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Port Louis Tours & Vacation Packages

  • An aerial view of Port Louis and the starting point of your Mauritius vacation.
  • The harbour Port Lois in the evening
  • An old cannon overlooking Port Louis - a great photo opportunity on all Port Louis tours.
  • An aerial view of Port Louis on beautiful sunny day

Port Louis, located on the northwest coast of Mauritius, serves as the country’s capital city and is the economic, cultural and political centre. Port Louis is also the most populous city in Mauritius hosting a variety of cultures, languages and religions and will be of interest on a Mauritius vacation.

Port Louis was used as a harbour as far back as 1638, however, in 1735 the French took over the region naming it after King Louis XV. The harbour became an important stopping-over point for French ships sailing around the Cape of Good Hope. Despite a series of disasters that occurred between 1773-1892 including fires, plagues and tropical storms, Port Louis never fell.  As a result, it emerged as one of Africa’s most important financial centres and ports in the 20th century.

There is much to see in this historical city on a Mauritius vacation. Following the abolition of the slave trade in 1834, Aapravasi Ghat became the landing point for indentured labourers in the 19th century. Today, this area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to the thousands of labourers who went on to settle in Port Louis. Champ de Mars is the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere while Domaines Les Pailles allows visitors to travel back to Mauritius’ old-fashioned sugar estates. Just as in the past when Port Louis was an important stopping point for French ships, today it maintains that status providing a popular landing spot for cruise ships.



Mauritius Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to a Mauritius vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Mauritius, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Mauritius's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Mauritius for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Mauritius vacations today!


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