Located in the Central Plateau, Rose Hill serves as a suburb to the famous town of Port Louis and is regarded as one of the major cultural hubs of Mauritius. Nestled in the foothills of the Corps de Garde Mountain, Rose Hill is a quaint, idyllic town with a post-colonial village that still retains vestiges of its old-world charm. Rose Hill is one of Mauritius' most populated towns, and what is now known as Rose Hill previously used to be two separate towns altogether, Beau Bassin, and Rose Hill, which were merged over the years into one single town, but you will often find locals still referring to the town as Beau Bassin-Rose Hill.
Rose Hill is home to one of the oldest colonial-age buildings on the island, the Villa Eureka. Built back in the 1800s by the British, the mansion, surprisingly, has a typical French-style architecture with a grey-coloured slate roof and pretty little porches. The Villa Eureka is a behemoth of a building, and you will be surprised to know that despite how big it looks from the outside, it’s even bigger on the outside, comprising of a total of fourteen rooms, and sprawling out over an area of around a 1000 square metres.
Shopping in Rose Hill
Rose Hill is one of the more popular shopping destinations on the western part of the island, and the vast variety of things available for sale make it an attractive draw for tourists who visit the town as well as locals of the place. Rose Hill’s markets are especially known for selling high-quality imported Indian fabrics and textiles, which is a huge lure especially for international tourists.
How to reach
There are direct bus services running between Port Louis and Beau Bassin - Rose Hill, so if you’re staying in and around Port Louis, availing that will be the best option for you. If you’re driving down on your own, you can take either the A1 or the M2, with the M2 being the shorter route.
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