Mauritius is known to be a very small country, but many places are yet to be discovered during a walk, while swimming or traveling by car. If you are fond of mind-blowing overviews, here is our top 5 scenic routes you should take during your stay in Mauritius.
The Mauritius Tea Route will awaken your senses
The Mauritius Tea Route is a famous cultural and gastronomical tour. People are curious and glad to discover so many colors and flavors within a few hours. It is a three-stage route that starts in Curepipe, where you will be visiting one of the last colonial houses that have been preserved throughout the years. After a stop in Bois Chéri – a powerful symbol as this region hosts a famous tea factory – the Mauritius Tea Route ends in Saint Aubin.
You will obviously appreciate the landscape during this trip. The colors, perfumes, flavors and the mild temperatures will make it a wonderful adventure and will surely make a lovely memory of your stay in Mauritius.
The South-West will send you to the heart of a painting
If you take the road from Bel Ombre to Baie du Cap and go through Macondé and Le Morne, you will be able to discover a wonderful landscape. It is famous for being the most charming landscape Mauritius has to show, according to many visitors and residents. Widely dominated by the turquoise blue lagoon, this coastal road allies wild nature and human developments that have been made to let you enjoy this trip properly.
Indeed, several places have been developed in order to make it easier for visitors to stop if they are visiting Mauritius by car. As a consequence, they can stop by Macondé to enjoy the landscape and cross the road to buy fruits. In fact, who stops by Macondé without even crossing the road to buy plenty of pineapples, cucumber and other seasonal fruits?!
The South-East if you want to discover the history of Mauritius
The road that leads to the South-East of Mauritius takes you to a few places where you will be able to discover the history of the country. It starts in Bambous Virieux and ends in Mahébourg, which is approximately 15 kilometers by car. This route provides a wonderful landscape and it also invites you to take a few breaks to discover the Mauritian architectural heritage, markets and museums.
As it is strongly advised to take your time and appreciate what Mauritius has to offer, borrowing or renting a vehicle will facilitate your daily planning if you wish to discover the secrets of the South-East.
The sun rises from the East… and sets in the West
As for the beauty of the roads leading to the West of the island, it is offered by Mother Nature. You will be able to appreciate the beauty of sugarcane fields, which symbolize the wealth and delicacy of Mauritius. Moreover, this region is well known for three of its beaches: Albion, Flic-en-Flac and Tamarin. The first one is famous for its lighthouse. As for Flic-en-Flac, it is a gathering place for all people who love partying or just enjoying life on a white sand beach. Finally, Tamarin is the ideal place if you are a romantic person.
Plus, as the sun sets in the West, the road to this region is quite lovely at the end of the day, when the sunlight turns orange on the sugarcane fields and disappears behind the horizon. Of course, when the weather is great, the landscape looks nice all day long!
The northern route, genuineness and simpleness
Finally, the northern route offers a genuine and simple atmosphere that you will probably like while travelling by car. You will be able to see many sugarcane fields and fruit hawkers all along the road. Watermelon, litchis, pineapples, mangos and other seasonal fruits will make your trip to the North lovelier and tastier.
However, this road is full of colors, whereas the roads in the heart of the region (i.e. from Mapou to Grand-Gaube) show a genuine, simple and sincere atmosphere. If you enjoy colorful and charming places and if you feel like getting close to the Mauritian population, the North will surely appear to be a very touching place!
This selection will probably help you for a better planning during your stay in Mauritius. No matter the mood of Mother Nature, you will enjoy the atmosphere and the vibes of the Mauritian roads, from East to West and from North to South, especially if you have come here to get away from the everyday.