Mauritius: much more than an island

Travel to Mauritius
Every holidaymaker dreams about an island in the sun. Mauritius is much more than that. It takes the visitor on a journey of sensations, a melting pot of cultural and culinary experience, a contrasting stay in a country where modernism goes according tropical style at the heart of the Indian ocean.

There are really two seasons in Mauritius. The warm sunny days of summer - January to March – are beckoning to the beach and farniente. During winter, from July to September, the temperature is milder (not below 18 ° C). Over the transition times, from April to June and September to November, the climate is at its best for driving around and for water sports. In December, celebration is everywhere on the beach of this paradise island, under a starry sky.

As soon as your flight to Mauritius approaches the island, you will discover outstanding scenery, always circled by the sea. The island’s volcanic origin has resulted in geological features such as the Coloured Earth or the mountains with amazing shapes. From a bird’s eye view, sugar cane fields spread next to tropical forests that host protected species. The central plateau regroups of the island’s towns while the coastal profile is ever changing along its stretches of sandy beaches

The north of this sunny island is popular during the day for its beach life and at night for its lively restaurants. The east coast, swept by the sea breeze, is a favourite spot for the sailing. The south reveals wild cliffs as well as charming fishing villages. On the Western coast, sheltered from the wind, one can find the best spots for scuba diving, surfing and fishing. Stretching nearly all around the island, the crystal-clear lagoon is perfect for bathing.

During a holiday in Mauritius, trekkers and mountain bikers will enjoy going along the coastal paths or inland, on the tracks crossing the National Park as well as the few private estates that welcome visitors for discovery excursions and superb viewpoints.
Another of Mauritius’ assets is its mosaic people. Emerging from the successive occupation by the Dutch, French or English, born from descendants of slaves or Indian and Chinese immigration, the Mauritian nation nurtures its traditions while living a total blend of habits in its lifestyle: in its delicious and varied cuisine, in the music with the mesmerizing sega rhythm, in its language with the lively Creole, mixing words from various languages with a dash of popular wit.

Our island is also well established in the modern world with its diverse economy (tourism, textile, sugar, offshore finance and other services) and efficient infrastructure. This allows the visitors to stay connected to the world if they wish to do so or to enjoy the pleasures of great shopping in the malls or in the colourful markets.

Enjoy your holidays in Mauritius!

Places to visit:
Pamplemousses, its botanical garden and Aventure du Sucre.
Port Louis, the capital city, the Central Market, Chinatown, shopping at Caudan Waterfront
The Black River National Park
Trou d'Eau Douce, to embark for the idyllic décor of Ile aux Cerfs
Ile aux Aigrettes and Island and its protected species
Chamarel, the Coloured Earth, the rhum factory, the home cuisine and scenic route
Souillac and its surroundings, its spectacular cliffs, Rochester Falls.
Mahebourg, the former harbour and historic site, the naval museum and the colourful market
La Vanille Park, its crocodiles and giant turtles.
Casela Bird Park, its safaris and nature excursions.

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