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Mauritius

PRESENTATION OF THE ISLAND

Geography

Mauritius is an old volcanic island of more than 10 million years. Mauritius is located in the Southwest Indian Ocean, about 2,000 km from the east coast of Africa and 900 km of Madagascar. It is part of the Mascarene Archipelago, along with islands such as Réunion, Rodrigues and St. Brandon. The island gained Independence on the 12 March 1968 and was proclamed as a Republic on 12 March 1992.


Capital and Main Cities

Port Louis is the Capital and Seaport of Mauritius, located in the west north-west of the island. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is located in the southeast, near the historic town of Mahebourg. The main Towns and Cities are on the interior of the island, including Beau Bassin, Rose Hill, Quatre Bornes, Vacoas and Curepipe.


Money

Mauritian rupee. The exchange rate varies around Rs 40 for 1 Euro.


Language

English (official), but the French and Creole commonly spoken.


Religion

In the multi-ethnic culture of Mauritius, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism coexist peacefully.


When to go & Climate

The island is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed.

The austral summer, which lasts from November to April is hot and humid. Temperatures vary from 26 ° C to 32 ° C. Heavy rainfall can occur, but they generally do not extend. It is also during this period that the risk of cyclone is greatest.

The winter season, from June to September, is more pleasant. Temperatures range from 20 ° C to 26 ° C. The nights can be cold, especially on the central plateau. In this region, where the altitude is about 600 meters, the temperatures are always below 3 ° to 5 ° C.

The island is subject to winds all year long. The south and east coasts are generally more windy and slightly wetter than the north and west.

The sea is warm in summer (26 ° C to 29 ° C) and cools significantly in winter (20 ° to 23 ° C). As Mauritius is located in the tropics, the sun sets relatively early : between 18h and 19h, depending on the season.


Markets

Port Louis : Monday - Sunday | Curepipe : Wednesday & Saturday | Quatre Bornes : Thursday & Sunday | Mahebourg : Monday | Centre de Flacq : Wednesday & Sunday


Emergency

For the Ambulance, dial 114. For the rest, call at the reception of your hotel or the local representative of your travel agent.

Police : 999, Fire Department : 995, Ambulance : 114

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