For those looking for a warm destination to spend their Christmas holidays, Mauritius is always a good choice. White sand beaches and turquoise waters, natural places of rare beauty, excellent hospitality make the island the ideal destination for a holiday of peace and relaxation.
From December to March temperatures reach 30° and the crystal clear water is perfect for snorkelling, diving or simply relaxing with long baths.
The Mauritians enjoy Christmas parties in a lively atmosphere that also involves visitors.
Here are 5 good reasons to immediately book a trip to discover the pearl of the Indian Ocean …
1 – The cosmopolitan capital of Mauritius
Port Louis is the capital and largest port of Mauritius, as well as the nerve center of commercial activities. The waterfront Le Caudan Waterfront is the beating heart of the city where the main hotels, restaurants, a cinema, a casino are located and nightlife comes alive.
Behind the Waterfront comes the folk market, a riot of colors and scents that envelop the visitor and immerse him completely in the Mauritian traditions, including exotic fruits, fragrant spices, as well as fabrics, clothing, typical straw bags, vanilla and local teas.
Do not miss the Jummah mosque in the city, the most important of the island, the ancient Arab fortress El Citadel, the traditional Hindu temple and the Natural History Museum where you can admire a reproduction of the dodo, the characteristic endemic volatile island, now extinct.
2 – Christmas lunch at Eureka House
10 km from Port Louis is Maison Eureka, an ancient Creole dwelling from 1830 and one of the largest colonial houses on the island. It stands along the banks of the Moka River, surrounded by a striking natural landscape and lush vegetation that make it the perfect place for a regenerating break.
Walking through the English garden, palm trees and mango plants in front of the Maison, you reach four small and picturesque waterfalls.
At La Maison Euréka’s restaurant you can taste the specialties of traditional Creole cuisine, such as chicken in spicy tomato sauce, smoked marlin carpaccio, vanilla ice cream and grilled coconut to enjoy a unique and original Christmas lunch. Traditional dishes of the Mauritian cuisine.
3 – The Bay of Tamarin
One of the most fascinating places in Mauritus is certainly the Tamarin Bay, a favorite destination for surfers due to its favorable climate due to the constant presence of wind. The Ocean, as well as being a precious refuge for thousands of fish and corals, is also the favorite place for hundreds of sportsmen, who are here together to practice surfing, winfishing and kitesurfing.
Here along the south-west coast of the island you can experience the unique experience of swimming with dolphins, and even boat or catamaran trips, snorkeling and diving to admire the colorful inhabitants of the sea immersing yourself in the discovery of a backdrop full of corals and colorful fish, or simply sail the sparkling waves of the sea on board a glass bottom boat or a luxurious catamaran.
4 – The fascinating Le Morne Peninsula
The Peninsula of Le Morne is a strip of sand that stretches for 4 km along the south-east coast of the island and takes its name from a small mountain of 556 meters that dominates the entire coastline.
The site has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and boasts the presence of the most enchanting beaches in Mauritius that offer snorkeling and kitesurfing and the possibility of organizing numerous excursions inland.
The more adventurous can go hiking, trekking or cycling to reach the top of Mount Morne Barbant from where you can enjoy a spectacular 360° view of the entire peninsula.
5 – The tea route
Mauritus never ceases to amaze! In addition to the white beaches and the emerald sea, the island offers a suggestive itinerary to discover the Route du Thé: a journey through the aromas and flavors of the tea world, starting from Domaine des Aubineaux, leading to the Bois Chéri factory in Rivière des Anguilles and ends at the Domaine Saint Aubin.
This itinerary will guide guests through the factories and tea plantations, offering the opportunity to learn about the history, discover the traditions and importance of tea production in Mauritius.