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Port Louis is Surrounded by a Mountain Range

Aug 17, 2007
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is a port on the Indian Ocean and the nations largest city and main port.

The capital Port Louis is only a twenty minute drive away and the airport situated in a sheltered bay of the North West Region of Mauritius bordered by a historic river. It is located in the Port Louis District.

Located on a sandy beach protected by coral reef and surrounded by eight hectares of lush gardens. This is an ideal choice for those looking to get away from the stresses of everyday life.

The population is 147,688.

Many historic and colonial buildings are located here. One of them is a fortification named Fort Adelaide or La Citadelle, built by the British in 1835. The latter dominates the city. From there, one can observe most of the cities architecture.

Port Louis is surrounded by a mountain range. Among its most famous mountains are Le Pouce and Pieter Both which stand about eight hundred metres from sea level. One of the most popular spot, is the countries national derby called Champ de Mars, is the oldest race course in the Indian Ocean and the second oldest in the southern Hemisphere. Other famous spots are the Police Barracks known and the Port Louis Waterfront.

The feature that probably strikes the most is the cities skyline which is by far the best in the country. The skyline of Port Louis has completely changed in the last fifteen years mainly due to construction booms in the 1990s and 2000s, where many of the tallest high rise buildings have been built. The city centre has the tallest buildings in Mauritius, including some skyscrapers.

The capital has also three museums which are the Mauritius Natural History Museum, the Blue Penny Museum and the Mauritius Stamp Museum.

The central market in the Mauritius capital of Port Louis is a boisterous, vibrant spot, and the stalls are piled high with tropical fruit, vegetables and mountains of spices. Jostle with locals as you seek out samosas or other Indian snacks, and keep an eye out for the colourful stalls selling herbal cures for every ailment imaginable.

The area faces heavy traffic congestion as there is only one motorway which leads in and out of the city. The busiest hours are eight am and five pm, which roughly correspond to the working hours for the majority of enterprises. Parking is another big problem the city faces.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Port Louis Rental Site
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