Cheap Flights to Port Louis, Mauritius
- Area : 46.7 km² (18.0 sq mi)
- Calling Code : +230
- Currency : Mauritius Rupee (MUR)
- Population (2012) : 148,001
- Vernacular Languages : Mauritian Creole, French, English, Bhojpuri
- Time Zone : MUT (UTC+4)
- Airport’s : Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
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Airlines landing at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport include amongst others:
• South African Airways
• Air France
• Turkish Airlines
• Air India
• Air Seychelles
Reasons to Visit Port Louis, Mauritius
- Port Louis, capital and the heart of Mauritius political, cultural and economic centre is located in the Port Louis District. It lies between the Indian Ocean and the Moka Mountain range that affords it certain protection from cyclones and strong winds. Its name is derived from honoring King Louis XV. Port Louis harbour was already operating in 1638 and is today the largest port facility along the Indian Ocean.
- Mauritius is itself a magnet for tourists wanting to experience the majestic tropical waters. Travellers flock form all parts of the world to experience this paradise when on holiday. Cheap flights to Mauritius are in high demand as they are very scarce due to the demand.
- Port Louis with a rich history comprises many nationalities including French, Chinese, African and Indian that’s reflected in temples, mosques, cathedrals and pagodas.
- Visitors have a good range of hotels to choose from comprising 2-Star to 5-Star establishments. The Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel is an up-market business hotel with great rooms while its sister hotel, Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, is quieter but more chic. Both hotels are located in Le Caudan Waterfront. Excellent value for money is Le St. Georges Hotel, towering above the residential neighbourhood. Its rooms are not fantastic but are clean with all necessary comforts. There are also numerous B&Bs and guest houses available.
- The majority of visitors travel out of Port Louis to see and experience nature at its best in rainforests, waterfalls, gorges, lagoons and reefs. There are wonderful hiking trails that take visitors through spectacular beauty and the beaches along the ocean with crystal clear water never fail to attract holiday makers.
- The city has pubs and wonderful restaurants that dish up French, Indian and other mouth watering cuisines. Gamblers can try their luck at the casino or with horses racing.
Places to Visit Port Louis, Mauritius
- Jardin de la Compagnie (Company Gardens) is a beautiful verdant area with ancient trees, pathways and benches that was the original French East India Companys’ vegetable patch.
- Le Caudan Waterfront opened in 1996 and is a massive commercial development that’s made up of a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, cinemas, casinos, banking facilities, two hotels and a marina. Its a great place to meet friends for drinks or a meal with views of Port Louis Harbour. Artists Corner showcases craft and art work by local artists.
- Meander through the city’s enormous Bazaar, built in 1828. Breath in the aroma of spices, purchase souvenirs and indulge in a meal of fried noodles.
- The Port Louis Theatre built in 1822 makes it one the oldest playhouses in the southern hemisphere.
- Government House shows off stunning French-colonial architecture from the early 1700s and is one of the city’s oldest buildings.
- The Blue Penny Museum (in the Caudan Waterfront) is dedicated to the art and history of Mauritius. Comprising over 10,000 items that include old marine maps and documents, sculptures and engravings, it affords regular temporary exhibitions as all the items cannot be viewed in one visit. Stamp collectors wouldnt want to miss the orange-red one penny and blue two pence stamps that are lit up in a display every sixty minutes for ten minutes, starting at 10h30.
- The Photographic Museum at Rue de Vieux Conseil et W.Churchill is home to a collection of infinite value that comprises photographs, cameras, historical cinema projectors, printing machines that printed the first newspaper in the southern hemisphere in 1773 and plenty more artefacts.
- Established in 1842, the Natural History Museum located in the colonial villa of the Mauritian Institute is the country’s oldest public museum. The museum comprises exhibits of extinct sea and shore birds, underwater life, innumerable shells, extinct tortoises, a wide range of insects and the famous dodo.
- The beautiful Jummah Mosque dating back to the 1850s has a combination of Indian, Creole and Islamic architecture.
- The English St. James Anglican Cathedral in Poudrière Street was inaugurated in 1850 and is the oldest church in the country. It was, during the period of French occupation, an old powder magazine with walls nine feet thick. In June 1812 a tender was initiated for renovations to turn it into a public building. Finally, on Christmas Day in 1831, it was opened for a divine service and was consecrated by the Bishop of Colombo in June 1850.
- The Madurai Amen Koil Temple is a Tamil temple with an exterior that features bright sculptures of Tamil deities.
- The Chinese Pagoda is a prominent feature of Port Louis Chinatown with a large friendship gate at its entrance. This site comprised shops and homes of the Hakka Chinese who first came to the island in 1826 but today houses a more diverse community. Importantly it has retained its original appearance and still has numerous restaurants and small shops. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1908, second to the world’s oldest after Singapore.
Getting Around Port Louis
Buses: From the airport:
Visitors wanting to travel by bus from the airport have a few operators to choose from that travel to Port Louis and Mahébourg. BOCS (South) & UBS operates bus 198 to Port Louis and as buses cease operating before the last flights land, double check your arrival time. Maki Transfers transport passengers and their luggage to their accommodation only, in vehicles ranging from normal vehicles, minivans and 22-seater buses.
The city has two major bus stations, namely Victoria Station for buses to and from the southern and eastern areas including the Plaines Wilhem’s district and Immigration Square (Gare du Nord) the terminus for buses coming from the north districts of Pamplemousses and Rivière du Rempart. There are numerous buses that transport passengers to and from nearby suburbs.
Travellers have a variety of taxi operators in Port Louis as well as the airport to choose from.
There are rental companies available for hiring bicycles and motorcycles, but be warned that traffic is dreadful and riding a bicycle is suitable only for short distances.
Motor Vehicle Hire:
Visitors can hire vehicles from well-known car hire companies such as Europcar, Sixt, Avis and others located in Port Louie and at the airport.