Mauritius
 
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The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis and it is situated on the west coast of the island. This charming city is protected by a curve of mountains and big business and financial institutions rub shoulders with colorful markets, street hawkers, colonial buildings, shops, churches and mosques.

 
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Hotels in Port Louis include Le Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, Port Louis Hotel, Le Saint Georges.

Port Louis may be the capital but it is not a hot nightspot.

The Places D'Armes is the historical Center of the city linking the port to the government house with a through esplanade lined by palm trees and cannons. At the entrance to this esplanade, is the Statue of Mahe Labourdonnais, the French governor.

For an outstanding view of the town, harbor and racecourse, Fort Adelaide is a must. Built in 1835 by the British to watch out for potential riots in Port Louis before the abolition of slavery. Today, it hosts concerts and shows of both local and visiting artists from all over the world.

The Central Market is accessed from Farquhar Street, near the harbor in Port Louis. This bustling and colorful market offers a wide array of gifts, souvenirs, leather goods and spices and is open from 6am everyday.

The Champ De Mars is the oldest racetrack in the Southern Hemisphere which was once a French military parade ground.

The lively Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis is your best choice for entertainment & shopping in the international fashion stores or at the Craft Market. From here you can take a harbor cruise or visit the casino. You will also find the Blue Penny Museum. The Blue Penny Museum is devoted to Mauritian art and history and also is home to two of the rarest stamps in the world - the Mauritian 1847 'Post Office' Penny Orange and Twopence Blue. These are estimated to be worth more than US$1million each!

About 11km northeast of Port Louis lies the Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens), 60 acres of fragrant fruit and spice trees and plant species from around the world including giant Amazon lilies and the tailpot palm. The Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses are the third oldest botanical gardens in the world and begun as a vegetable garden to supply ships calling at Port Louis.