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"God created Mauritius first, and then made a copy which he called Heaven," Marc Twain said about this land lost in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is an extinct volcano surrounded by lagoons, and seems indeed like paradise when you lay eyes on its incredible Pamplemousses gardens, its oleanders, camphors and breadfruit trees from the Philippines.

Each side of the island has a distinct look. The east coast, bordered by lush vegetation, delights you with its magnificent beaches. The southern coast is more rugged, with basaltic cliffs battered by trade winds and sculpted by the sea swell. A sea breeze caresses the cane fields on its plains dotted with chimneys from pioneering factories. Its mountains, once a refuge for rebellious slaves, are a never-ending source of legend.

Rodrigues, a remote dependency of Mauritius and the third island in the Mascarene archipelago, has preserved the stunning beauty of its lagoon. You can see it from the plane before landing near the little colonial capital of Port Mathurin. A bus ride will take you on a picturesque journey through verdant, tawny-coloured hills and valleys and over winding mountain roads.

You can explore the island's most beautiful beaches, between Pointe Coton and Pointe Gravier, where the sea bed often takes on the colours of its parrotfish, and visit its coral islets inhabited by rare birds, its mysterious caves and enchanting coves.

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Mauritius, Rodrigues : Must-see towns and regions

  • Pamplemousses

    The village of Pamplemousses is famous for two magnificent sites, the botanical gardens and Aventure du sucre. But the former residential area of the 18C French settlers is also worth a visit for the ...

  • Chamarel

    If natural sites are your bailiwick, you’ll enjoy the village of Chamarel, with the peak of Petite Rivière Noire (828 m) towering above it. There’s the awe-inspiring Chamarel waterfall to the South, a...

  • Flic en Flac

    This seaside resort owes its reputation to its lovely crescent-shaped sandy beach and the beautiful sea bed that has made it a favourite with divers. Flic en Flac, easily accessible from the North, th...

  • Port Louis

    Port Louis, a capital hemmed in by the Indian Ocean and the Moka Range, is the economic hub of Mauritius. Its narrow streets teeming with cars are full of the many people who have come here looking fo...

  • Rose Hill

    The Victorian-style Plazza Theatre and Max Boullé Art Gallery next door, specialising in Mauritian artists, are part of the dynamic cultural scene in Rose Hill. The town is also an active commercial h...

  • Curepipe

    Curepipe is midway between Mahébourg and Port Louis. It was the ideal place for troops crossing the island from East to West to take a break and use the time to clean their pipes, thus the name. Don’t...

  • Trou aux Biches

    The long sandy beach stretching between the lagoon and the filao trees has turned this little fishing village on the north coast into one of the island’s main seaside resorts. It is very popular with ...

  • This village adjacent to Grand Baie has been focusing increasingly on tourism. Hotel complexes and other constructions of dubious aesthetic value are being randomly built at a quick pace all along the...

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