Tourism in Mauritius
Tourist places in Mauritius
General information about Mauritius
Mauritius is a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, about 860 kilometers from Malagash (Madagascar). The Portuguese traveler Don Pedro Mascarenhas was the first to know the world about it in the year 1505 and he gave the name Mascarines to the group of islands now known as Mauritius, Rodrigues and Reunion.
In the year 1598, a Dutch fleet anchored in Grand Port, which led to the establishment of the first Dutch colony on the island in 1638. Over the years, the Dutch introduced the island to sugar cane, domesticated animals and deer before their departure from it in 1710, followed by the French in 1715. They established the port of Port Louis – the current capital of the country – and the island of Mauritius remained their base until the defeat of Napoleon, and Britain seized it in the year 1810 AD, and they established an authority under the leadership of Robert Farquhar that later implanted rapid social and economic changes in the island. The country held general elections in 1967, after which Mauritius established a new constitution and declared its independence on March 12, 1968, followed by the proclamation of the Republic of Mauritius on March 12, 1992.
Culture and history
The census of Mauritius constitutes a diverse palette of races, cultures and religions, where the religions of Islam, Western Christianity, Creole, Chinese and Tamil races live side by side in perfect harmony, as this harmony between all cultures and ethnicities is one of the attractions of the island.
This rich cultural heritage of an impressive array of mosques, churches and temples is evident in every corner. After the independence of the Republic from British colonialism, a large number of Europeans – especially the British – decided to settle in the country and not return to the mother country, due to the natural beauty in these islands and their strategic location near the global shipping lines between Asia, Africa and the Americas.
This community constitutes the economic elite in the republic in addition to other communities such as the Lebanese, Egyptians and others. Generally speaking, Mauritians are bilingual as they speak both French and English fluently. The official language of the island is English, but French and Creole are more widely spoken in addition to the presence of several eastern languages as well.
Tourist areas in Mauritius
1. Grand Baie
Grand Baie is a seaside village and large tourist beach in the Riviere-de-Rimbarte region in northern Mauritius. The resort town of Grand Bay is the most popular holiday destination in Mauritius. The island owes its popularity to the quality of its charming emerald waters and its vibrancy by day and night.
It provides facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing, and is also the starting point for deep-sea fishing trips and boat excursions to the islands to northern Mauritius and has a wide range of fashion and crafts stores, hotels and restaurants. You can find traditional local stores in Grand Bay, and given the variety of stores and shopping complexes, Grand Bay is definitely the number one shopping destination for clothing, jewelry, textiles, and souvenirs.
2. Chamarel Village
Chamarel is a village located in the Black River region, on the island of Mauritius, East Africa. Here, tourists can see dunes with 7 different colors. It is known that the dunes are also known as the Land of the Seven Colors. The sand dunes in the village of Chamarel are very popular with tourists. This village has turned into one of the most famous tourist sites in the island of Mauritius since 1960, with a wide area of different colored soft sand glamor. In red, brown, purple, green, blue, yellow and orange, they all fuse into one look, creating a stunning scene.
3. Le Chateau de Labourdonnais
Labordani Palace is one of the tourist attractions in Mauritius. It is a mixture of sights including a museum, a park, a restaurant. Lynette 1857 in the style of an old European classic.
4. Black River Gorges
Black River Gorges National Park is a beautiful mountainous region in the southern part of Mauritius, and it is perhaps the best area for some excursions and adventures within the island. Located on the hills of the Champagne Plains, Black River Gorgis National Park covers 6,576 hectares of mountains and forests, and is home to more than 150 species of plants and 9 species of birds.
5. Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it is an island almost like paradise. It is just an interesting place about this tourist attraction in Mauritius where palm trees, white sandy beaches and warm tropical waters are an opportunity to relax, and do nothing for a few days.