Mauritius is a melting pot of cultures, religions and ethnic groups from all across the globe including Europe, Africa, India and China. Add in the fact that the country has been colonised at different times by the French, British and the Dutch and you’ll see Mauritius has rightly earned the nickname, the “Continent Island”.
The end result is a delightfully mixed cultural heritage that is perhaps best displayed in the capital, Port Louis. Here, Indian temples, colonial houses and Islamic mosques sit side by side. Smell spices in China Town or walk through tea plantations in the countryside. We also love watching the evening sega shows that take place in many resorts across the island.
How to get your cultural kicks in Mauritius…
- Euréka House: a colonial-era plantation house from the 1830s complete with wrap-around veranda
- Pamplemousses Botanical Garden: the oldest botanic gardens in the southern hemisphere
- Grand Bassin: a sacred Hindu lake also known as Ganga Talao which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites outside of India
- Sega shows: once the dance of slaves, sega is an important part of Mauritian culture
- Cap Malheureux: home to the ocean-side red-roofed Notre Dame Auxiliatrice church at the northern point of the island
Where to Stay: Veranda Paul & Virginie offers you the chance to engage in Mauritian culture with a number of excursions. Have lunch in a local home or go fishing aboard a traditional pirogue boat.
Find Out More
Mauritius Travel Guide: an introduction
Beaches: our top picks
Nature & Wildlife: from waterfalls to giant tortoises
Adventure & Watersports: getting active
Cuisine: what to eat and drink