Waterfront. Built in 1844, the market is a whirl of traders, sellers and craftsmen. The ideal meeting place for an in-depth experience of the Mauritian folklore and social diversity.