Port Louis

Travel guide - Port Louis

Lagoons of crystal clear water bordered by white sandy beaches. This is the typical scenery of Mauritius envied the world over. To discover them, when you arrive take a boat-taxi to île aux Cerfs. Relax in the shade of the palm trees before donning masks and snorkels.

After relaxing for a while, it's time to explore. In the north of the island is the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden, a 37 hectare garden where plants from all four continents flourish. A little corner of paradise known all over the world: amongst the ponds and the baobabs, have fun trying to find the trees planted by celebrities such as Indira Ghandi and Nelson Mandela.

Near the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden, go behind the scenes of the ancestral traditions of Mauritius with a visit to Aventure du Sucre. The tour of this old sugar refinery is an interactive journey. Another alternative is the Rhumerie de Chamarel, with a tour where you can taste six different rums.

The west of the island is a fantastic playground for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Trois Mamelles mountain, which rises to 600 meters, is the perfect place for climbing and long hikes.

The south of Mauritius is considered to be the wildest region of the island. Strolling through the Black River Gorges National Park you will even see waterfalls. Make a slight detour just a few kilometres away to see the Seven Coloured Earths in Chamarel. This hill is covered with waves of ochre, red and purple coloured rocks, laid bare by erosion and mineral oxidation.

Then dive into the history of Mauritius with a drive along the tea route. The route curves between plantations and colonial mansions, and generally ends at the Bois Chéri tea factory. Here you can learn all about tea production before tasting it! To educate your palate with a host of culinary specialities, head to the market at Port Louis or Mahébourg. There you must try sausage rougaille or "mine frite", a type of chow mein.

Your trip promises to be a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

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