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Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius.

Climate

Port Louis features a hot semi-arid climate (BSh) under Köppen's climate classification. Its wettest months are from December through April where on average 60 mm (2.4 in) (or more) of rain falls during each of these months. The remaining months form Port Louis' dry season. The city also shows a noticeable range of average temperatures. Port Louis’ coolest temperatures are seen mid-year where average high temperatures are around 24 °C (75 °F). During the height of the wet season, the city sees its highest temperatures where average high temperatures are usually around 30 °C (86 °F).

Architecture

The city is full of numerous buildings and monuments that reflect its rich and diverse colonial history. Near the city center, there are several French colonial buildings that date to the 18th century, including Government House.... Read more

Port Louis, Mauritius

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Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius.

Climate

Port Louis features a hot semi-arid climate (BSh) under Köppen's climate classification. Its wettest months are from December through April where on average 60 mm (2.4 in) (or more) of rain falls during each of these months. The remaining months form Port Louis' dry season. The city also shows a noticeable range of average temperatures. Port Louis’ coolest temperatures are seen mid-year where average high temperatures are around 24 °C (75 °F). During the height of the wet season, the city sees its highest temperatures where average high temperatures are usually around 30 °C (86 °F).

Architecture

The city is full of numerous buildings and monuments that reflect its rich and diverse colonial history. Near the city center, there are several French colonial buildings that date to the 18th century, including Government House. Other prominent traditional elements include the Jummah Mosque, the majestic English Saint James Cathedral, the Indian Tamil Temple, the elegant five-tier colonial Port Louis Theatre (Théâtre de Port-Louis), the Champ de Mars Racecourse, and the nearby Chinese Pagoda. Also present are some typical houses from past eras, which are mostly wooden structures with shuttered windows and large porches. However, most homes and commercial structures are now constructed from more durable materials such as concrete, and the city now includes many glass/concrete high-rises.
Chinatown
The Pagoda is a central feature of the Port Louis Chinatown, which is one of several Chinatowns in Africa. Its entrance is marked by a large "friendship" gate, just east of the Central Market. The site was the traditional location of homes and shops of the Chinese community, which was dominated by descendants of the Hakka Chinese, who first came to Mauritius in 1826. Chinatown is now home to a more diverse community, but preserves its original appearance and contains many small shops and restaurants. Its old buildings and Chinese pagodas face the modern buildings of the city's business center. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce (founded in 1908 and second only to Singapore as the worlds oldest) hosts a popular food and cultural festival each April or May. The Chamber also runs a funeral parlor for the Chinese Community called ‘Kit Lok’, to provide vigil facilities for bereaved families.


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Port Louis, Mauritius: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the modern cruise terminal.
Usually, cruise companies provide shuttle service to the center of the city. Besides, you can take a water taxi.

Get around Port Louis, Mauritius


The city of Port-Louis has played a leading part in the struggle between the French and British occupation (1735-1935) and was considered during that period as `the star and the key of the Indian Ocean`. There are many historical places and buildings to visit. It is also one of the best places to learn and appreciate more about Mauritian cultures and traditions.

What to see in Port Louis, Mauritius


  • Aapravasi Ghat

    , ex-Coolie ghat - a World Heritage Site. It was the landing point for the indentured laborers, mainly from India, in the 19th century, following the abolition of slavery in 1834. Its symbolical significance has been highlighted in the aesthetics of coolitude, devised by poet and semiologist Khal Torabully.
  • Corner House - A fabulous stationery shop, selling all kinds of wonderful pens, pencils, and books. Excellent service and a great range of goods. Has the most eccentric shopkeeper. Worth visiting just to see him.
  • China Town where you will find Chinese shops and restaurants. You may also find some Chinese pharmacies.
  • Blue Penny Museum

    . The Mauritius blue penny and penny orange from 1847 are among the rarest stamps in the world, and you can view them here along with a plethora of other rare cultural and historical artifacts from the island.
  • Champ de Mars horse racing track. Free access. To get a nice view on the races, climb to the Citadelle on the neighboring hill.
  • Citadelle (Fort Adelaide). Built in basalt by the United Kingdom in 1840, it is the only remaining fort from this period of the island. A 30-minute walk from downtown, it gives a wonderful view on the whole city. free.
  • St Louis Cathedral.
  • Jummah Mosque. Rare proof of the skills of Indian, mainly, Tamil craftsmen, who also built temples and churches. A haven of peace in the middle of this busy capital.
  • Port Louis market known as Bazaar Port Louis where you find local products, cheap clothing, and spices from Mauritius.
  • Port Louis Theatre
  • Travellers' Lane, in Jardin des Compagnies, with travelers' texts ranging from Marco Polo, Duarte Barbosa to Ahmad bin Majid, as devised by poet and semiologist Khal Torabully, a travel writer born in Port-Louis and Al Idrissi's planisphere.

What to do in Port Louis, Mauritius


Visit the Caudan Waterfront, a meeting place for teenagers and young lovers, which comprises a shopping center, kiddyland and a huge food court catering for all tastes.

And if you want to have a glimpse of Mauritian life, go to the Port-Louis Market where varieties of exotic food, fruits, and other items are sold. There you will meet Mauritians from all over the country who have come for shopping.

What to eat and drink in Port Louis, Mauritius


Eat

Mauritian food is a pure abundance of savory international flavors, including but not limited to delicious Creole curries, cuisines from all over Africa, Southeast Asia and India, and an abundance of fresh seafood that has never been frozen or shipped on an airplane. All of that, and more!

Drink

Blue Mauritius Rum, a very special world-recognized liquor. There are also many highly acclaimed white rums, including spiced, vanilla, and coffee. Quality Merlot from local wineries. Also, look for Lagrein and Diamond wines. Award-winning Mauritian Phoenix Pale Ale and beer, locally called 'spider beer'. Other fine beers: Mauritius Blue Marlin European Strong Lager, Mauritius Malta Guinness, Mauritius Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Many spirits from India, Asia, Europe, and Africa, traditional and modern, can be found easily. An excellent line of fruit-based soft drinks is made in Mauritius.

Shopping in Port Louis, Mauritius


Port-Louis is famous in Mauritius for the low price of clothes sold there. Imported from China or India, or made locally, the articles sold in Port-Louis really offer value for money. You can easily get something of your choice from the numerous hawkers found all along the streets in the city.

Safety in Port Louis, Mauritius


Use your common sense like anywhere else in the world. Don't demonstrate your wealth, leave your jewelry and other valuables in a safe place. Avoid traveling alone in remote areas. Use only licensed taxis. Always stay alert. 

Language spoken in Port Louis, Mauritius


English and French are the most widely spoken languages.

LOCAL TIME

6:04 pm
May 25, 2019
Indian/Mauritius

CURRENT WEATHER

23.6 °C / 74.48 °F
light rain
Sun

24.75 °C/77 °F
moderate rain
Mon

24.41 °C/76 °F
light rain
Tue

25.11 °C/77 °F
sky is clear
Wed

24.74 °C/77 °F
sky is clear

LOCAL CURRENCY

MUR

1 USD = 0 MUR
1 EUR = 100 MUR
1 GBP = 0 MUR
1 AUD = 0 MUR
1 CAD = 0 MUR

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