Described as the prototype for paradise, sun-kissed Mauritius enjoys cultural influences from Africa, India and Europe. This unique island draws in visitors with its sapphire waters, powder-white beaches and unrivalled landscapes.
For such a tiny island Mauritius has an incredibly rich and diverse food culture, with a combination of Creole, French, Chinese and Indian flavours. The most common ingredients used in Mauritian recipes are tomatoes, onions, garlic and chillies, which are cooked with a variety of spices to create a delicious sauce known as rougaille. Vegetables, meat or seafood are then cooked in the rougaille and eaten with pickles & dhal or rice. While the Indian population has had a big influence on the cuisine Mauritian curries are unique in that they rarely contain coconut milk and typically use European herbs such as thyme and feature more unusual meats and seafood such as duck or octopus. Try Prawn rougaille (King prawns cooked in a thick tomato sauce flavoured with garlic, paprika, chilli, parsley & thyme).
PLACE TO VISIT:
— Port Louis - Mauritius' port capital is a kaleidoscope of cultures with narrow streets and wonderfully preserved colonial buildings and is easily explored on foot.
— Flic-en-Flac & Wolmar - a golden sweep of sand stretches around the bay, overlooked by the massive bulk of Morne Brabant on the horizon. The sea here is famous for myriads of coloured fish.
— Le Morne Brabant - A 1500ft peak located on a peninsula jutting into the sea in the south-west corner of Mauritius. It features a long sandy beach and a beautiful lagoon.
— Grand Gaube - A stunning choice for a relaxing holiday with small rocky bays, stretches of white sand beach and crystal clear lagoons.
— Belle Mare and Palmar - famous for their stunning beaches. Located on the east coast, the serene waters of the Indian Ocean form a lagoon making the area ideal for swimming and watersports
— Grand Baie - A vibrant town with a charming village atmosphere and a stunning white sandy beach lined with coconut palms and adjoined by shops, restaurants and bars.
— Trou aux Biches - A lovely long sandy beach fronts this former fishing village which has developed into a delightful resort offering excellent bathing and watersports.
— Poste Lafayette - Located on the northeast coast, Poste Lafayette offers stunning scenery and undisturbed natural beauty. It is the habitat for many migratory birds.
— Blue Bay - The crystal waters of Blue Bay are perfect for swimming and offer a wide range of watersports including impressive diving and snorkelling opportunities.
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