Intro to Port Louis

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Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is the perfect place to go when you need a break from the beach. Head into the markets or explore the historical sights the city has to offer.


The harbor of Port Louis has been a bustling center of trade since 1638. It became the French administrative center for Mauritius in 1735 and is named in honor of King Louis XV. Now it’s a cultural center for the island with plenty of options for an excursion into Mauritian history.

A view of the city

Shutterstock - Fort Adelaide in Port Louis rewards you with stunning views

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Perched above the capital city lies Fort Adelaide, known as “La Citadelle” among the locals. This impressive fort was built between 1834 and 1840 by King William IV of Great Britain and is named after his wife, Queen Adelaide. Four forts once stood watch over the city but now Fort Adelaide is all that remains. From the fort’s vantage point, you have a great view of the city, with old buildings lined up next to modern skyscrapers. Champs de Mars, the only green patch in the busy city, is one of many sights visible from the fort. Entry into Fort Adelaide is free and rewards you with a sight you’ll want to share with your friends.

A tropical paradise’s rich history

Shutterstock - Delve into the history of Mauritius at Port Louis' Blue Penny Museum

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Delve deeper into the history of Mauritius at the Blue Penny Museum. Here you’ll take a step back into the era of great maritime exploration in the Indian Ocean before learning more about the three colonial periods of Mauritius. This museum is a must-visit for all guests to the island.

A trip to Central Market

Shutterstock - Port Louis' Central Market is your go-to destination for cheap eats and shopping like a local

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Port Louis’s Central Market is a prime spot for a glimpse into the everyday life of the locals. Wander among the stalls and hunt for some great deals but remember to strike a bargain with the vendors. Here you can buy fresh fruits, souvenirs and clothing. Foodies must make sure to try the Dal Puri from the different stands, as it is a feast for the tastes. Central Market is a great spot to shop for various goods but as in any crowded city space, keep an eye out for pickpockets.

Port Louis has it all if you’re looking for an exciting break from lounging by the beach. Return to a comfortable and stylish room in splendid surroundings at our Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa or Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa, Mauritius. These hotels welcome you to discover a new island home away from home.

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