Hear Mauritius, think beautiful, sparkling seas and a relaxing holiday. It is definitely not known for its backpacking adventures, but why should it be when there is so much else to see and do there (aside from lying on the beach and soaking up the sun).
One must-see place the island has to offer is the capital Port Louis. It is nicely situated on the coast, so there is still no avoiding standing in the clear seas but that is not all it has to offer.
As Mauritius has a huge history in slavery, there are still aspects of the city where you can learn more about this labouring past the country still harbours.
Fort Adelaide is one of these places, situated on a hill enabling you a lovely view of the city but in the past, was used to observe riots in Port Louis before slavery was abolished.
Today, along with the view, Fort Adelaide hosts concerts from a number of artists both local and international – try and catch one while you’re there.
Another place rich in history is Aapravasi Ghat – this is a memorial paying tribute to the slaves that arrived from India, who then stayed thereafter. You can’t visit Port Louis and avoid looking around this spot.
If that is all a little bit too deep, there are many things in Port Louis which are for the more light-hearted travellers.
A highly recommended spot is the Place D’Armes – the historical centre of the city. It is lined with immaculate palm trees leading up to the government houses, almost giving the feeling of walking the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
For those then wanting to indulge in a little retail therapy, there is the Central Market, where you can obtain lots of souvenirs and boutique bits for a reasonable price.
There is also the Municipal Theatre. This is one of the oldest theatres in the Indian Ocean region, decorated incredibly elegantly, a must-visit place for a little culture. Finally, Mauritius is full of museums galore and from the Blue Penny Museum to the Natural History Museum, there is always something to see and learn from.
It may be most famously known for its picturesque, perfect beaches, but beyond the sea and before the mountains is a city rich in culture and history that it would be a waste not to visit, in between sunbathing sessions of course!