Rodrigues: Mauritius' Little Sister
According to a recent feature in the Jewish Chronicle, “Over half the visitors come from Mauritius, attracted by the beaches and the complete lack of development here”.
It says: “Only 11 miles long and four miles wide, this tiny island is a short 90-minute hop from Mauritius — you can’t fly direct to Rodrigues from the UK as its airport only handles small ATR prop planes — and for now, international tourism has barely made an impact on the island.”
The fresh food and simple life here are all part of its pull. “I get an idea of what ingredients are on offer when I visit the Saturday market in Port Mathurin,” says the writer. “Rows of stalls are selling the freshest of fruit and veg, together with small jars of the local spicy pickles. There’s a choice of mango, tamarind, star fruit and aubergine but I buy the piquant pounded chilli paste, which turns up on restaurant tables everywhere. Dried fish is heaped in silvery stacks and you can find the fresh variety just a few paces away at the small harbour, where fishermen sell their catch of the day.”
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