North of Mauritius
The north of Mauritius including the visit of the Pamplemousses garden
Created in 1735, the Pamplemousses Garden is undoubtedly one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. There are no less than 80 varieties of palm among its 600 different species including ebony, mahogany, nutmeg, cloves and a multitude of fruit trees. Groves of tropical plants and large basins where the famous giant water lilies flourish complete this Edenic picture. When you enter this place, priceless treasures, magic and wonders will carry you away.
Enter through the main door, and you will come across Avenue La Bourdonnais. Here you can admire beautiful lataniers surrounded by lianas. Once arrived at the end, you will find the famous Bassin aux lilies (Victoria Rézia). They are well known for their large green leaves floating on the water but also for their flowers, which change regularly (white in the morning and pink in the evening). Very surprising. Then take Pepper Avenue and contemplate the majestic palm trees and giant bamboos. A few steps further, do not hesitate to cross the Bridge of Sighs and be ready to discover beautiful plants and fruit trees from India or China. Perfumes and scents will invade you. Teaks, cinnamon, clove, fig, date, guavas or even mango trees are waiting for you. By taking the Telfair Avenue, you will be able to admire splendid trees such as the exceptional Talipot palm with its extremely wide leaves, blooming once every 60 years before dying.
Visit the Château de Mont-Plaisir, this colonial-style residence and former residence of the French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais, will allow you to take a tour in its small museum of history.
Once out, facing the castle, you can see a lotus of black stone sheltering the ashes of former Prime Minister Sir Seewoosagur Rangoolam.
Indira Ghandi Avenue is home to the giant turtle park, which comes especially from Seychelles.
Finally, do not miss its Great Basin surrounded by aquatic plants and small islets and the Lotus Pool filled with beautiful white and yellow flowers.
The adventure of sugar
Enter the magical world of the Sugar Adventure and push the doors of this brand-new tourist site.
Installed in the former sugar factory of Beau Plan, this place will take you to the discovery of sugar, since its very first beginning, a few centuries ago.
As this wonderful trip, the Adventure of Sugar welcomes you in the middle of its grinding mills and its locomotive fields, soon put into activity.
You will also go to meet Mauritius with its history, its cane and its manufacturing process.
Among other things, it’s fascinating modern museum route awaits you with its giant screens and period documents. The Adventure of Sugar will make the joy of the most curious as most passionate.
Continue your visit with a short stop at the Village Boutique. In its refined patio, you will find decorations, bath fragrances, elegant textiles, bookstore and especially the 15 special sugars. products in Mauritius. Finally, do a little tasting with a little rum.
If this initiatory visit to the world of sugar has revealed your taste buds. Come to the Restaurant Fangourin under its veranda where you will enjoy many homemade pastries around a flavored Mauritian tea.
It is on the north coast of the island that is located Grand Bay. This seaside resort enjoys a very important tourist reputation by its incredible number of tourists and by its numerous hotels.
Come and swim in this beautiful lagoon with turquoise and blue colors. and come to relax and sunbathe on the famous beach of the Cuvette, it will offer you a long trail of unique white sand as well as a calm and pleasant corner.
Grand Bay will delight more than one, with its many water sports. Snorkeling, glass bottom boats, windsurfing and water skiing are in the spotlight.
If you are not very sporty. The shops will have something to comfort you. it is by going on the Sunset Boulevard that you will find a multitude of shops and malls. Like the Mauricia Shopping Center with its luxury boutiques or Kapu Kaï.
When the lunch hour arrives. do not hesitate to go to one of the restaurants in the city and taste some very good fish and seafood.
It is all at the northern tip of the island and near Peyrebère that appears this small fishing village: Cap Malheureux. The village has inherited this special name because of its repeated shipwrecks where several boats stranded on the coast. This little corner is very little approached by mass tourism. But that does not prevent to have the presence of some tourists. You will visit the famous little church of Cap Malheureux. This is worth the detour. With its red roof and white stones, this seaside location is a place where faith, song and peace fill the inside of the church constantly. You will quickly fall in love.
If you decide to go, there to enjoy a swim. the beaches will be “smaller”. However, you can rest in small coves where calm and fullness will welcome you.
Half day on the beach, long of a kilometer, the beach of Mont Choisy is mostly frequented by families. It is not uncommon to see them on weekends and holidays on a barbecue or simply camping. Its lagoon, which extends as far as the eye can see, is an invitation to water skiing, windsurfing and parasailing. The beach is easily accessible from the main road and parking is available.