The volcanic island Mauritius is a fascinating, world-in-one-island slice of paradise. While in many destinations famed for cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, you may eventually find yourself wishing for something to do besides sunbathing and swimming. The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.
Add to this the joys of Chinese, Indian, French and African cuisine, the beat of music and the infectious party spirit of the locals, and you soon understand why Mauritius really is so many people’s idea of paradise on earth.
The Arabs have known the island since the early 900s. The Portuguese were the first Europeans on the island from 1520. The Dutch colonized the island in 1638. They brought African slaves and named the island after Prince Maurice of Nassau. The French took control in the 17th Century, and the British took over in 1810 and controlled the island until its independence in 1968.
The Indian Ocean, 900 km East of Madagascar
You don’t need a visa to enter Mauritius if you are a citizen of the EU, the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and a number of other countries
Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat
English, French and Creole