Mauritius is full of more beautiful places than others. How to choose between all these destinations, just waiting to be discovered? Here is a list of towns and villages that you must see if you stay in Mauritius. All these unique places will be at the foot of your exceptional villa and Villanovo will be happy to help you organise the excursions of your choice.
This part of the island has it all in regard to its beauty. It is home to Grand Baie and the typical village of Cap Malheureux with its beautiful beach of the Cuvette, and its church with three red roofs that are so special. Grand Baie is full of delicious restaurants and bars and also offers visitors many activities such as boat trips, water sports, or visiting the Tamil Surya Oudaya Sangam temple. And even more, it's perfect for a bit of shopping at Sunset Boulevard.
Take advantage of the opportunities this part of the island offers for water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing and scuba diving. In Trou aux Biches, the depths hide wrecks in the Coral Garden or Stella Reef to explore during a boat safari day. Other unavoidable activities include a visit to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden where giant water lilies, lotus flowers and a flagship collection of plants and spices can be admired, as well as a visit to the 100% local market of Goodlands, picturesque Pereybere, the Bay of Tombs, Pointe aux Canonniers and Mont Choisy with its almost deserted beach and the Kreol International Festival.
The North is also home to an impressive history and culture that can be discovered in the midst of beautiful estates. More than 150 years old, the Château de Labourdonnais immerses you in a sugar estate. Let yourself be lulled by the history of the castle and luxuriate in the surrounding orchards. And, you can not travel North without going through the Sugar Adventure in the heart of the Beau Plan property. This former candy transformed into a modern museum offers you beautiful tastings and a discovery of the history of the farm and the island.
In the centre of the island, you will find four towns called Quatre Bornes, Moka, Rose Hill and Vacoas, and each one gives hope for an unforgettable visit. Among the remarkable sites: Trou aux Cerfs - the islands of the dormant volcano - Grand Bassin, Eureka House, the seven waterfalls and the famous Tea Route.
Moka is renowned for being the hometown of the Mauritian president. The geography of the city is breathtaking, with its valleys, waterfalls and especially Le Pouce, emblematic mountain range. For detective souls, do not hesitate to have fun during an Escape game by taking part in the famous quest for Dodo! To enjoy a return to the past to discover a typical Creole house, you can end up visiting the beautiful colonial house: Eureka House. One of the largest colonial houses, it is a real relic of the past era of the East India Company.
Do not forget your umbrellas when visiting the second city of Mauritius: Curepipe, known for its wet weather and volcanic crater. Equipped with a pair of sturdy shoes, you can visit the falls of Tamarin and their breathtaking views or walk in the Domaine des Aubineaux, the first stop on the Route du Thé. Nearby, Ganga Talao Lake is a sacred haunt in the middle of mountain ranges with temples representing Hindu gods and goddesses but also the great statue of Lord Shiva. A true haven of religious peace full of serenity.
The most beautiful islet of Mauritius is on the East coast: Ile aux Cerfs is a place worth visiting if you are in the area. On this little paradise for water sports, you can enjoy a game of golf on the famous 18-hole golf course, or wander the island to admire the beauty of the palm trees along the coast, as well as wonderful coves and beaches. And, in this lagoon of Trou d'Eau Douce, it is possible to visit the caves of Roches Noires or kayak around the island of Ambre for the more adventurous.
In the heart of Flacq, why not indulge in a parasailing session on the turquoise lagoon, near Belle Mare with the most impressive coral reef, facing a still unspoilt nature and the majestic Lion Mountain to admire from the air.
In this part of the island, you will have the opportunity to visit the small town of Mahébourg where you can wander freely in the famous market. The city takes its name from the French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais and is home to a small group of local fishermen. It also has more beautiful beaches than others. Feel free to visit Pointe-Canon, a real meeting place for French expatriates, but also the National History Museum or the Île aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve. And, a little further North, it's aboard a 4x4 that you will discover the Ferney Valley, a magnificent refuge of native species.
