Mauritius Travel Guide

The Complete Guide to Mauritius

Culture & Museums

Cultural Attractions:

Ylang Ylang distillery for essential oils

Address: Route Royale, Anse Jonchée
Phone: +230 6345 5557
Opening Hours: Owner's discretion

Balaclava Ruins fortress ruins, history of the Baie aux Tortues

Address: Maritim Resort & Spa, Balaclava
Phone: +230 204 1000
Opening Hours: Arrange beforehand

Saint Martin Jewish Cemetary jewish cemetary

Address: Saint Martin Jewish Cemetery, Raymond River Street, Bambous

Chateau de Bel Ombre imposing castle estate

Address: Chateau de Bel Ombre in the Domaine de Bel Ombre
Phone: +230 623 5522, website
Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 - 22:00 (reservation required; adults only)
The Chateau de Bel Ombre is an attraction as well as an impressive restaruant The Chateau de Bel Ombre is an attraction as well as an impressive restaruant

Grand Bassin ‘Ganga Talao‘ crater lake, temple, and the largest Hindu pilgrimmage site on Mauritius

Address: Black River Gorges National Park
Ganga Taloa is an important Hindi pilgrimmage site on Mauritius Ganga Taloa is an important Hindi pilgrimmage site on Mauritius

Chapel of Notre Dame Auxiliatrice

Address: Cap Malheureux
Opening Hours: Mass in the chapel: Sat (18:00) and Sun (09:30)
The beautiful chapel Notre Dame Auxiliatrice in Cap Malheureux The beautiful chapel Notre Dame Auxiliatrice in Cap Malheureux

Gouzous - Street Art Graffiti orange figures spray-painted by French artist Jace

Address: Across the island; one of the street art pieces can be found on the wall of a kiosk in Cap Malheureux

Voiliers de l'Océan handmade model ships

Address: Winston Churchill Street, Curepipe
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 18:00
These small model ships are built as replicas of real boats! These small model ships are built as replicas of real boats!

La Domaine des Aubineaux restored colonial house on the Bois Chéri tea plantation

Address: Royal Road, Forest Side
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 17:00

Librairie Petrusmok bookshop with Mauritian works, including so-called Sirandanes

Address: In the lobby of the Hennessy Park Hotel, 65 Ebène Cybercity
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 18:00, Sat: 10:00 - 16:00

Le Rendez-Vous artistic souvenirs made in Mauritius

Address: Grand Baie, La Croisette
Phone: +230 5933 5081
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 09:30 - 19:00, Sun: 09:30 - 14:00

Batterie de l’Harmonie colonial house ruins combined with street art

Address: In Grand Rivière Noire bay on a small peninsula

Martello Tower old defence tower

Address: On the beach La Preneuse
Tours: Arranged by phone,: +230 5471 0178

Biscuiterie Rault Maniok biscuit factory, 200-year-old traditional biscuit factory

Address: Biscuiterie Rault, Les Délices, Ville Noire, Mahébourg
Phone: +230 631 9559
Opening Hours: Arrange beforehand

Chateau Labourdonnais impressively-restored house with Mauritian colonial architecture

Address: Rivière du Rempart, Labourdonnais-Mapou
Phone: +230 266 9533
Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 17:00

Flying Dodo The island's only craft beer brewery

Address: Bagatelle Shopping Centre, Moka
Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 00:00

Maison Eureka colonial villa built in 1830; the ‘House of 100 Windows‘

Address: Eureka Lane, Montagne Ory, Moka
Phone: +230 433 8477
Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 17:00
The Maison Eureka is an architectural delight The Maison Eureka is an architectural delight

Memorial for the Prince of Kandy tomb of the Sri Lankan prince and part of the island's cultural heritage

Address: Intersection between Powder Mills Road and Plaine des Papayes Road, Pamplemousses

Cimitière des Blancs (Cemetery of Whites) historic cemetery in Pamplemousses

Address: Poivre Road, Pamplemousses

Slave Cemetery memorials to the numerous victims of slavery

Address: Old Cemetery Road, Pamplemousses

Sculpture of Paul and Virginie sculpture built in 1884 of the models of Prosper d'Epinay

Address: Paul and Virginie sculpture in Pamplemousses, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Poivre Road, Pamplemousses

Sanjay's Beach Atelier artist Sanjay creates sculptures out of sand on Pereybère beach

Facebook: Sanjay Jhowry

The Seven Pyramids mystical ruines in sugar cane fields

Address: Plaine Magnien at the corner of Blue Bay, Trois Boutiques, and the A2 motorway

Aapravasi Ghat used to be the immigration centre for Indian workers

Address: 1 Quay Street, Port Louis
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00, Sat: 09:00 - 12:00

Mauritius Opera old colonial-style theatre and one of the most important cultural institutions on Mauritius

Address: Place du Théatre, Port Louis

L'Atelier Littéraire bar and café with famous island art on the walls and a small library

Address: 12 Saint Louis Street, Port Louis
Phone: +230 208 2915
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00

Champ de Mars the oldest racetrack in the southern hemisphere

Address: Rue Frère Félix de Valous/Rue Dr. Eugène Laurent, Port Louis
Phone: +230 659 0659, website

Port Louis Central Market market with groceries, textiles, and souvenirs

Address: Rue Sir Newton, Port Louis
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 06:00 - 18:00, Sun 06:00 - 12:00
A visit to the market in Port Louis is a highlight for any holidaymaker A visit to the market in Port Louis is a highlight for any holidaymaker

