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5 good reasons to go to Mauritius
To see / do
Culture and History
Visit the capital
The central market is so colourful it is worth a visit to Port-Louis by itself. Pyramids of fruit and vegetables sit alongside mountains of spices, pots of cut flowers and stands of meat and tropical fish. Locally-made craft items are sold in the adjacent streets and the seafront is a hub of entertainment with bars, restaurants, shops and casinos.
A view of the city
The citadel, or Fort Adélaïde, was built by the English on a hill in the middle of Port-Louis. It offers an exceptional view of this rapidly changing capital where new buildings are gradually replacing old houses.
Discover the sugar plantations
To understand the history of the island and its colonisation, you really need to visit a sugar plantation. You will discover the history of sugar, the stages of sugar cane cultivation and refining and perhaps even the agricultural production methods of rum. You can also visit the lavish colonial residences that still overlook the large plantations.
The legend of the dodo
This iconic Mauritian animal was for a long time believed to be no more than a myth spread by sailors. Just imagine, a bird the size of a turkey with stumpy wings, unable to fly or to run... the ideal prey! They were quickly wiped out by the Dutch and the animals introduced to the island (pigs, rats and monkeys) which ate their eggs. You can learn more at the recently renovated Natural History Museum in Port-Louis.
Hoist the sails!
Model ships are without a doubt the jewel of Mauritian craftsmanship. Hundreds of workshops build and sell miniature replicas of old sailing ships, frigates, galleons and schooners. The island is the world’s no.1 producer!
The sound and rhythm of Sega
This discipline combining music, songs and dance, finds its origin in the emancipation of slaves who, at the end of a week of forced labour, gathered around the fire to express their suffering and mock their masters to the sound of drums and lyrics with a double meaning. Now more joyous, this essential Creole style has become very popular all over the Mascarenes and even beyond the shores of the Indian Ocean.
This has to be the best place on the island to discover the local tropical flora along its shaded winding walks. The park is home to many varieties of rare spices and fragrant plants that were acclimatised in the 18th century by French botanist Pierre Poivre. The pools are home to flourishing white and yellow lotuses, which are sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, as well as giant water lilies with leaves measuring over a meter.
Getting into the swing of it
Inherited from British tradition, golf is very popular on the island and there are a dozen 18- and 9-hole courses. They are almost all owned by luxury hotels, but some do accept clients who are not guests. Mauritius has become a well-known destination for golfers all over the world.
Mauritian cuisine reflects its population, with Indian, Chinese, European and Creole specialities. Served first, rice is nevertheless the basic ingredient of many dishes, including the famous local curry and its many variations (chicken, fish etc.) The only common denominator is the mix of Hindu Masala spices.
Discover this delicious stew made with meat, sausages or fish simmered in a spicy sauce of tomato, garlic, ginger, herbs and chilli peppers. Let the lovely smell of Creole cooking wash over you.
Eating on the go
People often eat on the street or enjoy a picnic in Mauritius. There are also many caravans and street vendors selling little gajaks (a snack similar to samosas) chilli cakes, bringelles (aubergine fritters), potato cakes, dholl puri, cassava/coconut cakes and freshly cut fruit for just a few rupees.
An island means a fish
You will discover an exceptional variety of fish here (marlin, parrotfish, tuna, coral hind etc.) as well as other seafood (squid, river prawns, crabs, lobsters) which are eaten grilled and sprinkled with lime.
There are still a few tea plantations in Mauritius, and in particular Bois Chéri where most of the tea production is carried out. As part of the tea route you can discover the fields, production process and, at the end of the visit, taste this popular beverage generally flavoured with vanilla or bergamot.
The world’s most varied cuisine has also immigrated to the island, where the Chinese community continues to perpetuate their ancestral culinary knowledge, and especially cooking in a wok. “Mine frit” (fried noodles) and “bols renversés” (upturned bowls) are now typical Mauritian dishes.
Roupie Mauricienne (MUR)
English, French and Creole
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