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Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Port Louis ( part 1)

Pictures from Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius (first part): Caudan Waterfront, Grand Bazaar and  Jummah Masjid (mosque).

Port Louis Caudan Waterfront
The Caudan Waterfront (part) at Port Louis, Capital of Mauritius, in December when Christmas trees are next to tropical palm trees.

The Caudan Waterfront is a tourist, shopping and business complex that has replaced the old docks of Port Louis since 1996.  About 200 shops are distributed in the different quarters of the Waterfront, including Barkly Wharf, Pavillon, and Dias Pier. Regional crafts and souvenirs are found mainly in the Craft Market. The Souk is an evening weekend market. L'Observatoire houses several restaurants whilst various food stalls are available at the Food Court.

The Caudan Waterfront comprises also a Casino, the three theatres of the Star Cinema complex, and other entertainment facilities as well as two hotels, Labourdonnais Hotel and Suffren Hotel & Marina. The Blue Penny Museum is also part of the Caudan Waterfont complex.

At the other side of the waterfront, an old stone building, the "Central Post Office" is one of the historical monuments of the country.

Port Louis is the Capital and the administrative center of Mauritius. It is also an important business center. It is the only major port of the island and a major banking center of this part of the world. The foreign embassies and consulates in Mauritius are found in Port Louis.

The city is located on the west coast of the island. It is enclosed in a semicircle formed by several mountains including Pieter Both (823 m) and Le Pouce (812 m). With its street grid, Port Louis can easily be visited on foot. Business travelers excepted, most tourists do not stay in Port Louis. They stay in the other resorts in the country and take a day trip to the capital.

Access to the town by road is heavily congested at peak times. With two main bus stations - north and south -, the city is served by many buses. A 50 km highway in good condition connects the capital to the international airport of the island that is located near Mahebourg in the south-east of the country.

Port Louis Grand Bazaar
The central market, also known as the Grand Bazaar, at Port Louis, Mauritius. The picture shows bananas, cassava, sweet potatoes, calabashes, and more.

The Port Louis Grand Bazaar is the central market of the city. It is a very lively covered market consisting of several buildings used for different products: vegetables and spices, meat, poultry, and fishes. The market extends into the surrounding streets. There are other markets in the suburbs of the city.

Port Louis Mosque
The nice Jummah Masjid mosque at Port Louis, Capital of Mauritius.

The first version of the Jummah Mosque was initially known as the Mosque of the Arabs. It dated back from 1855. The Jummah Mosque is located Royal Road in central Port Louis, near Chinatown. Both the interior and the exterior (including the front door) of the mosque are beautiful.



Caudan Waterfront
official site of the caudan waterfront at port louis, mauritius.

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