Mauritius is definitely a place that is recommended for all those that are looking for a tropical destination. But do you know that the island has more to offer than the usual sandy beaches landscape that we see in tourist brochures? In this article I will be sharing 5 places that you should not miss when you will be visiting this island.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
This is a beautiful garden that is located in the North of the island and that will provide you with a variety of plants. Among these you will have some plants that are indigenous to the island of Mauritius and also some rare species that have been
imported from elsewhere. The place does offer some wonderful opportunities for photos and should be best visited in groups.
The central market located in Port Louis is the largest market in the island and is definitely recommended for people that are interested to discover the culture of the island. There you will find a wide variety of crafts coming from various part of the island but also from Rodrigues. Make sure however that you bargain a little with the vendors as some of them have a bad habit of charging a higher price to tourist. The market is opened throughout the week including weekend.
Five minutes from the market you will have the Caudan Waterfront where you can spend the rest of the days. In this shopping center bordering the Port, you will find some classy shops selling all kind of branded products, restaurants as well as cinemas. At night this is perhaps the only places that you could experience some nightlife in the capital.
Located in the center of the island, this is considered as a sacred place by the Hindu community of the island. Every year a pilgrimage is set towards this place where the Hindus will go and collect this holy water. Actually Grand Bassin is a crater of a dormant volcano and is a place that is visited by a lot of tourist. The landscape and lush vegetation do provide opportunities for some great photos. Make sure however that you respect all indications and customs as this is an important place of worship in the island.
Black River Gorges
If you are interested in doing some hiking then this is the place to go in the island. There are various tracks that are available there depending on your abilities. Some of these tracks will require that you have a guide while others can be attempted on your own. There are plenty of indications along the tracks that will help you find your way around this beautiful landscape. This is a place that is definitely recommended for all nature lovers out there.