Winter is coming… Or winter has come…. On these Game of Thrones cliché, you are probably considering where to spend your holidays in a sunny climate. No clouds above your head, no rain, a beautiful sun, a gentle breeze on your skin, wouldn’t that be a dream? What if I tell you such place exists?
Ever heard of Mauritius? A small island in the Indian Ocean often described as heaven-on-earth by people and reviewers such as Mark Twain. Indeed, Mauritius is encircled by a beautiful azure sea and being ideally located in the tropical region, the temperature is mostly warm with a climate close to perfection. Mauritius is also home to various cultures, so don’t be surprised if ever you find your favourite food and favourite celebrations. Besides, if you have something new to offer, Mauritius is more than welcome to allow you to express your different traditions which we will surely fond fascinating.
Celebrations and Events during this Summer
Diwali has always been a favourite for youngsters and adults; despite of tiredness due to cooking. However, it is a fun and family-gathering moment. Also known as the victory of light over darkness, expect to find houses lit almost at every corner of the street. Moreover, one of the most beautiful aspect of Mauritius is that due to its cultural diversity and harmony, other ethnic groups often participate.
What can be a celebration without treats? Divali also inspires the act of sharing. Whether you are staying at the hotel or in a house, the Indian neighbours will be surely glad to offer you some treats ranging from the “Barfi,” the “Rasgulla” to “Gato Patate” and “Ladoo”. They are so delicious that you will be asking for more!
Porlwi by Light
New to Mauritius, Porlwi by Light created a mind-blowing success last year, whether financially, economically and socially. It remains one of the event which inspired collectivism and harmony – people of multi-ethnic groups gathered together in one place; Port-Louis. Being the capital of the island, Port-Louis had lost its dynamism over the years. The initiative was to make Mauritians as well as tourists rediscover a new facet of Port-Louis. Stay tuned for future information.
Christmas & New Year
Who does not love Christmas? It is the most popular celebration among the world. The main difference would be that Christmas would be hot instead of cold. You may spend your days by the beach. Warm sandy beaches, a mesmerising azure sea, a blue sky – what can you ask more?
When mentioning Christmas, we automatically think of the remaining days till the new year. Did you ever dream of lighting up firecrackers at midnight? Well, in Mauritius you can do it. Worry not, there will be hawkers posted at almost every cities selling different varieties each at a different price.
Beaches of Mauritius
Often when referring to Mauritius, we associate it to white sandy beaches. Did you know that Mauritius is home to more than 100 public beaches? Here’s a small of the top three magnificent beaches:
Flic en Flac
Located on the west, Flic en Flac stretches over more than 4 kms. Being one among the longest beaches of the Mauritius, Flic en Flac is offered some shade by the casuarina trees up. This will be perfect during noon, when the sun is at its culminating point.
Why not book your hotel at Flic en Flac itself? In doing so, you will be able to wake up with a beautiful scenery and the salty smell of seawater. It is also to be noted that the temperature of the turquoise water at Flic en Flac, is normally at around 26oC making it ideal for swimming.
Even wondered what living inside a postcard feels like? Yes? Prepare to be amazed by Grand Bay. Possessing of numerous services such as hotels, sports activities, and shopping malls – Grand Bay Coeur De Ville. In other words, Grand Bay combines the modern American culture to the traditional Mauritian culture. In short, Grand Bay is well known for its milky white sand and azure lagoon offering undersea walk and water ski.
Claimed as a National Heritage according to the UNESCO, Le Morne which is situated in the southwest is ideal for relaxation purposes due to its seclusion from man-made creations – roads and cars.
Having an adequate clarity, Le Morne’s sea offers the reflection Le Morne Brabant, while having the possibility to be encircled by fish.
Mauritius Summer Dishes
So Summer is already here, and obviously everyone thinks of cold beverages, ice-creams. A loud tune playing on the street… Yes, it is the ice-cream seller, children as well as elders regrouping outside of their house, waiting patiently in order to buy a refreshment.
Normally at around Rs 35, the usual combination is vanilla/chocolate ice-cream, coconut syrup and chocolate topping and a waffle cone. One of the advantage of these ice-creams is that they are homemade and thus do not have a commercial taste
What would be Summer in Mauritius without it’s delicious fruits? Indeed, Summer in Mauritius is greeted by mangoes, litchis and longan. Just like ice-cream sellers, you will also find pickle fruit hawkers at the famous cities – Port Louis, Rose-Hill and Curepipe. At approximately Rs 15, you may enjoy the sweet taste of mangoes or pineapples mixed with a piquant chilli powder – It’s a pure bliss!
Summer remains the best period to visit the island of Mauritius. With the array of tropical fruits, the ideal temperatures and the beautiful weather, you will surely enjoy wonderful holidays. Yet, remain cautious, summer also means a lot of mosquitoes and if you are unlucky or lucky – depends on you – you might be on the island during the island – so remained informed.
Have fun in Mauritius!
Here is a little surpise for you!
4 longans without seeds
1 ounce of white wine.
½ ounce of white rum
Sprite as a top-up
Take the longans and add some ice in a rock glass. Pour the white wine and the rum. Finally, add some sprite and then stir.