How not to mention Blue Bay, the Southern marine wonder! This marine park contains species of all kinds: parrot fish, Moorish idols, fish and much more. This spot is ideal for diving or snorkelling sessions to explore the colours and the most surprising aquatic fauna and flora.
The South is also Souillac where the rock cries over the waves that break against the cliffs of Gris-Gris and where the most adventurous and daring dive from the waterfalls of Rochester Falls in the Savanne River. And, close to these places, the La Vanille Natural Park abounds with bananas, bamboos and palm trees galore. In this tropical setting, this small forest is home to crocodiles, geckos and giant tortoises.
Among the exceptional beaches of the South, Bel Ombre is an ideal place for tourists, offering them a comfort highly appreciated. Choose from a round of golf at the Heritage Golf Club, swim with the dolphins, or relax and rejuvenate at an excellent spa nearby.
Go kart racing in Cascavelle, diving from the high cliffs of Zako, surfing at Morne, visiting Casela World of Adventures or relaxing and culinary discoveries in Flic en Flac, here you will find many things to see and do. Notably, in the heart of turquoise lagoons, Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the international symbol of the struggle for freedom from slavery. Indeed, this testimony of the past takes you to the top of a natural giant that dominates the surroundings and offers at its foot, a beautiful beach, ideal for your lazy moments or for beautiful sensations on the water. This is the favourite place for surfers with the famous spot "One Eye" that owes its success to the waves that takes the shape of an eye before crashing on the reef.
One of the main tourist attractions, the lush Black River Gorges are a real haven of native and endemic plants and flowers. On more than 6,000 hectares, hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers will find their happiness in front of magnificent panoramic views of the horizon. Between these two unmissable places stands the improbable Land of the Seven Colours, a spectacle of breathtaking beauty. In the morning, come admire the brilliant sun reflected on the bright colours of this geological curiosity and in the distance, the picturesque waterfalls in the heart of a lush vegetation.
With another popular spot known as the "slab", the Bay of Tamarin is also an inescapable corner during your stay on the West Coast. It is also famous for its unique saline landscape. Indeed, it is the ideal place for salt production due to the clean dry conditions of the region.
Rodrigues Island is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is only 18km long. Surrounded by colourful coral reefs, it offers incredible views underwater just 2 hours from Mauritius. For adventure and adrenaline lovers, this is the place for you! Here you can practice your own fishing, surfing, kitesurfing or windsurfing in the wonderful waters of the island. Do not hesitate to put on your fins to go in search of the inhabitants of the coral beds! Wonderful playground for divers, Anse Ali, Saint-François or Anse Bouteille have pretty snorkelling spots. But, Cotton Bay, known as "The Aquarium" remains the most famous of them.
The "Cinderella of Mascarene" is also busy in Port Mathurin, the island's unique and offers an interesting contrast with the natural surroundings. Notably, in the desert area of Plaine Corail, the François Leguat Reserve displays incredible native species and gorges. It is also possible to visit the Cave of the Great Cave and the museum which traces the history of Rodrigues.
Founded in 1735 by the French governor Bertrand-François Mahé of La Bourdonnais, Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is the busiest port in the Indian Ocean.
Located Northwest of the island, it offers a plethora of things to see and do such as the central market of Aapravasi Ghat. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it pays tribute to workers who arrived in India after the abolition of slavery. Landing place at the time, today it is an exhibition to discover throughout their history. On a hill overlooking the city, Fort Adelaide is also a symbol of immigration and the end of slavery. It is nowadays the place of reception of concerts and shows with local and international artists.
A few steps away, it is the oldest racecourse in the Southern hemisphere that awaits you. In the heart of the Champ de Mars, follow a horse race and vibrate with the local population. Decorated in a classic London style, the theatre of Port Louis, the oldest in the Indian Ocean promises a great find. And, passing through the Place d'Armes, which connects the waterfront to the Maison du Gouvernement, discover the Blue Penny Museum, a tribute to the Mauritian heritage. You will learn all about the art and history of the island. Caudan Waterfront is home to a range of brand name stores and restaurants.