The island paradise of Mauritius, set in a turquoise ocean, offers an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Its very name conjures up an image of tropical luxury, walking barefoot along platinum white sandy beaches, swimming in shallow lagoons and indulging in pampering spa treatments. However Mauritius offers so much more, with historical sites and cultural diversity, varying landscapes from the central plateau with its forested mountains to national parks filled with indigenous flora and fauna and a wealth of activities for those looking to get away from the beach and pool.
The capital, Port Louis is filled with colonial-era buildings; the market is a great place to discover some authentic local flavours, as well as to take advantage of the island’s textile trade. Port Louis is also home to a popular casino and several cinemas. However it is Grand Baie that has become the island’s chief tourism hub. This sheltered bay on the island’s northern coast is the busiest beach resort, and boasts plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and beaches, as well as an exciting nightlife scene.
To the south of the island, the lush and mountainous Black River National Park and Valley of Colours National Park are also 'must-sees'. Dining on the island is also unforgettable experience – a unique mix of Chinese, French, Indian, Creole and African cultures means that the cuisine derives from a rather fantastic fusion of flavours.
You’ll discover sugar plantations everywhere you go in Mauritius, and it really is worth visiting one during your holiday. Be sure to call in at the majestic plantation house Eureka, a stunning example of authentic colonial architecture surrounded by immaculate gardens and even a waterfall.
If you’re taking children with you, spend a day at the Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes, a crocodile park in the south of the island. Nature trails take you through lush rainforest to meet crocodiles, giant tortoises and macaque monkeys, before you finish the day at the jungle playground. The kids will have a brilliant time, and we’re sure you will too.
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