Cultural Tour of Port Louis, Port Louis (Self Guided)

Port Louis is the small capital city of Mauritius and although it is a small city, it has always attracted visitors. Its culture has been influenced over the years by Indian, Chinese, French and African immigrants. Writers and poets such as Mark Twain, Paul-Jean Toulet and Robert Edward Hart have found their inspiration here. Take this self-guided tour to explore the museums, to interact with the locals and gain insight into the history and culture of Port Louis.
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Cultural Tour of Port Louis Map

Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Port Louis
Guide Location: Mauritius » Port Louis (See other walking tours in Port Louis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: helenp
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Center for Culture

1) Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Center for Culture

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Center for Culture is a museum dedicated to a great Mauritius personality. It has seven rooms devoted to the life of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. The museum displays his personal items and has a collection of photographs that chart the main events in his career and life. Here you can also see a bronze statue of this statesman made by Alekandrov Moskow in 1987.
Municipal Theater

2) Municipal Theater (must see)

The Mauritius Municipal Theater is located in a beautiful historical building. Plays hosted by the theater are usually in one of three different languages: Creole, French or English. You can also see jazz and classical concerts here. Check the local newspapers to find more information on performance dates and times.
Natural History Museum

3) Natural History Museum (must see)

The Natural History Museum is the oldest museum on the island. It exhibits all kinds of marine creatures and has an extensive collection of now-extinct birds and reptiles. The most recognized item in this museum is a well-preserved Dodo bird. Admission to the museum is free, but you cannot take any photos inside.
Photography Museum

4) Photography Museum (must see)

The Photography Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum on the island. Its collection of valuable, historical photographs is housed in an old cottage. The museum focuses on the history of photography in Port Louis by showcasing old printing machines, cameras and cinema projectors. The museum has some of the first photos taken of the island, which date back to 1840.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 3 pm
National Library

5) National Library

The National Library is located on the first and second story of the Fon Sing Building. The library, with its collection of 230,000 books and documents, was opened to the public in 2000. The collection includes some rare books printed on the island, which the library purchased from the Mauritius Institute Library.

Walking Tours in Port Louis, Mauritius

Create Your Own Walk in Port Louis

Create Your Own Walk in Port Louis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Port Louis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Caudan Waterfront Tour in Port Louis

Caudan Waterfront Tour in Port Louis

Although it is small, the city of Port Louis offers a bit of everything. The Caudan Waterfront is a commercial development in Port Louis. It includes shops, banking facilities, bars, casinos, cinemas, restaurants, a marina, a museum and a five star hotel. The Caudan Waterfront area is a must visit for the tourists who come to Port Louis. Take this self-guided tour to explore one of the most...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Leisure Tour of Port Louis

Leisure Tour of Port Louis

Though a small city, Port Louis has the privilege of being a duty-free region, and it also has plenty of entertainment options. There are a number of small shops, markets, clubs and bars that offer a wide range of products and entertainment, all at reasonable prices. Check out the most popular spots to spend your leisure time in Port Louis on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is a major commercial port and the island's main city with a wealth of colonial past carefully preserved and reflected in the local architecture, rendering Port Louis a colorful blend of the French, Indian and African influences. To explore the city's main attractions, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Religious Buildings Tour of Port Louis

Religious Buildings Tour of Port Louis

Port Louis is a melting pot of different nationalities. There are African, Chinese, Indian and French communities all over the island. This diversity is reflected in the range of religious buildings found in the city. You will see everything from mosques to temples and cathedrals to pagodas. Take this self-guided tour to visit some of the most impressive places of worship in Port Louis.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Port Louis for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Port Louis has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Port Louis, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.