Being the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis is the most populous city in the country. It is also the hub of most of the country’s economic, cultural and political activities.
Port Louis is home to the main harbor in Mauritius, and it’s a must that all ships be cleared at this port before proceeding to other parts of the country. It was made the administrative center at the time of French colonization in 1735, but it was already in use as a harbor since 1638.
Port Louis is a place that is rich with history, and this is reflected in the architecture, buildings, and monuments dating all the way back to colonial times. And it is diverse and vibrant culture is often on display at the various arts and festivals happening around the city at all times. Travelers will be able to find something to do no matter the time of the year. Port Louis is a shopper’s dream, offering a vast variety of shops and items. You could also hike up Signal Mountain if you’re in the mood for a great view.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is situated 26 miles from Port Louis and is the main international airport of Mauritius. It is the base for the country’s national airline, Air Mauritius, and also provides direct flights to many places in Europe, Asia, and Africa. You can find prayer facilities at the airport as well Halal food, which is also served on Air Mauritius flights.
There are quite a few Halal restaurants in Port Louis, so Muslim travelers need not worry too much about finding food to eat. Quite a few of the butcheries are owned by Muslims, and Halal meat can be found in many places. You can also find many find street food vendors and cafes that serve Halal food in Port Louis. Some fast food outlets also advertise Halal-friendly facilities.
The Jummah Mosque is a mosque in Port Louis, constructed all the way back in 1850s, and described as “one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Mauritius” in the Ministry of Tourism's guide. The architecture of the mosque has influences from India, Arab, and Creole. There are also many other mosques in Port Louis, so you should be able to locate prayer facilities easily.