PEM Open-Air Atelier sculptor Phillipe Edwin Marie create figurines out of wood

Address: Caudan Waterfront, Marina Quay, Port Louis

Baudelaire's House old house of the Bragard family

Address: 8 Rue des Tribunaux, Rue Guibert, Port Louis

S.S. Patten Indian jewellers, artistic jewellery made of silver

Address: S.S. Patten Jeweller, Emmanuel Anquetil Street, Port Louis
Phone: +230 242 6048
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00

Jummah Mosque the oldest mosque in Mauritius in a traditional style

Address: Royal Road, A1, Queen Street, Port Louis

L'Edikasyon pu Travayer creole language school, also available to tourists

Address: L'Edikasyon pu Travayerm, 153 Main Road, Grad Diver North West, Port Louis
Phone: +230 208 2132

Lespri Ravann traditional music shop with original instruments

Address: In the craft market in the shopping centre of the Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis
Opening Hours: Daily, 09:00 - 22:00

Kwan Tea Pagode the oldest Chinese temple on the island - another temple (Pagode des Ancetres) is located on the other side of the motorway

Address: Caudan, Port Louis
Phone: +230 5915 0108, website
Opening Hours: Daily: 06:00 - 15:00
A traditional pagoda on Mauritius A traditional pagoda on Mauritius

Pagode des Ancetres temple for ancestors

Citadelle, Fort Adelaide historical fortress on Petite Mountain

Address: Sebastopol Street, Port Louis

Vortex High-Energy Spots with alleged healing powers

Address: Right on the B9 coastal road in Riambel Surinam

Laundry Coast traditional spot where locals come to wash their clothes in the river

Address: Rivière des Créoles, west of Mahébourg, north of the B84

French Insitute cultural meeting point in a modern architectural building

Address: 30 Avenue Julius Nyerere, Rose Hill
Opening Hours: Mon: 09:00 - 16:00, Tue - Fri: 09:00 - 17:30, Sat: 09:00 - 16:00

Subramaniya Temple colourful Hindu temple at Corps de Grande

Address: South-west of Rose Hill
The temple at Corps de Grande The temple at Corps de Grande

Demeure Saint Antoine manor house built in 1835 by the family of Edmond de Chazal

Address: Route Royale, Goodlands, Saint Antoine
Phone: +230 282 1823

Tomb of Père Laval the place of rest for some of the first pioneers of Mauritius

Address: Père Laval Church, Sainte Croix
Opening Hours: Mass times Mon - Thu: 06:00, Fri: 06:00, 11:00, Sat: 17:00, Sun: 06:00, 08:00, 09:30, 17:00

Saltworks historical saltworks for sea salt

Address: On the B9, Rivière Noire Road, Tamarin
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 07:00 - 11:00

Patrick Mavros Atelier trendy jewellers

Address: Bhugeloo Building, Royal Road, Terre Rouge
Phone: +230 249 1333
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:30 - 16:30, Sat: 09:30 - 12:30

Chinatown Chinese quarter in Port Louis with shops and restaurants

Address: Royal Road, Port Louis, between the Jummah Mosque and Franklin Temple Street

Cathedral of St. Louis Catholic cathedral with a water spring

Address: Bourbon Street, Port Louis

Maheshwarnath-Temple Bedeutender Hindu-Tempel aus 1819

Address: Trou aux Biches Road, Triolet

Sagar Shiv Mandir Hindu temple above the water

Address: Goyave Island, Poste de Flacq

Church of St. Anne Catholic church

Address: Plaine Champagne Road, Chamarel
The Catholic church of St. Anne near Chamarel The Catholic church of St. Anne near Chamarel

Albion Lighthouse red and white lighthouse built in 1910 and rising 30 metres into the sky

Address: Pointe aux Caves
Phone: +230 623 5522, website

Museums:

Aventure du Sucre historical park with locomotive and sugar museum

Address: Aventure du Sucre, Beau Plan, Pamplemousses
Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 17:00
Sugar cane manufacturing has a long history on Mauritius, and you can learn about it by visitng the sugar museum Sugar cane manufacturing has a long history on Mauritius, and you can learn about it by visitng the sugar museum

Curious Corner mini museum concerning the world of illusions

Address: On the B104 in Chamarel
Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 17:00

Floreal Textile Museum textile museum, unique textiles and souvenirs

Address: Corner of John Kennedy / Floréal Square, Floréal, Flic en Flac
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 16:00, free entry

Naval Museum situated in a colonial house, exhibitions about ships and pirate treasure

Address: Royal Road, Mahébourg
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00, Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 12:00

Blue Penny Museum information about the most famous stamp in the world

Address: Blue Penny Museum, Caudan Waterfront, Block A, Port Louis
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 16:30

Le Musée de la Fotografie photography museum with old pictures, negatives, and cameras

Address: Rue du Vieux Conseil, Port Louis
Phone: +230 211 1705
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 15:00

Museum de Chazal situated in a colonial house, exhibitions about ships and pirate treasure

Address: Rue du Vieux Conseil, Port Louis
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 15:00

Natural History Museum museum about natural history; highlight is the dodo room

Address: La Chaussée, Port Louis
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 09:00 - 16:00, Wed and Sat: 09:00 - 12:00

Trinket Museum museum trinkets from history

Address: Miss Droom Lane, Rose Belle
Opening Hours: Arrange beforehand

Robert Edward Hart Museum museum about the well-known Mauritian poet Robert Edward Hart

Address: Savenne Road, Souillac
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 09:00 - 16:00, Sat: 09:00 - 12:00

Frederik Hendrik Museum shows the history of the Dutch occupational period

Address: Royal Road, Vieux Grand Port
Phone: +230 623 5522, website
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat: 09:00 - 16:00, Wed: 11:00 - 16:00, Sun: 09:00 - 12:00