Welcome to Vieux Grand Port
'Old Grand Port', north of Mahébourg, is the cradle of Mauritian history: the place where the first human inhabitants of the island landed on 9 September 1598 under the command of Wybrandt Van Warwyck. The Dutch later built a fort 3km further north in what is now the town of Vieux Grand Port. It was the local headquarters of the Dutch East India Company until 1710, when the Dutch abandoned the island. The site was then taken over by the French.
Most travellers stop here as they travel along the east coast. You won't need more than an hour or two to take in all the sights.