City Hopper: Port Louis, Mauritius
My next stop on my current trip is to Port Louis, Mauritius. Last time I was here I wrote a blog about the country of Mauritius so if you would like to read that too CLICK HERE.
This time I am going to focus more on the Sugar Beach Resort (CLICK HERE to check out their slideshow) which is on the South-West of the island (which is where I am staying) and the city of Port Louis which is on the North-West side of the island. Here is also a beautiful video from Sugar Beach Resort that really shows you how wonderful it is here.
Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius as well as the country’s economic, cultural and political center. It is also the country’s most populous city at about 138,000 people as of 2011. The port is named after King Louis XV.
The economy of the city is predominately supported by its financial center, port facilities, tourism, and its textiles, chemicals, plastics and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors. It is the biggest port in the Indian Ocean region and one of Africa’s major financial centers.
One of the biggest and most popular events in Port Louis is the Thoroughbred horse races held at their Champ de Mars Racecourse. This racecourse is the second oldest horse race track in the world.
So what is there to do here? Well, of course, there’s the beautiful beaches of Mauritius to take advantage of but if for some strange reason you get bored with that there is plenty to do here. One of the things one must experience is the Market Place most commonly known as ‘Bazaar Port Louis’. Here you will find everything from fresh spices, fruit, and vegetables to local handmade crafts and more.
Other things to see are Mauritius Chinatown, the fort called La Citadelle, and numerous museums. La Citadelle is a fort built during the 19th century with the intention of providing security to the British Army from approaching enemies. Most tourist love La Citadelle for its majestic views of Port Louis as well as for the concert and plays that are now put on there.
Below is a nice little video to show you around and teach you about Port Louis, Mauritius.