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  • 1 Port Louis' central market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Queen St.

    This is the place where you can feel the pulse of Port Louis. This large covered market, on the north side of the Place d'Armes near Chinatown, is bursting with spices, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and healing herb teas, as well as items made for t..

  • 2 Place d'Armes Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place d'Armes

    On this square facing the harbour, a long alleyway lined with royal palms connects the statue of Mahé de La Bourdonnais (1699-1753), named governor of the island in 1735, and the typically colonial Government House (1738). Here on the Place d'Armes, ..

  • 3 St-Georges Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St-Georges St.

    Creole houses, traditionally made of wood, have two stories and may come with a verandah to increase their size in response to a growing family. Note the pretty homes at numbers 20, 25 and 32 bis St-Georges St., in a quiet neighbourhood west of the C..

  • 4 Chinese Quarter Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corderie St.

    The Chinese began coming to Mauritius in the 19C, bringing their dynamism and spirit of enterprise. In Port Louis a great "gate" marks the entrance to Chinatown, east of the central market. Behind it, the tightly packed, colourful stalls of..

  • 5 Mosquée Jummah Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Royal St.

    Built north of Chinatown in the mid-19C, Jummah Mosque is endowed with a fine sculpted wooden doorway. The Muslim community on Mauritius is mainly composed of Sunnis.

  • 6 State House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The State House, or Château du Réduit, a vast colonial residence built in 1748, stands imposingly in formal gardens. First a place of refuge in the event of a British attack - Mauritius being under French rule at the time - it became the residence fo..

  • 7 Maisons coloniales de Moka et St-Pierre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    When the capital was struck by a malaria epidemic in 1865, there was a vast exodus from Port Louis, mainly by rich residents who came to settle in Moka and St-Pierre. These superb colonial houses are the vestiges of their time here.

  • 8 Trou aux Cerfs Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Trou aux Cerfs, the crater of an extinct volcano overrun with thick shrubs and undergrowth, 180m wide at the base and 80m deep, evokes the stag hunts organised in honour of the royal princes in the 19C. The road that hedges it, George V Avenue, looks..

  • 9 Maheswarnath Hindu Temple Interesting

    Religious buildings

    This temple complex built in 1891, decorated with colourful sculptures and topped by white domes, is only a few kilometres from the coast. It is certainly the most highly venerated temple on the island after the one at Grand Bassin, and exudes an atm..

  • 10 Pointe aux Canonniers Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    This propitious site west of Grand Baie, ideal for spotting fugitive slaves and English invaders, was a military camp for the French settlers. Now a plush residential area, the peninsula boasts several hotels with a magnificent view of the islands to..

  • 11 Kestrel Valley Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Domaine du Chasseur can be reached on a trail leading inland from the village of Anse Jonchée. After 2km one enters a (900ha) natural sanctuary that is a delight for ecotourists as they make their way through the island's last primal forest inhab..

  • 12 Musée Frederik Hendrik Interesting

    Museums and art

    Pavillon du Grand Port

    At Pavillon du Grand Port, near the Church of N.-D.-du-Grand-Pouvoir on the left, you can see the remains of French buildings erected in the 18C on the ruins of Fort Hendrik, the island's first fortress built by the Dutch. The Frederik Hendrik Museum..

  • 13 Vallée de Ferney Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Ferney Valley is a natural sanctuary in the heart of the mountains that dominate the eastern part of the island. This natural forest reserve is supervised by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. There is a guided tour of this area that shelters ver..

  • 14 National History Museum of Mahébourg Interesting

    Museums and art

    Royal Road

    The National History Museum contains various objects, furniture and maps illustrating the colonial history of the island under successive Dutch, French and English rule. It occupies an 18C castle.

  • 15 Biscuiterie H. Rault Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Rue Fabien

    At this little cottage industry factory, in operation since the 19C, you can taste the manioc flour biscuits after seeing how they are produced. The products are sold in the markets in Mahébourg.

  • 16 Pointe d'Esny Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Rugged Pointe d'Esny beach and its vast lagoon (beware of urchins!) extends from the road along the water at the southern end of Mahébourg. Lined by a series of more or less luxurious encampments, it was long the favoured beach of the Franco-Mauritia..

  • 17 Bois Chéri Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Bois Chéri

    In Bois Chéri, cane fields give way to the island's only tea plantations, unfolding in harmonious dark green strips. Bois Chéri is the name of the town, the factory and the brand of tea produced here. After your visit, the growing and making of tea w..

  • 18 Rochester Falls Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    From Riambel to Souillac a well-marked road (about 4km) then a rocky trail (500m) through cane fields takes you to Rochester Falls, upstream from the Savanne River. Tectonic movement and erosion from the river have shaped the basalt into upright cubi..

  • The Réserve des Mascareignes is a 6ha tropical park where you stroll among bamboo, palm trees and orchids while exploring the fauna of the Mascareignes and Africa, including Nile crocodiles, Central American iguanas, green lizards, giant Seychelles t..

  • 20 Île aux Bénitiers Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Île aux Bénitiers, north of Morne Brabant, is fringed with coconut trees and white sand and inhabited by a few fishermen. It offers heavenly swimming with a breathtaking view of le Morne and the island's jagged peaks. Excursions are organised by the ..

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