Crystal clear blue water and endless beaches – this is Mauritius. Leave Zurich behind and let us take you to paradise.
For most people the name Mauritius conjures up the perfect holiday island, with white beaches, the warm blue sea, coral reefs and palm trees. They are right. Mauritius is an island state east of Madagascar and south of the equator, therefore the seasons are running counter to those in Europe. Mauritius consists of the namesake main island and several smaller and bigger islands as far away as a thousand Kilometres.
In 1505, the Portuguese discovered the unsettled island, later it became a Dutch colony, which failed to prosper and was abandoned. When pirates established a base on Mauritius, the French attacked them from the near island of Réunion and took over Mauritius. After a hundred years Mauritius was lost to the British, the famous blue Mauritius stamp is a reminder of that time. The language of Mauritius is a French-creole dialect called Morisyen. Most of the population lives on the main island, the dominant group are the descendants of workers from India, who worked on the sugar cane plantations. There are also descendants from African slaves who were brought there by the French.
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How can I get around on Mauritius?
The main public transport on Mauritius is the bus, but you can rent a car, a scooter or a bicycle to explore the island on your own. Just like in England, there is left-hand driving on Mauritius.
How do I pay on Mauritius?
Mauritius has its own currency, the Mauritius rupee. It is much cheaper to exchange in Mauritius than at home, so don’t exchange to much of your cash in advance. In restaurants, stores and supermarkets you can use all established credit cards.
What is the best season for travelling to Mauritius?
Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, their summer is burning hot when Europe is still in the grip of winter. During the European fall, it is not too hot on Mauritius yet and also quite dry. Spring in Europe is late summer on Mauritius, a little bit cooler, but the ocean can still be up to 30°C warm.
White beaches made from coral sand, turquoise and blue sea, coral reefs with a stunning underwater-world and many diverse and beautiful landscapes. The most popular attractions of Mauritius are:
- Fort Adelaide
- Blue Penny Museum
- The beach of Trou aux Biches
- UNESCO world heritage site Le Morne
- Mauritius’ volcano Trou aux Cerfs
Attractions of Mauritius capital
The capital city Port Louis has about 170.000 inhabitants. The historical centre around the Place d’Armes lures with old-time colonial architecture, above the city resides the old Fort Adelaide from the 19th century. The Caudan Waterfront is the main boulevard of Port Louis, a shopping paradise right next to the harbour. In the Blue Penny Museum are two stamps from 1847 on display, the famous Blue Mauritius and her orange sister.
Small island with unique microclimates
The mountainous inlands are much colder than the coasts, with more rain and fog. The northern part is flat, dry and warm, here are the centres of tourism like Grand Baie and Pereybere. Flic en Flac on the east coast is another well-equipped centre for tourists with a fantastic beach. The Blue Bay Marine Park is an ideal place for snorkelling or a tour with a glass-bottom boat.
Tremendously beautiful landscape of Mauritius
Take a look at the southern part of the island: Le Morne with the distinct mountain Le Morne Brabant, today an UNESCO world heritage site. The Botanical Garden in Pamplemousse does not only display a stunning diversity of plants, but is also home to giant tortoises. Near the garden rises the Trou aux Cerfs, a 650-meter high extinct volcano with a beautiful crater lake. In the southwest, the seven-coloured earth and the Charamel waterfalls are prominent tourist attractions. The Black River Gorges National Park is a great area for a day of hiking. At the eastern end of the park is the Ganga Talao, also called Grand Bassin, a beautiful lake and at the same time the most important Hindu pilgrimage destination outside of India.
The exciting cuisine of Mauritius
With it’s roots in Indian, Chinese, African, French and Creole traditions, the local cuisine sparks culinary adventures on a daily basis. Many spices and a great selection of meat and fresh fish are the basis for most meals. Many variations of spicy curries are on all menus. Fresh fish can end up as Poisson sauce Créole, the rice dish biryani or the national dessert, the gâteau patate, a cake made from sweet potatoes, will excite you every day. A typical street food is samosa, another is dholl puri, which is a thin pancake filled with vegetarian sauces and mashed yellow lentils.
Drinks of Mauritius
The sugar cane cultivation results in a number of rum distilleries, a great basis for cocktails of all kinds. The "Vieu Rhum de l'Isle de France", that needs to rest for 10 years in oak barrels, should be enjoyed without any further input. Mauritius has great breweries who put out some decent beer, but wine must be imported from South Africa, Australia or France and is expensive.
Shopping in Mauritius
The island has a long tradition in trading, but also in textile production from traditional saris to current fashion designs. From the single beach vendor to air-conditioned luxury shopping malls goes the spectrum of shopping opportunities. In the big tourist destinations like Grand Baie or Flic en Flac you will find several streets filled with shops offering everything from clothing to jewellery, another traditional craft of Mauritius. The big flea market of Mahebourg is only open once a week on Mondays. Here you can make real bargains or just be entertained by the spectacle. Haggling is possible and can save you a lot of rupees.
Zurich - ViennaFlight duration: 01:25 hrs total, Frequency: 9 x daily
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure