Port Louis is the capital and largest city of Mauritius, that much-loved sun-kissed island paradise in the Indian Ocean. It’s a city which mixes the traditional with the modern, offering a little bit of everything to holidaymakers who choose to spend some time here. It’s also surprisingly well-connected, especially by air. You’ll be surprised to find that, despite being seen as an island paradise, Mauritius has a lot to keep the modern visitor occupied. Shops, boutique hotels and cultural venues such as theatres and art galleries are all in plentiful supply, while you’re equally likely to find the simple things such as great walking routes.
Simply for driving off the beaten track, a larger car makes sense. However, most of the roads are paved here, so a family car will be sufficient enough for getting around.
Driving in Portlouis
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Important things to note
The M2, which terminates at the airport, is the busiest road in Mauritius. As a result, you can expect a few delays from time to time.
Some of the minor roads are a little difficult to drive on in wet weather. Using the main A-routes and M2 are your best bet in such a scenario.
Some of the road signs in Mauritius are in French, but the main language used on the island is English. Nevertheless, they’re easy to understand.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Bazaar of Port-Louis is a large open-air market in the island’s capital. As well as being one of the cheapest places in the city to shop, it’s also one of the most interesting, as you’re able to buy traditional handcrafts as well as street food.
Anyone wanting to head to the beach should pay a visit to the Caudan Waterfront. Offering something altogether more modern, you can go see a movie, dine out at a fancy restaurant, visit souvenir shops and look at the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean in front of you.
Close to the airport, the fishing village of Mahebourg is worth strolling around. It has a lot to offer visitors including its beach, the port area and the markets, which are held every Monday next to the village bus station.
To the north of the island, Trou aux Biches beach near Triolet is one of the most beautiful around. The sand is clean while the water is crystal-clear. It’s also a great spot to go deep-sea diving, surfing or just for a barefoot stroll.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the main airport in Mauritius, around 30 miles southeast of Port Louis. Formerly known as Plaisance Airport, it has one main passenger terminal serving flights to and from major cities including London, Johannesburg, Paris and Shanghai.
The airport has link road which takes you in a north-westerly direction straight onto the M2, which goes all the way to Port Louis and some of the satellite villages and suburbs.