Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius is quite different from other parts of the country. From the tranquil beaches, Port Louis is poles apart, with the serenity changing to tall buildings and traffic jams. It can well be defined as a modern city with all the requirements like shopping malls, sports cars, fashionable people and crowded streets.
The most important landmark and the biggest tourist attraction of Port Louis is The Citadel. It is situated at a higher altitude and gives fabulous views of the tall structures, the beautiful port and the numerous houses scattered all over.
Champ De Mars race course is situated besides the citadel. From the entrance of the citadel you get a fabulous panoramic view of the race course with the beautiful mountains in the background. This is the second oldest race course in the Southern Hemisphere and was inaugarated in the year 1812 AD.
The Citadel which was a jail for the slaves years ago, is now taken care by the government and is showcased as a tourist attraction. The citadel occupies a large space and offers beautiful views of the city.
Caudon waterfront is the most happening place in Port Louis. Situated next to a waterfront and in the middle of the city, this mall is a shopper's paradise. With more than 170 shops, this is one of the biggest attractions of Port Louis. It also boasts of wonderful restaurants, a casino, cafeterias and a whole lot of shopping options. I also happened to see a live band perform on the pathway. Being a weekend the place was swarming with tourists and the local crowd. A lot of observation made me conclude that this is indeed the most preferred place of the young generation. This is an ideal place to spend a day with absolutely doing nothing other than lazying around.
I also explored a couple of streets of Port Louis. The one nearest to the Caudon waterfront was crowded and seemed like the local market which sold fruits, spices, articrafts, clothings, accessories etc. The place was phenomenonly crowded and the people did not seem very tourist friendly.
Port Louis is a lovely city where you can rush to if you are tired of seeing the serene beaches (Which am sure you would never be). The malls, pubs, cafes and casionos will definitely make the modern human being feel comfortable with what he is used to.
Signing Note: When in Mauritius, Port Louis is the best option to get back to civilization.