The island of Mauritius lies about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. As part of the Republic of Mauritius, which also includes the nearby island of Rodrigues as well as the outer islands Agaléga and St. Brandon, Mauritius has a long history of colonial conquests, disputed by the Netherlands, France and Great Britain. Having gained independence in 1968, the Republic of Mauritius retains its colourful diversity to-date, remaining multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual, giving shape to a very own, unique environment.

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Grand Bay

The area around Grand Bay (=Grand Baie) was the first one to develop mass tourism, and up to this very day, it still remains the centre of tourist attraction. The small town in the North is bustling with locals and tourists alike, as it boasts many leisure activities and charming boutiques, as well as a vibrant nightlife and – of course – the famous beach La Cuvette.

Grand Baie, Mauritius

Only a few kilometres away from Grand Bay, Pereybère attracts with its manifold culture and its lively bar and restaurant scene, and it is also considered by many to have the island's best beach. The area is well equipped to accommodate a host of tourists, as a long list of hotels and resorts as well as countless sports and leisure activities are to be enjoyed at this paradisaical, palm-fringed seaside.

Pereybère, Mauritius

This Maison Créole serves flavours typical of the island's blended kitchen, and its menu is as diverse as the culture of Mauritius itself. While the broad selection of traditional dishes (and especially curries) invites you to deeply immerse yourself into the local cuisine, the beautiful and well-tended garden allows you to enjoy the nature at its best – with typical Mauritian teas that you can also buy afterwards.

La Maison Eureka, Moka, Mauritius
Le Fangourin

In the garden of Beau Plan and at the heart of L'Aventure de Sucre, the sugar museum of Mauritius, you will find your very own treat, both savoury and sweet. With its festive and refined cuisine, The Fagourin is inspired by the manifold flavours of the unique Mauritian kitchen; they are willing to preserve local tradition as well as sustain their beautiful surroundings: a picturesque pond, century-old vegetation and a charming veranda overlooking the central plateau's mountains.

L’Aventure du Sucre, Pamplemousses, Mauritius
Bagatelle Mall

Bagatelle Mall is the island's largest mall, featuring over 130 stores as well as a large food court and different leisure options. With high quality and both local and international retail brands, the modern complex attracts visitors of most different shopping habits, who enjoy a comprehensive experience in this majestic setting.

Bagatelle, Moka, Mauritius
Caudan Waterfront

Le Caudan Waterfront is one of the oldest malls in Mauritius, located at the docks of Port Louis, and thus right at the heart of it all. The complex hosts a huge variety of shops, casinos, cinemas, restaurants and even a hotel, as well as some events during the year, such as bazar sales, where vendors from all across the island sell their homemade goods. Make sure to visit the craft market for artisan products, and enjoy the vibrant and dynamic atmosphere.

Marina Quay, Port Louis, Mauritius

Passport / Visa

While citizens of most European and African countries do not need a visa for touristic travels, a visa can be required either prior to travel or upon arrival – use the website of the Passport and Immigration Office to check for individual requirements. All persons coming to Mauritius for purposes other than tourism, visit or business need to apply for a visa/permit before undertaking any travel. Holders of Diplomatic Passports other than those issued by the Government of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen, and Laissez-passer issued from internationally recognized organizations are exempt from visa regulations. A visa does allow the bearer to travel to Mauritius, while the final admission for entering rests upon the Immigration Officer at the point of entry.

Best Time to Visit

Located in the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius is warm and pleasant throughout the year, and the water temperature is also ideal for swimming and sporting activities. In general, the western and northern regions are warmer and drier than those in the east and south. However, each period has its marks, and the summer months from October to April are the best ones for beach holidays. During winter, from July to September, you will, in contrast, profit from the off-peak season by securing bargain prices.