Île Maurice vakantie

Ervaar Île Maurice

Best Places to Visit

For such a small place, Mauritius holidays pack it all in. In particular, Port Louis in the north-west of the island is a must-visit spot. With mountains on one side and a stunning bay on the other, it's a truly beautiful city. Built in 1835, it's one of only two colonial cities on the island. Fort Adelaide, for example, has notably great views across the city and out across the bay.

Port Louis is also a fantastic place to shop and pick up souvenirs, with the Central Market one of the most popular. Here, tourists can pick up local crafts and clothes alongside fresh fruit and vegetables. Central Market is also a great place to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a few drinks, such as the locally distilled rum. The best way to see all of the historic buildings in Port Louis, including its cathedral and mosques, is to simply go for a wander and get lost.

Champs de Mars Racecourse, just outside the capital, is a Mecca for horse racing enthusiasts. The racecourse was built in 1812 and the racing season lasts from late March to early December, with races held most weekends. The whole community gets involved, producing a real party atmosphere.

For Mauritius holidays by the seaside, it has to be Grand Bay. Grand by name and grand by nature, this small fishing village on the north coast is now the most famous seaside resort on the island. This is most likely thanks to the emerald green lagoon here, near to which many luxurious hotels sit. There is no end of restaurants, bars and shops for tourists, along with practical things like doctors and pharmacies. There are water sports including scuba diving available, with plenty of coral reefs to explore.

Souillac is located on the southernmost tip of the island and has a ruggedly beautiful quality. Once a fishing village, it is now more famous for its natural wonders, which include the Gris-Gris, the magnificent Rochester Falls and the ever-popular Telfair Garden.

To the south-east, visitors can find Mauritius' old colonial capital, Mahébourg. In spite of being well known for its lagoon, it is also the town closest to Mauritius' only airport. With a unique mix of Creole and colonial architecture, Mahébourg is a quaint, picturesque town, which seems to suddenly come to life on Monday market days and festivals.

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Need to know

Language

There is a mix of languages spoken on the island, including Indian, Chinese and some African languages. However, the main languages spoken are Mauritian Creole, English and French. Mauritius, formerly a British colony, has kept English as its official language, although French is more widely spoken. French tends to be used in business and publications, like newspapers. Mauritian TV channels tend to broadcast in both English and Hindi. While it's not necessary to buy a phrasebook, a basic knowledge of French can surprise and delight the locals.

Currency

The official currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian rupee (Rp). The rupee is divided into 100 cents and cash is the most widely accepted form of payment. If tourists find themselves out of cash, there are ATMs across the island which accept major credit cards. They can be found in banks and some supermarkets and shopping centres. Services in the main tourist towns accept credit cards, although most charge a small fee for this service. Outside of the main tourist locations, cash is king. US dollars, pounds sterling and euros can easily be exchanged at bureau de change and banks, while travellers' cheques are easy to cash at banks. As a rule of thumb, Mauritius' exchange rates are alarmingly low and money-minded visitors might be best advised to change up their currency at home, before travelling.

Visas

UK citizens, along with citizens of many other Western countries, do not require a visa to enter Mauritius. Visitors are granted a 60 day stay on arrival and need to be able to provide evidence of onward or return travel. Check with your embassy to find out individual visa requirements.

Climate

Mauritius enjoys a mild, tropical climate throughout the year, but the weather here can also be split into two distinctive halves. Summers are gloriously warm and humid, while winters are cool and dry. Travellers will be pleased to know that the average summer temperature comes in at around 24.7°C, leaving plenty of opportunity for sunbathing and sightseeing.

Main Airports

The major international airport in Mauritius is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. The airport is the main base for the country's national airline. There's also Sir Gaëtan Duval Airport on the offshore island of Rodrigues, a one and half hour flight from Port Louis.

Flight Options

A whole host of airline carriers fly direct to Mauritius from London. Flights are also available from Manchester and Newcastle. Paris has many flights, so in some instances it may actually be cheaper to fly to Charles de Gaulle Airport and then take a connecting flight to Mauritius. The average direct flight time from London is around 11 hours, 45 minutes.

Travel Advice

Flying to Paris and then on to Mauritius may be able to save you money. Multiple flights run throughout the week. Prices for both flights and hotels sky rocket in high season, around December especially. Booking early or visiting in May is advisable, when many tourist places are still open but the crowds thin as the weather is hot and humid.

Other Transport Options

It's possible to enter Mauritius via sea. Although it is mostly cargo ships that dock at Port Louis, a number of cruise ships have started including Mauritius in their Indian Ocean routes. It's also possible to travel from Tamatave in Madagascar to Mauritius by boat, which takes several days, although there are only a few scheduled services a month.

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Feiten

  1. Suikerriet neemt 85 procent van de landbouwgrond in Mauritius in beslag en is de voornaamste tak van industrie.
  2. Mauritius is het dichtstbevolkte land op het Afrikaanse continent.
  3. Mark Twain heeft gezegd "Je krijgt het idee dat Mauritius eerst werd geschapen, daarna de hemel, en dat de hemel een kopie is van Mauritius".
  4. Hoewel hij allang is uitgestorven, is de dodo de nationale vogel van Mauritius.
  5. De koraalriffen rond Mauritius vormen een barrière voor kwallen en haaien.
  6. Meer dan 40 procent van de eilandbevolking leeft in de hoofdstad, Port Louis.

Feiten

  1. Suikerriet neemt 85 procent van de landbouwgrond in Mauritius in beslag en is de voornaamste tak van industrie.
  2. Mauritius is het dichtstbevolkte land op het Afrikaanse continent.
  3. Mark Twain heeft gezegd "Je krijgt het idee dat Mauritius eerst werd geschapen, daarna de hemel, en dat de hemel een kopie is van Mauritius".
  4. Hoewel hij allang is uitgestorven, is de dodo de nationale vogel van Mauritius.
  5. De koraalriffen rond Mauritius vormen een barrière voor kwallen en haaien.
  6. Meer dan 40 procent van de eilandbevolking leeft in de hoofdstad, Port Louis.

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