Once a collection of disused warehouses, the swish Le Caudan Waterfront complex, which stretches along Port Louis’ 1.5km-long harbour, houses everything from hotels, restaurants and shops to a museum, cinema and casino. There’s an information kiosk on Barkly Wharf where you can pick up a map.

Blue Penny Museum

Named after the rare and valuable blue one-penny and red two-penny colonial stamps in its collection, the Blue Penny Museum is the city’s most modern and interactive museum. It’s well laid out with interesting exhibitions on the island’s history, from ancient mariners’ maps to a section on Port Louis past and present. The story behind the stamps themselves is one of a curious error. They were mistakenly issued in 1847, printed with the words “Post Office” rather than “Post Paid”, and before the error was discovered they had been used to send invitations to the British Governor’s annual ball. This unused pair cost US$2.2 million, and it’s the only place the public can see them.

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