Port Louis, the cosmopolitan capital city of Mauritius was founded in 1735 by the French governor and pioneer Bertrand-FranĂ§ois Mahé de La Bourdonnais. Located on the Northwest Coast, Port Louis is the administrative and business capital of the island. Buzzing with activity during the day, the city is full of cultural and historical treasures that should not be missed.
Grand Bassin is one of the two natural lakes of the island. Located near Mare aux Vacoas, it occupies the crater of an ancient and now dead volcano. In addition to its typical and beautiful upland environment, Grand Bassin is a religious place where Mauritians of Hindu faith go on pilgrimage.
La Maison Eureka, better known as â€śThe Creole Mansionâ€ť, was built in 1830. A visit there is a time travel to 19thcentury colonial lifestyle in Mauritius as you stroll across the music and art rooms and the salons exhibiting ancient geographical, antique objects and old photos. Besides its historical value, if only for its manicured English-styled garden and a refreshing pause in its wonderful natural setting above the waterfalls of the lush green quarters of Moka, the domain is well worth a visit.
Beyond the central market in Port Louis, which is a focal point for those who want to feel close to the soul of Mauritius, are many historic sites including the Champ de Mars - the oldest race course in the southern hemisphere.
Take a closer look at what awaits you in central Mauritius.