A port town founded by the French, a lot of the appeal of Port Louis can be found along its waterfront, called in some guidebooks the Caudan Waterfront. This is where all the really pretty old buildings are, including the old post office, Fort Adelaide and most of the museums – one of the the best being the Mauritius Natural History Museum where they have the world's only complete Dodo skeleton. The Port Louis Central Market is a good place to get a feel for the island's multi cultural atmosphere – a port this size required a lot of indentured workers in the early years, then attracted traders from all over the world, to add to the African neighbours who moved in at the same time as the colonial Europeans.
Port Louis is surrounded by the Moka mountain range, and for the best view of the city stroll up 800m Le Pouce peak ('The Thumb'), which is about a four hour walk via Petit Verger village. For a less taxing outdoor excursion visit Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, to the north of the port, and known for its vast water lilies.
Written by Lindylou.