Port Louis Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Port Louis

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.
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Port Louis Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Port Louis Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Mauritius » Port Louis (See other walking tours in Port Louis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Saint Louis Cathedral
  • Fort Adelaide
  • Champ de Mars Racecourse
  • Saint James Cathedral
  • Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix
  • Company Gardens
  • Natural History Museum
  • Government House
  • Central Market
  • Jummah Mosque
  • Chinatown
  • Aapravasi Ghat
  • Mauritius Postal Museum
  • Le Caudan Waterfront
Saint Louis Cathedral

1) Saint Louis Cathedral

Saint Louis Cathedral was founded in 1933 and is the most popular religious building on the island of Mauritius. Every week Catholic worshipers gather here to pray. Saint Louis Cathedral was built in the Gothic style and is one of the oldest churches on the island, as a church has existed at this site since 1752.
Fort Adelaide

2) Fort Adelaide (must see)

The Citadel of Port Louis is better known as Fort Adelaide. It is a fortification that was built from 1834 to 1840 on a hill facing the harbor. The ease with which the British captured the island of Mauritius in 1810 led the invaders to strengthen the island's defenses. The British rapidly built several forts, including Fort George, Fort Adelaide, Fort William and Fort Victoria. Only Fort Adelaide remains today.
Champ de Mars Racecourse

3) Champ de Mars Racecourse (must see)

The Champ de Mars Racecourse is a track for thoroughbred horse races, which is located close to the center of the city at the Mauritius Turf Club (M.T.C). The Mauritius Turf Club was founded in 1812, making it the oldest horse-racing club in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the oldest in the world. On June 25, 1812, the Champ de Mars racecourse was inaugurated, and the first organized race in the history of the island was held. The Champ de Mars track follows a very selective right hand oval path and is relatively small in size, with a circumference of 1,298 meters (4,258.5 feet) and a width of between 12 and 14 meters (39 and 46 feet). The home straight extends uphill and is 225 meters (738 feet) long. Thoroughbred racing is the most popular sport on the island, and the electrifying ambiance on race days, notably during the Maiden Cup (a listed race), is unique in the world of horse racing.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint James Cathedral

4) Saint James Cathedral

Saint James Cathedral is situated near Saint Louis Cathedral and opened in 1850. The church's interior is composed primarily of wood. Inside you will find numerous name plates that commemorate notable Mauritian residents of the past. It has a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, making it an ideal place to pray or gather your thoughts.
Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix

5) Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix

The Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix is situated on a hill at the outskirts of the city. This religious building is very popular not only with the locals, but also with tourists who come to admire the building's modern architecture. The chapel is surrounded by a green area from which you can enjoy a great view of Port Louis.
Company Gardens

6) Company Gardens (must see)

Company Gardens is the biggest park in Port Louis. The banyan trees growing in the garden provide plenty of shade. There are a number of landmarks to see on your stroll through the park, which include statues of Prosper d'Épinay, fountains, and more. Be sure to visit before dark, because the park becomes unsafe at night.
Natural History Museum

7) 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.
Government House

8) Government House (must see)

The Government House is located on Place S Bissoondoyal. This "U"-shaped building includes French architectural influences. It was founded in 1738 and has since remained one of the city's main attractions. In front of the colonial edifice sits an imposing statue of Queen Victoria.
Central Market

9) Central Market (must see)

Central Market is the most renowned market in the city. It was founded in the Victorian era and has remained at the center of the island's economy. It was reconstructed in 2004 and is a clean, hygienic place. Here you can buy souvenirs, fresh herbs, fruit, seafood, fish and vegetables. Visit this bustling market to experience the true spirit of Mauritius.
Jummah Mosque

10) Jummah Mosque (must see)

The Jummah Masjid is a mosque dating from the 1850s, with substantial additions built through the 1890s. It is located on the Royal Road, and is described by the Ministry of Tourism's guide as the most beautiful religious building in the country. The Jummah Masjid is known to broadcast live the Jummah Prayers every Friday and taraweeh prayers during the month of Ramadan. Eid Prayers are also broadcast live.

The Jummah Mosque incorporates elements of Moorish and Munhal architecture, with its massive columns and imposing arches. In the middle of the open court stands an old Badamia (Indian Almond or Terminalia Cattapa) Tree, which is older than the Mosque itself. In fact, the tree already stood on one of the two original plots of land on Queen Street acquired in 1852. The designers of the Mosque, in drawing up the plans of the building, decided to incorporate the Badamia Tree into the overall structure of the Mosque. The Tree adds a special charm to the austere place, its huge branches providing shade to worshipers in the sweltering heat of Port Louis.

From the towering bulbous domes, glistening white, hung the brilliant glass chandeliers that provided lighting for over fifty years – that is, till the advent of electricity. The beautiful chandeliers can still be seen hanging in the prayer hall though the interior is now lit with fluorescent bulbs. The prayer hall is remarkable for its interior which comprises a subtle blend of Arabic and Indian motifs.
Sight description based on wikipedia

11) Chinatown (must see)

Chinatown is the best place to find a bargain in Port Louis. This area is located between the two Chinese gates on Royal Street. Here you can purchase traditional Chinese food, souvenirs and clothes. Chinatown is a vibrant area of town and a great place to people watch.
Aapravasi Ghat

12) Aapravasi Ghat (must see)

The Immigration Depot (Hindi: Aapravasi Ghat) is a building complex located on the island of Mauritius, which was the first British colony to receive contracted labor workforce from India. From 1849 to 1923, half a million Indian indentured labourers passed through the Immigration Depot, to be eventually transported to plantations throughout the British Empire. In Mauritius alone, 68 percent of the current total population has Indian forebears. The Immigration Depot has become an important reference point in the history and cultural identity of Mauritius.

Unchecked infrastructural development in the mid-20th century, however, meant that only the partial remains of three stone buildings from the entire complex have survived. These are now protected as a national monument and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conservation efforts are underway to restore the fragile buildings back to their 1860s state.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mauritius Postal Museum

13) Mauritius Postal Museum (must see)

The Postal Museum is located near the Post Office of Mauritius. The 18th-century stone edifice housing the museum is small. It once served as a hospital, but today it is a National Heritage building. The Postal Museum's mission is to develop philately on the island and to preserve locally-made stamps, which are valued highly around the world.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 8:15 am - 4:00 pm; Saturday: 8:15 am - 11:45 am.
Le Caudan Waterfront

14) Le Caudan Waterfront (must see)

Le Caudan Waterfront is a unique commercial concept in Mauritius, showing undeniable know-how and expertise in commercial activities and entertainment. On top of being a must for shopping, Le Caudan Waterfront is also a business centre, a melting pot for local artists and the favourite meeting place for gastronomes, tourists and locals looking for leisure and entertainment.

Le Caudan Waterfront is definitely the most elegant and popular destination for Mauritians and tourists. It is one of the most popular leisure and shopping places in the Mauritian capital due to the many ways through which people can spend their time. This includes many shops, banking facilities, casinos, restaurants, a marina and a five star hotel (Le Labourdonnais) with parking facilities.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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 Walk

Caudan Waterfront Walk

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: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles
Cultural Venues of Port Louis

Cultural Venues of Port Louis

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

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 or 2.7 Miles