Port Louis Caudan Waterfront – Central Market – La Citadelle – Pamplemousses Botanical Garden – L’Aventure du Sucre – Blue Safari
The Caudan Waterfront is a shopping and lesiure area facing the Port-Louis harbour in Port Louis, Mauritius. 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, restaurants, a marina and a 5 star hotel (le labourdonais)
Hawkers representing all of the island’s ethnic groups – Muslims traders, Indian touts, Chinese, and Creoles – shout to flog their wares which include lottery tickets, meat, patisseries, herbal teas, and a rainbow array of exotic fruit and vegetables (mangos, papayas, pineapples, coconuts, star fruits, jicamas, chiles, and coriander) – all neatly presented to command your attention. This amazing, bustling market has plenty of colour, distinctive smells, and fresh appetizing produce – perfect for cooking curries with.
From the remparts of La Citadelle (also known as Fort Adelaide), there are panoramic views of the entire city with its amphitheatre of mountains, the Champs de Mars Race course and the harbour. The fort was named after Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV and built between 1834 and 1840 as a lookout post to check civil disorder within the city.
Pamplemousses Garden, more formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. Opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius nearly 300 years ago, the gardens served as a major horticultural research center for the French and British during the colonial period. Today it’s home to dozens of varieties of palm trees, as well as medicinal plants, fish ponds, and an amazing collection of Queen Victoria water lilies.
L’Aventure du Sucre is located in the ancient, but fully restored, Plane sugar factory and tells the history of Mauritius and the island landscape through the fascinating stories of the planters, workers and communities whose lives were and are inseparably bound to the sugar industry.
The Blue Safari is a unique submarine operating in the Indian Ocean. At 35m deep, your dream comes true as you discover the magic of marine life. Enjoy a rare and unforgettable experience travelling in total security and comfort on board a sophisticated submarine. Discover the ever changing colours of the corals and fascinating shipwrecks on this 40 minute dive. A unique adventure that you should definitely not miss!
La Maison Creole Eureka – Domaine Les Pailles
The winding road along Mount Ory will bring you to a unique maison créole (creole house) built on the slope of the mountains in 1830, with its very typical colonial structures emphasising the wide facades overlooking the gardens. An independent museum featuring antique furniture, old lithographs and diverse objects and paintings from private collections. This exquisite property is surrounded by the waterfalls of Moka River and the Port Louis / Moka mountain ranges.
Domaine Les Pailles, on the southern outskirts of the city, is a 3,000 acre nature park which includes the wild terrain of the mountain which forms the backdrop. The park, a tranquil scene, is itself a slice of Mauritian history with a replica of a sugar mill circa 1750 with a bullock turning the wheel, the original type rum distillery and an old style coffee grinding hut. A horse drawn carriage or, alternatively, a miniature railway will take you on a tour which includes a spice garden