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Travel Guide

  • Mauritius
  • Port-Louis
  • 2011 km²
  • Mauritian Rupee
  • Creole / French / English
  • 1.265 million

General Information About Mauritius

Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.

Popular Sports

The most popular sport in Mauritius is football and the national team is known as The Dodos or Club M. Other popular sports in Mauritius include cricket, cycling, table tennis, horse racing, badminton, volleyball, basketball, handball, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, weightlifting, bodybuilding and athletics. Water sports include swimming, sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Horseracing, which dates from 1812 when the Champ de Mars Racecourse was inaugurated, remains popular. The country hosted the second (1985) and fifth editions (2003) of the Indian Ocean Island Games. Mauritius won its first Olympic medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing when boxer Bruno Julie won the bronze medal. In golf, the former Mauritius Open and the current AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open have been part of the European Tour.

Paris Culture and History

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Culture

The distinctive architecture of Mauritius reflects the island nation's history as a colonial trade base connecting Europe with the East. Styles and forms introduced by Dutch, French, and British settlers from the seventeenth century onward, mixed with influences from India and East Africa, resulted in a unique hybrid architecture of international historic, social, and artistic significance. Mauritian structures present a variety of designs, materials, and decorative elements that are unique to the country and inform the historical context of the Indian Ocean and European colonialism.

History

Decades of political, social, and economic change have resulted in the routine destruction of Mauritian architectural heritage. Between 1960 and 1980, the historic homes of the island's high grounds, known locally as campagnes, disappeared at alarming rates. More recent years have witnessed the demolition of plantations, residences, and civic buildings as they have been cleared or drastically renovated for new developments to serve an expanding tourism industry. The capital city of Port Louis remained relatively unchanged until the mid-1990s, yet now reflects the irreversible damage that has been inflicted on its built heritage. Rising land values are pitted against the cultural value of historic structures in Mauritius, while the prohibitive costs of maintenance and the steady decline in traditional building skills make it harder to invest in preservation.
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Environment & Climate

The environment in Mauritius is typically tropical in the coastal regions with forests in the mountainous areas. Seasonal cyclones are destructive to its flora and fauna, although they recover quickly. Mauritius ranked second in an air quality index released by the World Health Organization in 2011. Situated near the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius has a tropical climate. There are 2 seasons: a warm humid summer from November to April, with a mean temperature of 24.7 °C (76.5 °F) and a relatively cool dry winter from June to September with a mean temperature of 20.4 °C (68.7 °F).

Mauritius Nightlife

Mauritius, one of the pearl of the Indian Ocean, is marvelous at night. Warm, starlit evenings provide an idyllic setting for al fresco dining, dancing and romantic strolls on the beach. Contemplating a magnificent full moon brightly shining while admiring the glistening and enthralling dark lagoons- perfect for a midnight bath- will simply makes your holidays on the island more than perfect. Whether you are lodging in a hotel or villa or just hanging around at some parent’s place, you should not miss whatever Mauritius has to offer to you.

Popular Bars in Mauritius

 
The Beach House Bar & Restaurant
 
Les Enfants Terribles
 
Henessy Park Hotel
 
Le Suffren Hotel & Marina

Famous Clubs in Mauritius

 
Lacaz Cascavelle Restaurant & Club
 
Avant Garde Cocktail Bar
 
Big Willy's
 
Les Enfants Terribles