Surrounded by leafy avenues, Rodrigues’ capital PORT MATHURIN is both pleasant and easy to navigate on foot, and holds a few reminders of the island’s French and British colonial heritage in nineteenth-century buildings such as Governor’s House. It’s best visited early Saturday mornings when locals from outlying areas descend to shop and gossip at the sprawling weekly market. The coast road east from the town is the route most travelled by visitors.

Governor’s House

A lovely wooden, yellow-painted colonial building with turquoise shutters, Governor’s House was built in 1873. Once abuzz with colonial affairs, it is still used for government meetings and visitors can only peek into the sitting room, with its old-fashioned furniture, to get a flavour of bygone days.

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