The island of Mauritius is located in the South West of the Indian Ocean and to the East of Madagascar.
This island republic consists of the main island Mauritius, and the islands of Rodrigues, St Brandon and Agalega. Mauritius is a popular destination for families, honeymooners and jet setters from all over the world, in search of a beautiful beach destination which is safe, hot, sunny and where the local population is friendly and welcoming.In fact Mauritius possesses many attributes which make it a first class beach destination with its white sandy beaches, preserved turquoise blue lagoon, excellent quality accommodation, and most of all its friendly multicultural population living side by side, in peace and harmony.The above mentioned attributes make the island a favourite for Mauritius Holiday Rentals or, as the French like to say, Location Vacances Ile Maurice.
Flying to Mauritius is easy with the major European airlines offering regular non-stop direct flights to this island in the sun. The official language of the island in English, however, the most widely used language after the local Creole is French. The press is published in English, French, and Hindi is a very important language too in the community. It is possible to hear this mix of languages being spoken when enjoying a Mauritius Self Catering Holiday or Location Ile Maurice, as the French say. This exotic island is peaceful and welcoming to all those who holiday there. Mauritians are delighted to receive tourists from all over the world and it is evident in the natural sense of hospitality which they display. The local infrastructure is developing rapidly with one principal motorway leading from the airport to the centre and also to the North of the island. Transport is readily available with an excellent, reliable and inexpensive bus service serving most parts of the island. Car hire and taxis are also available for exploring this fascinating island in the Indian Ocean.Mauritian food is delightful because of its multicultural population who has mixed the best of European cuisine with Asian Cuisine to produce the most fascinating and succulent dishes.
After sampling an exotic Mauritian dish or two, the local fruit available is colourful and succulent, for example, pineapple, letchis and juicy mangoes. Owing to the island’s multicultural diversity and its history of colonialism, there is a selection of places of historical or cultural interest for those wishing to explore the island. The capital city Port Louis owes its name to Louis XV of France and is an interesting place to visit with its colonial buildings, bustling market and magnificent waterfront overlooking the harbour. Port Louis harbour is an important port of call for world cruises, cargo and fishing ships crisscrossing the Indian Ocean. There are Hindu temples, Tamil temples and Chinese pagodas, located throughout the towns and villages of the island and which are open to visitors all year round. The beautiful green interior of the island is also accessible to tourists who may choose to explore several nature parks on foot, on horseback or during a safari drive in a 4X4 vehicle. Some of the beautifully shaped mountains of the island may be visited on foot up to their summits from which the views of Mauritius, surrounded by a magnificent lagoon, are breathtaking. These are Le Morne, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, and Le Pouce, and several others.
Mauritius continues to be an extremely sought after and popular holiday destination where the beaches and green interior are beautiful, facilities and services available to holidaymakers are excellent. The Mauritians are a welcoming and peaceful nation, making the holiday experience very pleasant and relaxing. The number of tourists who return regularly and have done for many years is a real testament to the natural and human richness which this unique island possesses.