This excursion takes you along to discover the capital of Mauritius 'Port Louis' through all its developments, of the time of the French, the English and the Indian workers until the independence in 1968. The day starts at 08.30 a.m. and ends at 12.30 p.m.You will visit La Citadelle(Fort Adelaine), Port-Louis Central Market, Caudan Waterfront Shopping Mall, Government House, Port-Louis Cathedral & Threatre, China Town and Aapravasi Ghat. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide discover the authentic facet of Port Louis, a pleasantly surprising and vivacious city!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Citadelle de Port-Louis, Port-Louis, Morbihan, BrittanyFort Adelaide was built in a strategic location overlooking the harbour of Port Louis which made it easy to look out for any incoming enemy vessels. The British are thought to have built this forte in fear of a civil war from the remaining French settlers on the island. You get a stunning view from the Forte overlooking the whole of Port Louis.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Central Market, Port LouisBeing the main city in Mauritius, Port Louis Central Market (also known at the Port Louis Bazaar) is the home of the largest market, where you can find fresh food items, local dishes, and various handcrafted goods that are useful to locals and serve as souvenirs for tourists. Port Louis' rightly famous central market, the center of the local economy since Victorian times, is a good place to get a feel for the everyday life of many locals. Watch the hawkers at work and buy some souvenirs. Most authentic are the wonderful fruit and vegetable sections (including herbal medicines and aphrodisiacs)Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Le Caudan Waterfront, Port LouisLe Caudan Waterfront offers a unique shopping, leisure and work hub, in the capital, on the water’s edge. Since its opening in 1996, it has shown undeniable know-how and expertise in commercial activities and entertainment. On top of being an undeniable must for shopping, Le Caudan Waterfront is also a business centre, a melting pot for local artists and the favourite meeting place for gastronomes, tourists and locals looking for leisure and entertainment.Duration: 1 hourStop At: St Louis Cathedral, Port LouisPort Louis city has many stories to tell, visit the Saint Louis Cathedral among the oldest church in Mauritius. Built in 1814/15 and promoted to Cathedral in 1847, the church is the final works of Governor Sir Robert Farquar. The construction of the church in the shape of a latin cross when viewed from above complied to plans drawn from 1736-1739 . One thing that unfortunately has lost its glory of the days is about the fountain found at the front of the Cathedral. This obelisque with four lion heads on each side used to carry water from the ‘Pouce Stream’ towards this part of the city, among others. The ‘monument’ is still present nowadays but doesn’t provide any water… one of the other works of the Governor Vicomte de Souillac.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: China Town, Port LouisThe Chinese have traditionally occupied an important position in the life of Port Louis, and the area between the two 'friendship gates' on Royal St forms the centre of the city's Chinatown. Here you'll take in the rich mercantile life of the Chinese community, busy Chinese restaurants and grocery stores, and streets echoing with the unmistakable clatter of mah-jong tiles.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Aapravasi Ghat, Port LouisLocated on the bay of Trou Fanfaron, in the capital of Port-Louis, the Aapravasi Ghat is the remains of an immigration depot, the site from where modern indentured labour Diaspora emerged. The Depot was built in 1849 to receive indentured labourers from India, Eastern Africa, Madagascar, China and Southeast Asia to work on the island’s sugar estates.Duration: 10 minutes