Mauritius, which is a mountainous Island situated in the Indian Ocean on the eastern side of Madagascar, has a population of 1,260,782 in 2008. Total area of Mauritius is about 788 sq miles. Port Louis is the largest city in Mauritius.
Coral reefs and turquoise lagoons surround the Island on all sides. It is a suitable place to spend your holidays. It has diverse festivals and multicultural population. It offers lot of activities ranging from golf and mountain biking to scuba diving. It has a coastline of 330 km. You can enjoy a pleasant sunny climate even in worst months.
English is the official language. However, people also speak French.
It is well connected with other parts of the world. It operates several International flights.
Important Places to Visit in Mauritius
You can see and enjoy lot of places in Mauritius. It has a blue lagoon apart from attractive sandy white beaches. You can explore Macabee Forest, the Black River and Yemen either by car or on foot. You can visit an extinct volcanic crater – Trou aux Cerfs, Ile aux Aigrettes and Chamarel during your stay in Mauritius. You can also enjoy religious festivals such as colorful Indian festivals. You can eastern culture within Mauritius.
Other important places to visit include galleries, churches, colonial houses, fortifications and museums.
Important Villages and Towns
MahÃ© de Labourdonais had established this city. It is the financial and administrative capital of the nation. It is the commercial port in the Island. It is located in the northwestern side of the island. Port Louis and MahÃ©bourg are the historic colonial towns in Mauritius. You can watch fortifications such as La Citadelle or Fort Adelaide.
You can purchase handy crafts, clothes, vegetables, fruits, medical plants and spices in the central market besides having a drink.
You can visit Champ de Mars, which is oldest racecourse in the Indian Ocean, during May to December. Races are held during weekends.
Important places to visit in Port Louis include old colonial buildings, the Government House, the National History Museum and the Port Louis Theatre, which was established in the year 1812.
You can also visit famous cathedrals, pagodas, temples and mosques. The city also has lot of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, bars, craft shops and casino.
It is better to roam around by walk to enjoy.
Inland Towns in Mauritius
Inland towns include Beau Bassin/Rose-Hill, Quatre-Bornes, Curepipe and Vacoas/Phoenix. Most of these towns are situated in the central part of Mauritius.
You can find almost everything in the pleasant and calm city. It has famous Orchard Centre that has restaurants, shops and supermarket. It also has a famous market, which is held on Sundays and Thursdays. You can buy textiles at reasonable prices.
It has a cold climate. You can watch Trou aux Cerfs (extinct volcano). The crater has a width of 200 meters and a depth of 85 meters. You can enjoy a spectacular view of the central plateau.
It also has several colonial houses and a Botanical Garden. You can experience the colonial architecture at the Municipal Hall.
Rose Hill and Beau-Bassin Rose-hill
You can find lot of shops and shopping arcades apart from Le Plaza. Operas, concerts and plays are held regularly within the Le Plaza.
Max BoullÃ© art gallery
Mauritian artists regularly conduct exhibitions at Max BoullÃ© art gallery.