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Top 10 places to visit in Mauritius

3 août 2015

So much to do in Mauritius ! Ambre Resort has compiled a list of the top 10 places to visit in Mauritius to make your beach holiday unforgettable.

History and population

The strategic position of Mauritius on the former “Spice route”, earned it the title of “Star and Key of the Indian Ocean”.
The island has been successively colonized by the Dutch, the French and the British. And today the island is an example to the world. Its population is a true melting pot, which blends Indian, Chinese, African and European lifestyles and traditions.
While the whole island portrays this rich history, we have compiled for you a list of particularly interesting places to visit in Mauritius.

The “must-see” sites of Mauritius

1. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden – Pamplemousses

Located 11km north east of Port-Louis, the region of Pamplemousses has a rich past. The Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere and was brought to life in the 18th century by Mahé de Labourdonnais – governor of “Ile de France” between 1735 and 1746 – who initially used the site as a vegetable garden. Today it is home to many treasures, most notable of which is the Giant Amazon Water lily.

2. Grand Port – Mahébourg

Vieux Grand Port is where people first settled on the island. The site is known for the famous naval battle of Grand Port, fought between the English and French in 1810 during the Napoleonic wars. Many remains and structures found around the town are a reminder of the rich colonial past of the district. Mahébourg offers a refreshing mix of old and new. Visitors can enjoy a visit to the Naval Museum. Don’t forget to stop by the colorful local Mahébourg market near the waterfront where you can buy a range of original souvenirs.

3. La Route du Thé

Tea was first introduced onto the island in 1765. La Route du Thé takes visitors on a cultural journey and offers the opportunity to discover beautiful natural scenery and the tea making process as well as enjoy a delicious meal in a traditional colonial residence, Domaine des Aubineaux.

4. The Seven Coloured Earth - Chamarel

The Seven Coloured Earth is a must-see ! This unique geological formation has become somewhat of a phenomenon in Mauritius, having created an area of sand dunes made up of seven distinct colours. Its particularity is that the colours (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow) never mix and withstand all weather conditions !

5. Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs, Deer Island in English, owes its name to the fact that the island was once home to imported Java deer. Covering around 100 acres of land, the island offers beautiful beaches, lush nature and clear blue seas. Whether visitors want to simply relax, indulge in a game of golf on the 18-hole course or try out a few water sports, there is something for everyone.

6. Port-Louis – The Capital

The island’s capital city is alive with Mauritian culture and colour ! With many historical landmarks as well as modern shopping possibilities, a day in Port-Louis offers visitors an expedition between the past and present. Many attractions are waiting to be discovered, to name but a few : the Champs de Mars race course - the oldest race track in the Southern hemisphere, - the Port-Louis market which offers a selection of original souvenirs and typical products, and La Citadelle - a 19th century military fort - reveals impressive views over the city...

7. Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest nature reserve of the island, covering 6,754 hectares of land. Its tropical forest is home to various species of endemic flora and fauna. The park includes picnic areas, trekking paths and offers visitors breathtaking views, ensuring all the while that the endemic wildlife is respected.

8. Le Morne Brabant

Le Morne Brabant is a picturesque peninsula boasting a 556m basaltic monolith covering an area of over 12 hectares. Once a refuge to runaway slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries, Le Morne Brabant is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by the Morne lagoon, the area is also well known for its beauty and access to an array of water sports.

9. Eureka

Located at the heart of the island, Eureka is a family owned colonial residence that dates back to the early 19th century. The house was originally built by Englishman Mr. Carr who wanted to live closer to the governor of the time. Since 1865 the house has belonged to different members of the Le Clézio family. A trip to Eureka is an authentic holiday experience and a walk back in time to discover a beautiful bygone era.

10. Grand-Bassin

The holy lake of Grand-Bassin is said to communicate with the waters of the River Ganges in India and is guarded by an impressive 108 ft. statue of the God Shiv. It is a sacred place of worship for the Hindu community and welcomes the pilgrims of Maha Shivaratri every year, bringing colour and life to the site. A visit to Grand-Bassin is a real cultural experience.

Mauritius will enchant you, will uplift your soul, and make you feel like you belong to the chosen few. When you stay at Ambre Resort, the staff will gladly tell you about the interesting places to visit in Mauritius. Reputable tour organisers are based in the resort to make sure you make the most of your stay in Mauritius. If you prefer the freedom which comes with improvising your own excursions, taxis are easily available at the resort.

To the best of our knowledge, the information contained herein is accurate and reliable as of the date of publication ; however, we do not assume any liability whatsoever for the accuracy and completeness of the above information.

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