Mauritius - Tourist Attractions
The capital and largest city, Port Louis is the main harbor of Mauritius and has an excellent market that sells island clothing, splendid replicas of old warships and things as varied as religious icons, statuettes and religious objects. Old colonial consists of charming Victorian buildings. A horse-racing track is open May-October. The Royal Botanical Gardens in nearby Pamplemousses (northeast of Port Louis).
Backed by mountains at the north-western end of the island, the burgeoning capital of Port Louis is a large city (in proportion to the size of Mauritius), though it contains a relatively small percentage of the country's total population. During the day, it bustles with snarling traffic.
Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousse
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden must be one of the most impressive botanical gardens in the world. It has eighty species of palms among its 600 different types of trees which include ebony and mahogany, fruit trees, nutmeg and clove. Exotic shrubs and lily ponds with their famous Victoria Regia water lilies complete this scene of tranquility. This sixty-acre garden established in 1770, has an extensive collection of palms including the Royal Palm, Brazilian Queen Palm, Raffia Palms and the Chinese Lady Palm. The gardens have giant water lilies, the rare talipot palm and other plants.
Grand Bay was the first area of the island to fully experience the tourist boom. A shopping and leisure paradise, Grand Bay also happens to be the area where Mauritians head for when they want a fun-filled night out (restaurants, bars and discos). Recently renovated, La Cuvette beach is well worth a visit.
Ile aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs is a paradise for water sports and has the most beautiful beach in Mauritius. You cannot afford to miss this tiny island, delicately poised on the ocean, a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape. This large island, located off the east coast of Mauritius, measures more than 100 hectares and is known for its sandy beaches. Tourists enjoy the beach and lagoon for water sports or sunbathing, restaurants and several souvenir stalls.
A winding road leads from Case Noyale village to the coloured earths of Chamarel, an undulating landscape of different and contrasting shades of colours. The different shades of blue, green, red and yellow are apparently the result of the erosion of the volcanic ash. The neighbouring waterfalls of Chamarel rise from the moors and the native plant life. The site possesses a rare beauty.
Some «Table d’hôtes» have been recently created in the Chamarel Village where you can enjoy the taste of typical Mauritian cuisine.
Situated in the Rivière Noire district, in the west part of the island Mauritius near the small village Flic en Flac. The bird park stretches over 25 hectares and contains more than 2500 birds of 140 species from all five continents. The Mauritian pink pigeon, one of the rarest birds in the world, can be seen here. Other attractions include fish ponds, tigers, tortoises, monkeys, deer and orchids. Its unique features like natural setting, spacious layout and vegetation makes it a must visit spot.
Flacq is one of the most important villages in Mauritius. This meeting point for inhabitants of the East boasts the country’s largest open air market. The extremely colourful market attracts a large number of people.
A long beach along the eastern coast, Belle Mare is best seen from atop a reconstructed lime kiln that's been converted into a lookout tower just inland from the beach. Despite the numerous hotels on this coast, Belle Mare still offers some precious stretches of public beaches. Ideal for those who want to enjoy the warmness of the Mauritius waters in a tranquil environment.
Curepipe is the commercial center of Mauritius. It has a good variety of restaurants and shops. A few miles southwest is Trou aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano whose enormous crater teems with tropical plants. Curepipe has the flavour of an English market town, is the centre of the island's tea and model-ship building industries The town itself is worth a visit. The surrounding countryside has a more universal appeal.
Mahébourg is one of the main fishing villages on the island. Built on the magnificent Grand Port Bay it was founded in 1804 by the French Governor Charles Decaën
These attractive gardens are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius. One key attraction is the park's giant Victoria regia water lilies, native to the Amazon. Other attractions include golden bamboo, chewing-gum trees, fish poison trees and a 200-year-old Buddha tree. It also provides glimpse of Mauritian Wildlife that are not available elsewhere on the island. There is also an art gallery and a cemetery.
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