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Port Louis, Mauritius

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Founded in 1735, Port Louis is the busy capital city and main port of this volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, and its charms have attracted various poets and writers over the centuries. There are some fine French colonial buildings off the palm-lined Place d'Armes, such as the 18th-century Government House and Municipal Theater. Other sites include two cathedrals, a mosque, 18th-century barracks and a natural history museum. Go to Fort Adelaide for splendid views of the town, harbor and a racecourse -- known as Champs de Mars, the course was originally laid out by the French for military parades. Barter for souvenirs, crafts and clothing at the lively Port Louis Market, where merchants also sell fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish. South of town is Le Reduit, the former residence of the Governor-General of Mauritius that is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Also near Port Louis is the Domaine Les Pailles, a nature park that encompasses more than 3,000 acres; visitors can view deer, monkeys and rare birds from Land Rovers, horse-drawn carriages or a train.

Language: English, French
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

Driving Directions and Parking Information

Port Louis is located approximately 40 minutes from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

After exiting the airport, head to the roundabout and take the 4rd exit. Drive for 2km, and at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto M2. Drive for 44km, staying on M2 throughout the roundabouts. You will reach your destination at Port Louis on M2.

Port Louis, Mauritius Weather
Temperature (Fahrenheit)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 84 83 83 81 79 76 74 74 76 78 81 83
Low 76 76 75 73 70 68 66 66 66 69 71 74
Temperature (Celsius)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 29 28 28 27 26 24 23 23 24 26 27 28
Low 24 24 24 23 21 20 19 19 19 21 22 23
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Inches 9 10 10 8 6 4 4 3 2 2 3 7
Centimeters 23 25 25 20 15 10 10 8 5 5 8 18
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Percent 87 90 90 89 87 84 83 84 84 82 81 84