The capital city of Mauritius is awashed with spectacular colonial buildings and religious monuments beautifully portraying the rich historical and cultural values of the island. The city has it all, from old roads to a modern waterfront with numerous shops and facilities, Port Louis is a charming place to get lost in. There is something new to discover in every turn. Here are some of our favourites: The Central Market Experience local life in Mauritius at its purest. The colourful items laid on the stalls by the sellers on one side of the market and on the other local fruits and vegetables, all of which are grown and tended to on Mauritian soil. The Central Market of Port Louis is also a perfect place for you to select handicraft items made by the local artists to take back home as a souvenir. The Blue Penny Museum Established in 2001 by the Mauritius Commercial Bank, a visit to the blue penny museum will reveal a candid view of the past and the rich history of Mauritius. Famously housing the blue penny stamp and red penny stamp from the year 1847 which are of Mauritian origin itself but were lost before being brought back to the island by MCB for 2 million dollars in 1993. Furthermore, the Museum is also home to the famous Paul and Virginie statues. Citadel – Fort Adelaide For the best view of the city of Port Louis, a visit to the Citadel is a must! The fort is situated at about 240 ft above sea level also offering dominating views over the champ de mars racecourse. Observe how the modern skyscrapers of the capital of the island blends with a few of the old preserved colonial buildings. Feast your eyes upon the huge cruise ships anchoring at the port, in the magnificent shimmering blue waters of the sea. At the edge of land, find the mighty 6 cylinder Moulin de la Concorde where local wheat is manufactured. Constructed in the years 1834 to 1840 under the British rule by William IV, Fort Adelaide is named after the Queen Adelaide. The entrance to the fort is free and it is strongly advised not to venture there alone, as the steps may sometimes prove treacherous. Champ de Mars Racecourse Inaugurated in the year 1812 during the British rule, Champ de Mars was once a military training ground for French troops. The idea was for the English and then French. The idea was for the english and then french settlers to reconcile and it was considered by the Mauritius Turf Club that horse racing would be a good way to attain that. Horse racing occupies a very special place in both the present and the history of Mauritius attested by the fact that the Mauritius Turf Club is the second oldest horse racing club in the world. Visit Champ de Mars on a Saturday, which is a race day, to experience a magical atmosphere. Aapravasi Ghat UNESCO World Heritage Site The place of landing of the indian indentured labourers, this 1640m2 site is one of the most important cultural sites of the island. The indentured labourers were brought to the island by the British Colony during the years of 1834 to 1920 to work on the sugar cane fields. Today, these labourers are the ancestors of many population of the island. The Aapravasi Ghat was declared a World Heritage site in 2006 and is also home to a museum that showcases how life was for the labourers during the past. Le Caudan Waterfront Take a stroll along the famous waterfront of Caudan and dine at state of the art restaurants as you gaze upon the beautiful waters and the majestic boats and ships docked alongside the harbour. Take a walk through the shopping arcade of Caudan and spend a few hours to shop the wide range of products from local artworks and clothes to popular international brands such as Adamas.