Experience the soft touch of the white powdery beaches, soak some sun, find the shade of the palm fringes, and give in to the mesmerizing beauty that Mauritius is heavily endowed with. Apart from the picturesque views that the Island nation is blessed with, there are plethora of enchanting activities Mauritius offers. Before you embark on your Mauritius holiday, let us find out why Europeans spend their summer in hotels or Mauritius villas for their holidays.
Europeans swarm Mauritius in droves during summer. As Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, the summer and winter months are opposite to seasons in Europe. Although Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December. When visiting Mauritius it is advisable that you carry lot of beachwear and casual wear. In the winter, the evenings can get cooler so do not forget to carry some woollen clothing. Also, wear appropriate clothing when entering a religious premises and remove leather shoes and belts if any.
In a land which sits pretty in the heart of an ocean, you cannot come to Mauritius without taking a dip in the turquoise sea and relaxing at the soft powdery beaches. As you travel towards the north coast, the beaches there are mainly white, but as you go east, the beaches change colour and texture, and the sea changes from calm lagoon to boisterous Ocean. Go for a swim at the northern beaches such as Trou aux Biches, shaded by casuarinas, Mont Choisy, narrow white stretch of sand curving north from there, and Pereybere, a little cove between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux.
As you move towards the east and west coast, stunning bays will welcome you, while the lagoons at the south coast are terrific for water sports like snorkelling and underwater diving. There are some excellent diving options available on Mauritius holidays and Golf is popular with some championship courses. Other activities include trekking, cycling and even caving for the more adventurous. You can go for a picnic, barbecue or just relax at your beach hotel in Mauritius.
The cuisine of Mauritius is rich with influences of many cultures and different traditions. From Creole to Indian and French, the cuisine has an exceptional and distinguished taste. Creole curry made with fish, beef or chicken and served with rice is a local favourite, the dish is spicy and should be on the must taste list of a tourist. Biryani (spicy rice mixed with chicken or meat), Lentils soup, crepes, Lima beans in spicy sauce are few of the dishes which almost all hotels in Mauritius serve. Mauritian street food on the other hand is full of curries, chutneys and beans all flavoured with rich spices and chillies.
After indulging in water sports and soul quenching food, head to the local markets for some souvenir hunting. Grand Bay is a must go shopping destination and a leisure paradise, Central Market in Port Louis and Grand Baie Bazaar are famous for street shopping. Whether you stay in a hotel or villa in Mauritius, you can enjoy all these.