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he island’s rich cultural heritage, paired with exciting new attractions, lively shopping areas and a host of natural wonders, means there’s always something to do beyond the beach.


Head to Port Louis, the nation’s capital, to get a sense of Mauritius’ colonial past. The world’s fi rst colonial stamp is housed in The Blue Penny Museum, while the Natural History Museum displays a replica dodo, the extinct fl ightless bird.

Looking down from the Citadel above the city, Christian church spires, as well as colourful Hindu temples and minarets of Islamic mosques refl ect the multi-faith nature of the island, while its fascinating Central Market is a melting pot of traditional Indian Ocean arts and crafts, textiles and jewellery, displayed alongside a whole rainbow of local foods and spices.


Pamplemousses Botanical Garden (tourism-mauritius. mu); Port Louis (; Grand Baie (; Casela Nature & Leisure Park (; Black River Gorges National

International brands and duty-free shops can be found at Port Louis’ Caudan Waterfront shopping mall next to the harbour, and at the Phoenix, Trianon and Bagatelle shopping centres in the centre of the island. Bazaars at Goodlands, Flacq, Mahébourg and Quatre-Bornes offer interesting local bargains, while lively Grand Baie in the north hosts La Croisette mall and chic boutiques at Sunset Boulevard.

Take a break from shopping with a stroll around the popular Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, third oldest in the world, that includes the

Talipot Palm, which blooms once in a lifetime and dies. Or visit nearby L’Aventure du

Sucre for an exploration of the island’s sugar production. Grand colonial mansions and The Naval History Museum in Mahébourg, also offer visitors the opportunity to step back in time.

Park (; Grand Bassin (tourism-; Domaine de L’Etoile (; Eureka (; Mahébourg (tourism-; Chamarel (; Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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WHAT’S BREWING? Follow the fascinating route of tea from plant to cup at St Aubin’s Bois Chéri museum

AND THEY’RE OFF! Place your bets at the Champ de Mars Racecourse in Port Louis


Taste the island rum at the Château de Labourdonnais in Ile Maurice

Among Mauritius’ top natural attractions are Chamarel, with its seven coloured earths

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