Mauritius – so far and yet so familiar...
Mauritius, a sparkling jewel in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and flavours give so much charm to this island that the scene is set for unforgettable holidays. Here, you will have the chance to enjoy unparalleled luxury, a level of refinement heads and shoulders above other tropical destinations. Here, you will discover the true meaning of the word “beauty”, an observation which will bring you back time and time again to the coasts of Mauritius. The island is named after the Dutch prince Maurice van Nassau…
At a glance:
The island, covering an area of 2040 kilometres squared is located 20° south of the equator and 57.5° to the east. English is the official language, while French and Creole are commonly used.
The north coast is the area that has been most developed in recent years. Thanks to this work, Grand Baie now has a large number of restaurants and nightclubs.
If you like to party to good music, you will find a large variety of options here.
But there is more than just nightlife in the north – it is also the location of the most popular tourist sites in Mauritius, such as the charming red-roofed chapel which gives a panoramic view of the lagoon at Cap Malheureux.
The south and the southeast:
The South displays a landscape which is dramatically different to the rest of the island, notably characterised by high cliffs battered by the waves. These cliffs have been created where the barrier reef which surrounds and protects Mauritius has disappeared, leaving the coast exposed to the Indian Ocean.
However, the south is not just cliffs and turbulent waters – heading further west down the coast, you come across a succession of sublime beaches, seaside resorts and prestigious hotels, such as the developing tourist area of Bel Ombre.
The east - Jewel in Mauritius’ crown.
A coast made up of magnificent coves and emerald lagoons, constantly cooled by the sea breeze – life passes by slowly in the east, whether you are a member of the fishing community or simply a holidaymaker. Located between the mountain and the sea, the east is characterised by charming little villages with poetic names such as Petite Julie, Mare d’Australie and Queen Victoria. It is also here where the island’s most beautiful beaches are found, such as Belle Mare where you will want to spend hours getting a tan while looking in admiration at this long stretch of white sand.
The west & the southwest: A playing field of games and adventures for nature lovers. Flic en Flac, with its white sand beaches lined with casuarinas, is a popular destination for weekend beach activities such as swimming and snorkelling. Grande Rivière Noire and Tamarin are fishing villages which have seen the appearance of luxury villas and which have also become popular sites for big game fishing.
Le Morne - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
In addition to the spectacular show that it offers, Le Morne holds great importance in Mauritius’ history and memory. It is here, in the southwest of the island, that escaped slaves hid in the 18th century and the early 19th century, protected by the isolated cliffs covered in virtually inaccessible forests.
Oral tradition associated with these escapees has made Morne into the symbol for their struggle for freedom, their suffering and their sacrifice. Over the years, this place has become the symbol of the struggle against slavery and a landmark for all those who wish to commemorate the abolition, more specifically the descendants of slave communities still living on the island.