Mauritius is known for its resorts and beaches. A lot of travelers skip visiting the capital city and just go directly to the beaches, not realizing that the capital city of Port Louis is an attraction by itself.
One of Africa’s major financial centers, Port Louis was named after of King Louis XV. It was once known as “the star and the key of the Indian Ocean”. The city is located on the north-west coast of the island, and is one of the busiest commercial ports in Africa. It is home to more than 150,000 people and covers a total area of 46.7 square kilometers. Located about 47 kilometers from the city, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is your gateway to Port Louis. It is served by more than 20 international carriers from all over the world.
Port Louis has a numbers building and monuments which reflects the influence of the French and the British, some of which dates back to the 18th century. Aside from these infrastructures, Port Louis attractions include the Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary Bird Sanctuary, Domaine Les Pailles, China Town, the Photographic Museum, Natural History Museum, Aapravasi Ghat, Citadel Fort Adelaide, Blue Penny Museum, and the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden. One of passions of the locals is horse racing, and if you are horse race enthusiast, you must enjoy a day watching the races at the Crown Lodge. The Crown Lodge provides tourists the opportunity enjoy the races in a private steward suite next to the Mauritius Turf Club president's Lodge. Aside from affording its guests with an unobstructed view of the races, you get to enjoy open bar and snacks, bet directly from the lodge, and meet the owners and trainers of the horses. It is one experience in Port Louis you must not skip! Who knows, instead of going back home with an empty pocket, you might end up filling it with your winnings!
Call your travel agent for more details about Port Louis and the Crown Lodge. Port Louis will fill your days with sights to visit, and horses to bet on!